Guide to Cleaning up after DIY Projects

There are plenty of do-it-yourselfers out there who love to tackle a significant home improvement project. Some of these projects might include replacing the siding, tearing off and installing a new roof, or even adding on an entirely new room to the house. Home improvers may change things up to increase the value of the home, to break from the norm, or simply to challenge themselves. The fact remains, however, that large undertakings create waste materials that must be removed. There are ways of disposing of waste and cleaning up after a big home improvement project.

Guide to Cleaning up after DIY Projects

Consider the job of roof replacement, for example. Worn out shingles, old nails, and an occasional section of rafters are discarded, and when tossed to the ground, you do not want them becoming hidden in the grass. This could prove disastrous to a future lawn mowing mission. A tarp placed under the location of the work being done is your best bet. It will collect the waste materials as they are tossed down and can then be rolled up and taken to a bin where the items are then disposed of. It is important to watch out for flowers and other vegetation while positioning the tarp and moving it about.

DIY Cleanup

Once the job is finished, or the bin becomes full, it too must be taken away. Skip companies and professional waste removers are the most common methods utilized for the task. Skips are not very large and are bins carried on the back of a truck that are deposited at the site of the improvement job. As work on the house continues, waste materials are placed into the skip, and the truck returns to carry it away once full or the job is done. The large bins left by professional waste removers are often seen sitting on the street next to the house that is undergoing work. In these cases, the project is usually more extensive and requires more time to complete.

Many times, paint is involved in a major home improvement project. It probably goes without saying that if paint is applied in an area in which hard-to-move furniture or carpet is present, then liberal amounts of plastic must be placed over pretty much everything. If a dribble of paint finds its way to the carpet, it can dabbed with warm water, trimmed off the top if possible, or professionally removed.

A significant amount of waste will likely result from a big home improvement project. It will not seem like so much to clean up afterward if care is taken, before the job even begins, to prepare. With some tarp, a collection bin, and some plastic, many cleanup jobs will be no sweat at all.