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How to recycle a house

Today’s post is a guest post.

Many Americans have already converted to the “green” idea, i.e. they are recycling as much rubbish as they can. Bottles, paper and cans are recycled and kitchen refuse is used to start a compost heap, which in turn keep a vegetable garden going.

While you would research the terms and conditions of a mortgage loan, perhaps using a mortgage calculator, such as the one at MoneySupermarket, to find the best rate, when considering buying a home, you could also start taking note of how to recycle your home in a process called deconstruction.

Deconstruction is a process of demolition to keep building rubble out of landfills. In essence it combines the salvage and recovery of all the building materials and reusing and recycling it in new and creative ways. You can look at it as building in reverse.

Approximately 124,670,000 tons of debris is produced each year in the USA by demolishing buildings. By reusing what has already been used, the demands on natural resources are reduced significantly.

One way of saving money with “deconstruction” is this – if you are for instance not happy with your kitchen and bathroom cabinets and their features, you can have these items auctioned off and then removed from your property.

Alternatively, you can use “deconstructed” materials to build and outfit an entire new kitchen. It would be far cheaper than what the new items would have cost you.

By getting used to the concept of deconstructing, you are paving the way for savings and you can do so in the following ways:

1. Ordinarily, you would have to pay a renovator to remove the old items or building rubble but not anymore. Now, you can get paid for the removal of these items.

2. The deconstructed items themselves are bought from you by the company that does the deconstructing; thereby you are earning something for items that would previously have been dumped.

3. The money earned for the older items sold can now be used to pay for the new items you require for the renovations you are planning.

4. By having sold the items, it means they are reused and you have kept these items out of a rubbish dump, thus doing your bit for the environment.

5. People are buying “deconstructed” items and because they are cheaper than the new ones, they are treating themselves to a bargain.

When you deconstruct an entire house, it means that instead of the whole house being flattened and the rubble removed to a landfill site, now the bricks can be reused, as can the lumber and flooring etc.

The recycling is already a splendid action but apart from that, the new companies that operate the deconstruction services provide jobs for those who might previously have been unemployed.

You are saving money and at the same time you are giving back to the environment and the community.

Cultivate the philanthropist in you and donate “deconstructed” items if you don’t need the money yourself and your finances allow for it. See it as organ donation, this time doing right by the environment and the less fortunate.

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