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Post-Project Storing & Storage Part 5

June 14, 2019

Storing Safely Today Ensures The Success Of Future Renovations & Remodeling Projects


Now that the final nail has been pounded, the final tile has been laid and the last bolt has been tightened thus wrapping up your home’s remodeling and/or renovation project, it is now time to clean up the debris and consolidate what particular items or remodeling essentials are being kept and what is likely to be scrapped. Often this includes, but is not necessarily solely limited to, excess building supplies, such as tile, hardwood, carpet, laminate, or linoleum flooring, as well as any extra framing/foundation materials, such as concrete, lumber, hardware, or spare drywall and sheetrock. Furthermore, with the multitude of equipment (power/pressure washers, nail guns, jackhammers, paint sprayers, etc.) and plethora of hand and power tools (saws, hammers, screw guns, and/or wrenches) that are typically used during a residential renovation project, the need for proper organization and adequate housing/storage, is absolutely vital.


Storing excess materials as opposed to donating or trashing them is not always widely embraced by many homeowners, contractors, and DIYers, however storing surplus materials and tools purchased to complete a renovation project is an excellent alternative giving you the flexibility to tackle that next project without repurchasing these items. Having a plan in place for organization and storage of these items used for home renovations, residential remodels, or general home improvement projects is equally important.


We’ve collaborated with many customers, clients, contractors, and locals to poll our collective knowledge and create an easy checklisted guideline to follow during the post-construction phase of your home’s remodeling/renovation project.


What Particulars To Store After You Have Completed Your Home Improvement Project


By and large, the type of items or “keepables” that are often left over from a custom home renovation or remodel can be divided and, in turn, organized into three main categories: materials, tools, and miscellaneous. Deciding what is worthy of retention and what is deemed better off casted away can prove challenging, however, we’ve made it notably simple to begin implementing these storing techniques and strategies and thus ensuring your remodeling experience ends on the highest note possible.


Excess & Extra Materials

Granted a majority of the materials and building/construction supplies have likely been utilized or “used-up” during your home improvement project/renovation, but there is often a fair amount of surplus that can be retained for later use. Such as for repairs later on down the road to certain aspects of the remodel or endeavoring for future projects. Listed below are a few of the many things we recommend to store locally at a storage facility’s storage unit as well as why you should retain them instead of permanent disposal.


Flooring Materials; Caulking, Grout, Tiles, Hardwood Slats, Linoleum Rolls, Laminate Rolls, and Carpet Bundles.

As time progresses and foot traffic takes its toll on a home’s flooring system, the need for repairs and minor replacements should not be ignored or postponed longer than necessary; especially if, as proper foresight has shown, a homeowner planned ahead and kept the excess of flooring materials back from when they initially upgraded their floor.


Wood & Lumber; Framework, 2x2s, 2x4s, 4x4s, Plywood, Treated Lumber, Shims, Cabinetry, and Wood Glue.

Similar to why keeping excess or extra flooring safely stored for future use is definitely recommended, properly keeping/storing your extra wood and lumber can prove equally as rewarding; although lumber and wood tend to offer more options regarding future use and implementation.

Hardware & Fixtures; Nails, Screws, Nuts, Bolts, Tacks, Excess Wiring, Plumbing Pipes, Utility Lines, Light Fixtures, and Custom Lighting.

The possible uses and choices for implementation with spare hardware and fixtures is absolutely endless! Whether you’re needing to affect a minor repair or update to your home’s features and elements or are beginning a new remodeling or renovation project altogether, having the foresight to keep and properly stores these essentials can definitely prove invaluable.


Tools & Equipment

Hand Tools; Roofing Hammers, Framing Hammers, Screwdrivers, Wood Saws, Wrenches, Clamps, Cutters, and Pliers.

While most homeowners and contractors alike typically keep these particular items due to their versatility and wide-range of utilization, we felt it was still important to list them as essential for safekeeping and recommended for self-storage.

Power Tools; Electric Screw Guns, Electric Screwdrivers, Skill Saws (gas & electric), Sawzalls, Impact Wrenches, and Impact Hammers.

Harkening back to the well-roundedness in both application and use regarding hand tools and the importance of their proper storage, much of the same can be applied to the various power tools that are usually found before, during, and after a home remodeling or renovation project. Moreover, when one considers the overall cost and financial impact that those self same power tools can have on a home improvement undertaking, the need for storing them safely and securely becomes nearly inarguable.

Specialty Equipment; Concrete Grinders, Earth Compactors, Power Washers, Pressure Washers, Jackhammers, Pressure Drills, Paint Sprayers, Paint Guns, Texturing Machines

Often the storage and proper housing of specialty equipment is geared more towards general contractors or specialized servicemen (plumbers, electricians, engineers) as opposed to the average homeowner or DIYer, however, the fundamentals and necessity for safe & proper storage is undeniably universal.


Oddities & Miscellaneous Items

Aspects, Elements, & Appliances; Cabinetry, (Re)Usable Flooring/Countertops, Kitchen Islands, and Shelving.

Once a homeowner or even a construction contractor successfully completes an overhaul or upgrade to a property’s interior/exterior features, not only does their “inventory” of building supplies and materials grow but their renovational prowess and overall inclination to exercise that prowess increases as well. As such, this often translates into future/further projects oriented towards home improvement as well as rectifying any issues that arise around the property. By retaining and later repurposing those extra appliances and materials, contractors and DIYers alike save a tremendous amount of time, money, and effort.

Building Essentials; Saw Horses, Scaffolding, Paint Shields, Ladders, Step-Ups, Tarps & Canvas, and Wheelbarrows

For the sake of necessary redundancy and reiteration, we strongly advise any homeowners and/or construction companies (contractors) to consider seeking out a storage unit at a local storage facility in order to safely and securely store your building essentials. Whether the particulars consist of saw horses and scaffolding or wheelbarrows and ladders, storing them in a nearby storage compound ensures that they will be safe from fire, water, rust, and any other elements as well as the very real possibility of theft or misplacement and ready for future use!

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