If you bought a home with a ramshackle garage, and the garage has never been in the best or safest shape and has finally collapsed, you may be wondering what to do with it. It is, essentially, unsalvageable since it was probably quite unusable for anything other than storage beforehand. Here are a few tips to hep you manage this situation and help you deal with the garage remnants.
Consult with Your City's Building Permit Department
If the city's building inspector gets word that you have a collapsed garage on your property, you may have a very limited amount of time to remove it or receive a fine. Begin by asking the building permit department in your city hall if you need a permit to remove all of the debris that used to be a garage. If you do need a permit, you should be ready to purchase it right then and there, as you have just alerted the city to the fact that you have this collapsed building on your property. If you do not need a permit, you will probably receive a warning about the amount of time you have to remove it before the city gets involved.
Garbage Removal Options
Typically, most city garbage collections will not take lots of bulk garbage on regular garbage days. You will have to find out when special collections occur and whether or not you have to have special tags from the city so that the garbage collectors know where and what to pick up on these special collection days. Your city may also refuse to pick up the debris from your fallen garage, in which case you will either need to take several truckloads of the stuff to the dump yourself, or rent garbage dumpsters to help you remove the mess from your yard in a timely fashion.
If you rent a big enough dumpster and the dumpster rental and garbage collection company does not have any rules about recycling or sorting the debris, you can quickly and easily get rid of all of the walls and ceiling of the garage. You may need a reciprocating saw to cut much of the roof and walls down to a manageable size, but then you can toss all of the pieces into the rented dumpster. If you have extra hands to help, you may be able to remove and dispose of the fallen structure in a day or two.
These days, there are so many new inventions and weird components to machines and appliances. It's hard to know what's safe to keep, recycle, or throw away when something is all used up. For example, I didn't know until a few months ago what to do with old ink cartridges, used computers, or antique printers. I finally called my local recycling center and asked for a list of things that can be recycled. They even told me about this weeklong event they hold every year where they set up recycling pickup stations for large items so you don't have to drive all the way to the center. Learn more tips and tricks about garbage removal on my blog.