Before you throw that used brick in a landfill, remember that recycled building materials can fetch a tidy profit. Used brick develops a worn patina that makes it more attractive to many homeowners and interior designers. With a little effort on your part, you can sell your brick to a contractor or private party.
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Sort your used bricks first. Place all bricks that are chipped or are half-bricks into one pile. You may not be able to sell these. Place all good quality bricks into a second pile.
Find green, or environmentally conscience, contractors in your community using the Green Contractor Guide. Then call these local companies and inform them that you have used brick, which you intend to sell. If your price is right, a contractor may purchase your bricks and use them on a client's home.
Place a classified ad in your local newspaper advertising your used bricks for sale. Also, place an ad online for your local community on Craigslist.org, or a similar site. Be sure to adequately describe your brick, the amount that you have, and the cost.
Show interested parties your used bricks, either in person or by photographing the material and sending it to them online. Review offers that come in and choose one based upon price and quantity. It's better to sell all of the bricks to one customer than a handful to someone who is willing to pay more per brick.
Donate used bricks to a non-profit organisation that needs building material, such as Habitat for Humanity, if you are unable to find a buyer for them. Remember to obtain a receipt for your donation so that you may take a tax deduction later.
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