Finding Treasures Through Demolition Sales
When older homes are slated for demolition, pieces of their character can be salvaged and used again. If you're building a new house, this is a great chance to incorporate a few unique housing elements.
Demolition sales have become a popular past time for many house enthusiasts. They offer a chance to find interesting molding, cabinetry, lighting, and even fireplace marble that would otherwise be lost to the scrap yard. These sales also are valuable to buyers of new homes under construction, as they allow buyers to find interesting items and incorporate them during the building process.
The best way to find demolition sales is through Internet or newspaper advertisements. It also helps to call area demolition companies to get on their mailing list for upcoming sales.
Before the sale, call the company or look on their web site for details of what will be sold. You might find a wealth of possible treasures or a house full of items that do not fit your tastes or housing style. Also ask about what payment methods they accept.
Talk with your builder about the items you are looking for and make a list of measurements or specifications you'll need. On the sale day, plan to arrive early and bring some tools or your builder. In most cases, you will have to disassemble the items and remove them that day. (Children often are not allowed at these sales for safety reasons.)
As you look at various windows, chandeliers, and appliances, check the condition and verify the specifications. Sales typically are final and may involve bidding.
Demolition sales can be an exciting experience, particularly when you find a hidden treasure. It helps to arrive prepared, however, and have a game plan for the day.
Allison E. Beatty is an avid old house enthusiast who has been renovating houses and writing about them for more than 10 years. She contributes regularly to national newspaper, magazines and web sites. She lives in an 1888 Victorian era home.
By Allison E. Beatty