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House renovations are extremely common in the metro Vancouver area. If you’re a home owner, chances are you’ve probably done some repairs over the years. This may range from small scale repairs like repainting walls to more labor and monetarily intensive jobs like replacing flooring, removing walls to create more open space, or even renovating entire rooms (kitchen, bathroom or basement suite etc.).

Needless to say, if you’re doing a moderate to major repair on your house or property, chances are you’re going to be left with some excess materials and debris. Depending on the job you’ve done you could be left with dry wall, flooring, old appliances, bath tubs – you name it.

So when you’re planning your renovation, keep in mind two key things: how much stuff you think you’ll have left over that you’ll need to get rid of and how you’re going to do it.

Here are a few of the common ways to get rid of your excess reno materials.

1. Put it out with the trash, recycling or kitchen and yard waste.

For small renovations and home improvement jobs you can sometimes get away with putting your leftover materials out with your household garbage, recycling or kitchen and yard waste. For example, we have black berry prickle bushes in the back of our home that we cut down annually. We have the large kitchen and yard waste container so after we chop down these demon bushes we’ll put a portion in every week. It can’t all be done at once but we have space to keep them dry in our shed so they don’t make a mess. This is a cost effective, but time consuming solution.

2. Call a friend with a truck.

Redoing one of your bathrooms? You might end up getting stuck with an old shower stall or bath tub. This can be a little awkward. Calling a friend with a truck can be a good solution for this type of load. Doing a dump run with an old bath tub or shower stall won’t cost too much. You’ve got the tipping fee, gas, along with both parties time. You might have to buy them lunch for helping you too.

3. Rent a truck or trailer.

If you’re doing a slightly bigger renovation, renting an attachable trailer (if you have a ball hitch installed on your car) or a truck is a viable way of doing the cleanup. Renovations that have you laying new floors, getting rid of old furniture, sofas and sectionals may require that increased space and your friends half-tonne pickup might not suffice. This will often cost you a disposal fee at the transfer station/landfill, a certain dollar amount per kilometer, gas as well as your time and effort. Keep in mind who will be doing the heavy and repetitive lifting. If you’re fine with the doing the lifting yourself, this solution could work well. Keep in mind that you need to leave the truck or trailer clean, if not, they’ll charge you a cleaning fee.

4. Rent a bin.

This is much more serious endeavor. You’ve decided to do some serious construction. A bin is generally rented for high volume or heavy loads, and for materials like concrete, wood, dirt, drywall and green waste. We rented a bin when we jack-hammered the concrete from our old upper level parking spot. This was over one hundred and fifty square feet and the concrete was almost a foot deep. Needless to say this was a heavy load. I did the jack hammering as well as the bin loading. This was an extremely repetitive task. Being young and strong, it was tolerable. The cost was several hundred dollars and I had to do all of the work. Fortunately, the bin was dropped on the street right beside the parking spot, so the distance was a couple feet away. It would have been a lot more difficult if it were a hundred feet away from the bin. Take the time and properly assess the difficulty and distance of your potential bin placement and load.

5. Hire a junk removal company.

For reno jobs that involve removing a couple key pieces of furniture like a mattress and box spring to taking more than a tonne of debris or yard waste, a junk removal company can make your life significantly easier. This is by the far easiest method of junk removal for homeowners in the Vancouver area. A company like ours will do all the heavy lifting, completely removing the possibility of injury to you and those that would have been helping you. Depending on the load, the cost of our service can be comparable to renting a truck or bin, especially when you factor in your time and costs at the landfill or transfer station.

These are the most common ways to remove the leftover debris and waste from your renovation project. You can take a more hands-on, physical approach and do the bulk of the work yourself, or you can have a junk company do the heavy lifting for you. The consideration will be how much work you want to do yourself, your budget, size of load and amount of free time you have to dedicate to cleaning up.

View our cost effect rates or book an appointment to free up your time and make your junk removal task effortless.