This post started out to be a quick update on the two renovation projects we currently have running, but you know me: I can’t resist wagging my tongue when something finally sinks in. So, I’m going to preach (probably to the choir) about dumpsters first, and give a short update at the end.
Many rehabbers use dumpsters at their projects—certainly all of the ones you see on television. But others let the refuse pile up or pile it onto trailers to take to the dump when they are ready. The GC I have used for the last eight years falls into the later camp. “Why pay the money for a dumpster when I can haul stuff away much cheaper?” he asked the first time I suggested getting one. Not being intimate with that part of the business, his logic swayed me. He is handling the Villa Park project.
We decided to use a dumpster at the Blue Ridge project as we brought on a new GC who actually preferred renting a dumpster. The photos at the right show the difference between the two projects, both run by professional contractors who are very good at what they do.
I won’t compare overall costs, because the two projects are radically different and have produce dramatically differing qualities of debris. But priced by the yard, the dumpster method seems to win out, even in cost. Thirty yards of debris cost roughly $500 to dispose of at Blue Ridge. The same amount of debris cost about $450 to dispose of at Villa Park. So I saved $50 by having my GC haul off the waste. But take another look at the two pictures.
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