8 Things to Donate to the ReStore When Renovating

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By Elizabeth Hefner, Director of Development and Communications

8 Things to Donate to the ReStore When Renovating

With the weather getting warmer and spring now in full swing, I recently started putting together a list of different projects I can do this month to spruce up my home. Home improvement projects are fun, but they always produce so much trash! Still, even when it feels impossible to get rid of everything I don’t need without adding to my renovation expenses, I know I can always turn to ReStore Montco — they make it a breeze to complete my home improvement projects on a budget and get rid of the old items that I no longer want to keep.

Donating leftover project materials to the ReStore keeps functional — and often times, desirable — home renovation items out of landfills. ReStore Montco resells your donated home improvement goods and uses this money to help build homes hardworking families in Montgomery County can purchase for an affordable cost.

By donating your used or new home improvement goods, you contribute to your community in many ways. You allow other home renovators to get the materials they need for their projects at an affordable cost, and you help others achieve their dream of stable housing.

 

What can be donated?

In general, ReStore Montco accepts donations that are in good condition and can later be re-used.  Before you donate, make sure that any small parts in multi-piece items like doorknobs, ceiling fans, and lighting are all together. Check for rust, sharp nails or broken boards. Donations that are clean and in good condition are easy to reuse and can be sold at the ReStore.

Here are 8 types of construction waste that can be donated:

Sinks, toilets, and bathtubs

Donating is a great way to keep these bulky items out of landfills. If you are donating a bathtub or sink, make sure to check for stains.  For porcelain items, be sure that there are no major chips. Even the smallest defects can discourage renovators from purchasing your donated items from the ReStore.

Cabinets

Remodeling a kitchen often means replacing kitchen cabinets. Luckily, someone else may want those kitchen cabinets you remove, and recycling them will cut down on construction waste. Kitchen cabinets should be in good working order: Check to make sure that the drawer pulls work, and keep the doors and drawers together when you donate them.

Working appliances

You also can donate working appliances like stoves, refrigerators, and washing machines. Just make sure that they are clean and in good working order.

Doors and windows

Both internal and external doors are examples of donated items which, when recycled, can be used by someone else. The most useful doors are clean and undamaged, so look for holes or alterations before donating. Sliding glass patio doors can also be donated when they are no longer being used. If you are donating sliding glass doors or windows, checking for cracks or holes in the glass is particularly important; these cracks might make the glass unstable and likely to break.

Lumber

Wood from framing or other home improvement projects can be easily recycled. The ReStore accepts donated lumber, but we request that each piece come without exposed nails and screws because these can pose a safety hazard to our staff and customers. With some types of treated wood, ripped or sharp edges can be a major concern. Be sure to check for these hazards before making your donation.  

Tiles and wood flooring

The Restore can re-sell any wood flooring that is in good condition. We typically look for clean, undamaged wood flooring with no visible nails and screws. We also accept donations of extra boxes of tiles that are left over from home improvement projects.

Lighting

Light fixtures can be donated to the ReStore.  The ReStore has a high demand for working light fixtures. You can also donate light switches, switch covers and wiring to cut your construction waste down even more.

Door handles and cabinet knobs

Many people replace door handles and cabinet knobs to update a room's appearance. These fixtures are often still in good condition and can be donated to a local salvage shop. Door handles are most useful when all bits and screws are kept together, so be sure to collect all of the pieces in a bag before donating.

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As you tackle your next renovation project, keep the ReStore in mind.  If you have any questions or if you would like to schedule a donation pick-up, please email donations@habitatmontco.org.