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Post Construction Cleanup Guide

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Post Construction Cleanup Guide

The major home addition you’ve wanted for so long is finally complete. You laid down the floor you wanted, painted the walls just the right color and made sure the wiring is just right. Now, you can proceed to enjoy life in your new, improved home – right? Well, not so fast. There’s probably a lot of trash and materials you’ll need to have shipped off your property before your life gets completely back to normal.


According to a 2009 study from the National Association of Home Builders, an estimated 8,000 pounds of waste is created from the construction of a 2,000 square foot home. The majority of that waste, the group says, is made up of wood, cardboard and drywall.


That is a lot of waste to haul away. How do you find someone to do your post construction clean up?

  1. 1.Are you licensed, bonded and insured?

    An estimated 8,000 pounds of waste is created from the construction of a 2,000 square foot home.

    Make sure the clean-up professional you use for your after construction waste is licensed, bonded and insured. That means they’ve met all the standards laid out for them by your city or state. It also helps them prove to you that they are a legitimate business and can be trusted with your project.

  2. 2.Can you work quickly?

    You probably don’t want to live with a bunch of sawdust, trash and leftover materials. Be clear about the perimeters of your job. Ask your clean up professionals how long it will take to complete the job.

  3. 3.Are you equipped to handle my mess?

    Will your clean up contractors haul away trash for you? If so, how? Will you be expected to provide cleaning supplies or will they bring their own? Let them know if you have anything that could be considered hazardous waste and ask if they are able to dispose of it properly.

  5. 4.Do you have references?

    You don’t want to let just anyone in and around your home. Get references from your cleaning pros. Ask the references if they were happy with the work the professionals did and if they would hire them again. You might also consider asking them if their employees have undergone background checks.

  6. 5.How big is your crew?

    A large, efficient crew means your job gets done faster. Ask how many people will be assigned to your clean up job. Ask about their hiring practices when hiring crew members. Ask what jobs they will do, and what they expect you to do.

  7. 6.Plan.

    Don’t wait until the last minute to find and schedule a cleaning crew. Include it as part of your budget when you are planning your construction project. This will help ensure the project goes smoothly from beginning to end. It means you won’t be stuck living in chaos for longer than you have to.


    The way your project ends is just as important as how it begins. Ask the right questions to find a clean-up crew that can have your property spick and span in no time.

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