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6 Ways to Save on a Renovation: Perth’s Best Secrets

Posted on Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

6 Ways to Save on a Renovation: Perth’s Best Secrets

1. Get a Deal on Fixtures and Materials

Material costs and appliances are two of the biggest renovation expenses.

If you’re savvy and willing to shop, you can find great deals from warehouses that sell overstock from other suppliers, unused renovation materials from other projects and even salvage from other homes.

This ‘salvage’ isn’t cheap and dirty either – most of it is brand new, but simply was overstocked or not used in the original project it was meant for.

 

One such discount vendor in Perth is Ross’s Discount Home Centre.

 

They’ve got a large warehouse in Guildford that stocks, among other things:

 

  • Tiles
  • Kitchen & Laundry
  • Bathroom
  • Tapware
  • Appliances
  • Doors & Windows
  • Office Furniture

There are other discount warehouses in South of the River suburbs like Fremantle, Canning Vale, and more – have a look for yourself and get saving!

 

2. Check out Your Local Auctions

Auctions are another great way to save on appliances and materials.

Held for any number of reasons (estate sale, house reposessed, items simply no longer needed, etc.), auctions sell all sorts of items and furniture to the highest bidder. If you know where to look, you can save a bundle!

 

Ross’s Auctioneers and Valuers is a good example here as well – they hold both live and online auctions for everything from flooring and appliances to furniture, wine and industrial equipment.

 

3. Ask About Floor Models

A well-known trick, but a good one! Next time you’re wandering the selection of ovens and washing machines in, say, Good Guys Armadale or Harvey Norman Cannington, ask a sales rep if they’ve got any floor models (sometimes called display models) for sale.

If they’re getting rid of old stock or just making room for new, they may sell you the refrigerator on display for a tidy savings.

PRO TIP: You can save $$$ getting rid of your old appliances too – find out how here.

 

4. Factory Seconds

Factory seconds are retail items which, through minor fault of manufacture, are sold to the public for a reduced rate rather than being discarded.

An appliance with a minor blemish, tiny ding, or old model can come your way for a big discount through vendors offering such factory seconds.

Various major retailers carry factory seconds or clearance items. For example, Fridge and Washer City offers seconds in their Joondalup, Morley, and O’Connor stores. For online, check out www.2ndsworld.com.au and similar vendors that specialise in this area.

 

5. Some DIY

Whatever you can do yourself… do yourself!

Avoid labour and installation costs, save on materials by making your own choices, and even learn a thing or two along the way.

The thing to remember here is not to overstretch yourself. Stay within your skill limits – a botched DIY job will cost you more than getting a professional in. Some areas you may want to avoid are bathroom (waterproofing), plumbing (obvious reasons) and electrical (even more obvious reasons).

 

6. Hire a Skip Bin

Don’t get stuck paying for expensive junk removal once the dust has cleared. Don’t ruin your front lawn with a pile of heavy waste. And don’t waste time figuring out what to do with piles of renovation scrap or junk you’ve cleared out of your back room.

Hire a skip bin right off the bat. At Bonza Bins, we offer competitive rates and exceptional service for skip bins in Fremantle, Canning Vale, Armadale and all suburbs between South Perth and Freo.

Here’s a list of tips on choosing the right skip bin for your project.

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What is a Zero-Waste Household?

Posted on Sunday, October 15th, 2017

Over the past few years, many millions of people have taken steps to begin lowering their carbon emissions and the amount of waste they throw out. We recycle more, we switch to energy-saving light bulbs, and we put our leftover food into compost bins. All of these things are great first steps to take when it comes to looking after the environment. And although remembering to recycle yesterday’s newspaper instead of putting it in the regular bins seems insignificant, over time it can add up – especially if lots of people are doing it.

 

But some families have taken it further. One example is the family of Bea Johnson – the author of the book Zero Waste Home, which instructs families on how to live a Zero Waste life. Since 2009, Bea and her family have reduced their household waste to an astounding one-litre jar a year. For many families, they wouldn’t even be able to fit their waste for a single day into the same sized jar.

