How to Sell Surplus Building Materials

Do you have piles of building materials left over after a recent job? It wouldn’t be much of a surprise if you do, whether you’re a do-it-yourselfer or a construction professional. As much as 30% of the materials delivered to the average jobsite end up unused. Here is our guide on how to sell surplus building materials to help you stay green with your project.

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How to Sell Surplus Building Materials: The Options

Professional builders might use the excess materials on another job, but even if that is a possibility, there still are some challenges. For example, where will everything be stored until a use is found for it? How will they transport, unload, and place surplus materials? Who will provide the labor? And who will remove them from storage and transport them to the jobsite when they are needed for a new project?

Builders often conclude saving surplus building materials for future use on another project is not cost-effective or simply is not worth the bother. And all too often, those surplus materials end up treated as construction waste and go to a landfill.

So, let’s assume you not only have piles of leftover building materials, but also, you don’t foresee needing them in the near future. That leaves you three main options for ridding yourself of surplus building materials: dispose of them as waste, donate them, or sell them.

Let’s also assume you are committed to keeping perfectly good building materials out of the construction waste stream, so you’ve rejected the disposal option. Donation is, of course, an ecologically and socially responsible way to eliminate your surplus materials problem. Someone else could make good use of them and keep all of that embodied carbon out of a landfill.

However, you’ve sunk a lot of money into purchasing the building materials you ended up not needing, and your preference would be to recoup as much of that investment as possible by selling what’s left over at the end of the job.

Recovering Some of Your Investment

That leaves an important question: How to sell surplus building materials?

You could post a sign or advertise in the local paper or list the materials for sale on a site like Craigslist or one of the growing number of sites devoted exclusively to reselling surplus construction and building materials, tools, and equipment.

But selling your surplus materials on your own can be time consuming and burdensome.

It takes time to create and place ads, answer phone calls or emails from potential buyers, respond to their questions, negotiate prices, arrange delivery or pickup, and so on. And during that time, the surplus materials need to be stored somewhere, which may mean loading them onto a truck, transporting them to the storage location, unloading them, and keeping them dry, safe, and secure until they’re sold. If you agree to deliver them, that involves another set of issues.

If you consider the value of your time and effort, you won’t make as much on the sale of your surplus materials as you might think, especially if you can’t sell everything to a single buyer and have to repeat the process several times with multiple buyers.

The most time-and cost-effective way to sell your surplus building materials is to work with a company that specializes in reselling construction surplus to the public. In most parts of the country, you should find a reputable dealer who buys and resells surplus building materials. The number of such dealers is growing along with the increasing demand for environmentally friendly ways to reduce the amount of construction waste destined for a landfill.

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What To Expect from a Company that Buys Surplus Building Materials?

Ideally, when you find a company willing to purchase your surplus building materials, you should count on it to do the things you lack the time, resources, or inclination to do yourself. For example, they should sort through the materials you want to sell and take most, if not all of them, off your hands.

Most companies that salvage surplus building materials buy a wide range of materials, such as

  • Wood
  • Plastic
  • Glass
  • Tiles
  • Carpeting
  • Flooring
  • Concrete
  • Bricks
  • Metal
  • Shingles
  • Pavers
  • Drywall
  • Plumbing supplies
  • Fixtures
  • Wiring, and more

Whatever you purchase to meet a particular project need, surely there will be buyers in need of the same materials, though perhaps not for the same purpose.

You can also rely on the salvage company to load and transport the materials they purchase from you. Once your surplus building materials leave your possession, they are no longer your concern, and you’re on to your next project.

Benefits of Selling Your Surplus Building Materials

Selling your excess building materials relieves you of the need to store them or transport them elsewhere for storage, which is particularly important if you don’t anticipate a near-term need for them. You also gain the peace of mind that comes from knowing you kept them out of a landfill and have not contributed to the massive amount of waste generated by building activities.

The greatest benefit to you, of course, is selling your surplus building materials and putting some of the money you paid for them back into your pocket!

Contact Repurposed Materials today to find out how we can help you find a new home for unwanted materials.