 

You might be wondering just how they do it – and how you can take your first steps to living in a Zero Waste Household, too. Just some of the ways Bea reduced her family’s waste are:

 

  • Taking her own reusable jars to butchers and wholesale markets to avoid packaging;
  • Making her own beauty products;
  • Making her own cleaning products for the home;

 

Just some of the things that Bea no longer finds she needs to purchase once she started getting creative include:

 

  • Food packaging;
  • Paper towels, napkins, and tissues;
  • Sponges;
  • Rubbish bags;
  • Razors;
  • Toothpicks;
  • Hairspray;
  • Wrapping paper; and
  • Shampoo

 

Overall, Bea and her family saved so much money that they were able to install solar panels on their roof, saving them even more money in energy bills.

 

Lauren Singer, who was inspired by Bea’s lifestyle, began living a Zero Waste Lifestyle, too. Over three years, she produced only enough rubbish to fit inside of a small mason jar. She credits her success to composting leftover food, buying food in bulk with no packaging, and buying second-hand clothes.

 

So, what can you do to begin on the path to a Zero Waste Home?

 

Buy in Bulk

Buying your food in bulk and taking your own containers to bring them home in will reduce your waste significantly – as will shopping for your fresh fruit and veggies at a farmer’s market and getting your meat fresh from a butcher.

 

Clean Out your Cleaning Supplies

Cleaning supplies not only take up a lot of space in your cupboard, but any homeowner will know that opening the kitchen sink leads to a treasure trove of plastic bottles.

 

Many basic and effective cleaning supplies can be made at home using a small number of ingredients, such as bicarbonate of soda and white vinegar.

 

Drive Less

While not directly relating to your household waste, we all know that driving isn’t the most environmentally friendly of practices, especially if you’re doing it every day. Instead, try using public transport or car sharing to get to work, and if you know you have plenty of errands to run, try to fit them all in the same day. This will reduce your fuel consumption, leading to more money in your pocket and less congestion on the roads.

 

Say No to Plastic Bags

Plastic bags are nothing short of a menace to society, and the less you use them, the better. Take your own fabric or long-life bags to markets and shops, and say no to plastic bags. The environment will thank you for it.

 

Recycle, Recycle, Recycle

By now, we’re all pretty aware of how important it is to recycle, but it pays to stay vigilant. Place your recycling bin in a prominent position in your home so that it’s easy for you and your family to recycle, and if you’re undergoing a big renovation, hire a skip bin from a company that ensures your waste will be properly and efficiently recycled.

 

If you haven’t quite managed to get your waste down to a mason jar, our skip bins are available in a range of sizes to suit your needs. Get in contact with Bonza Bins today to see how we can help you.

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Don’t Make This Big Mistake When Moving

Posted on Friday, September 15th, 2017

You’re moving house. You’ve got the keys to your new place and you’re getting ready to say goodbye to your old one. You’ve made checklists, rounded up all of your spare keys, and packed up your worldly possessions, ready to make the big move.

 

So, where are you going wrong? We’ll tell you.

 

You’re taking too much with you!

 

Maybe you did a pre-move purge that resulted in a thinned-out wardrobe and fewer pots and pans, but we can almost guarantee that, if you’re getting set to move home, you’re taking too much with you.

 

Think of it this way: the more you take with you, the more you have to unpack, and the more cramped your new home is going to be. This is especially true if you’re moving into a house or a flat that has less space than your previous living space. Some people choose to have a skip bin in their old home, throwing out things they no longer need before they move, and a bin in their new home, to get rid of items that they find do not fit once they’ve arrived. But is that enough?

 

What can be done? Easy – take less stuff! Here are a few things you can leave behind that will make moving home much easier, and much lighter!

 

Appliances

If you scrimped and saved for months in order to buy yourself a retro Smeg fridge that you’ve been dreaming of for years, that’s an example of an appliance that you should absolutely pack up and take with you. If, on the other hand, you’re thinking of loading up your old, rusting, kind of smelly washing machine, then maybe it’s time to think again.

 

A new home is a time for fresh starts, and this can include your appliances. For anything that has seen better days and just isn’t doing the job properly anymore, you might be better off leaving it behind and purchasing a newer model to be delivered and installed in your new home.

 

For smaller appliances, consider what you really use. If your morning routine comprises of tea and toast, then your kettle and toaster should come along for the ride. If you bought a high-end blender and a novelty popcorn maker five years ago and you haven’t used them in the past six months – it could be time to sell them on and free up some counter space.

 

Your Mattress

When you consider that mattresses should really be replaced every seven years or so, you might realise that you’re due for an upgrade. If a mattress goes too long without being replaced, it can begin to sag and stop supporting you while you sleep. Over time, it will become more uncomfortable, and you could be left having sleepless nights.

 

If it’s time for an upgrade, designate your old mattress to the tip pile, and consider upgrading your bed frame too. Old bed frames could be donated to charity and your comfortable new bed could be delivered to your new home.

 

Junk

Not to be rude about your possessions, but there’s a good chance you’re hoarding a lot of junk in your house. We’re willing to bet you have at least one drawer that is set aside for miscellaneous ‘stuff’, and you’re not even completely sure what half of it is for.

 

Therefore, make it your mission to dispose of as much junk as you can. Get rid of any old wires and remotes that no longer control anything. Throw away the broken nail files and useless batteries that are rolling around at the back of the drawer. Donate old CDs that you don’t listen to because you no longer have a CD player, DVDs that you haven’t watched in years, and books that you’ve only read three chapters of.

 

Here are some more clutter clearing tips if you’ve got lots of general mess that needs organising.

 

Ultimately, you could save yourself several trips to the car, laden down with heavy boxes of junk.

 

Old Decor

If there’s anything in your current home that you don’t absolutely love and that you have no real use for, no one’s forcing you to bring it along. This means everything from the dusty armchair in the corner to the big potted plant that you’re always forgetting to water.

 

You want your new home to feel as you as possible – don’t cramp your own style by filling up your new space with items you simply don’t want or need.

 

If you’re moving home and looking to cut back on your belongings, you may well end up with a ‘get rid of’ pile that is bigger than your rubbish bins. Be prepared – consider skip bins! Our cheap skip bin hire in Perth is the perfect way to rid yourself of old and broken furniture that is getting in your way. Contact us today to find out how we can help, or check out our prices here.

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Replacing Your White Goods: How to Dispose of Your Old Appliances

Posted on Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

Large appliances such as your fridge, freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, and oven, are known as white goods, and the process of disposing of them isn’t as easy as throwing out an old pair of ripped jeans. If you’ve decided to replace any of your white goods, then you need to know how to properly and safely get rid of the old ones.

 

Selling or Giving Away

If you’re replacing an appliance that is still in good working condition, you may not need to dispose of it at all. Depending on its condition, you may be able to sell it on websites such as Gumtree or Facebook. You never know what somebody else might be looking for.  (For Facebook, try searching “buy and sell + your city or suburb name”. Groups and pages dedicated to trading and selling are becoming very common!)

If your appliance is looking a bit worse for wear, or has a few minor faults but still works well enough, your next best option could be to simply give it away for free. This benefits everyone involved, as you could be giving a helping hand to someone in need and it means you no longer have to deal with getting it removed properly. At worst, you might just have to be the one to drop it off to its new owner.

 

Talk to the Manufacturer

For some appliances, the original manufacturer will be happy to pick up their old wares once your new appliance has been delivered. They may charge you a small fee for the service, but you’ll be left with the peace of mind that your old appliance will be in safe hands. Most companies have an obligation to dispose of their old machines responsibly, so make sure you ask beforehand what their process of disposal is.

 

Contact the Council

Your council may have specific rules and regulations in place when it comes to the disposal of white goods. In order to avoid running into any trouble or breaking any local laws, make a point of contacting your council and talking to them about any rules that they may enforce when it comes to recycling.

 

In a best case scenario, you might discover that they offer a service that will dispose of your old goods for you, so it doesn’t hurt to give them a call!

 

Is It Valuable to Others?

Some people make a living out of salvaging useful materials out of scrap metal. Search around online to see if there is anyone in your area who could make good use out of your old appliance. If you’re not able to sell your machine on or donate it to a charity, passing it onto a metal recycler lets you know that your machine isn’t going to waste.

 

Don’t Lump It In

When it comes to kitchen renovations, some skip bin hire companies allow white goods to be included, while others don’t. At Bonza Bins, we allow white goods to be put in with kitchen renovation waste. Once your bin reaches the transfer station, your white goods are sent to metal recycling, and any fridges are de-gassed to ensure safety. We serve all of Perth with skip bins, and have skip bin sizes that will suit any appliance.

We also like to recycle everything else! Read here about our process for recycling and green waste.

Think About the Future

If you’re disposing of old appliances, that can only mean that you’re replacing them with newer models. While you’re shopping for your upgrade, make a point of looking for environmentally friendly options that have long warranties and a history of good service. The less white goods you have to dispose of in your lifetime, the better your impact on the world around you.

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