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Demolishing house question for removing built-in stuff

We will be demolishing an old house soon and I'm wondering what's the best way to get rid of built-in things, such as cabinetry, kitchens, toilets, windows, doors, etc. I'm not even looking to sell necessarily, more like just giving people the opportunity to come in and take out whatever can be reused, as I'd hate to just chuck everything. There are marketplaces for furniture and appliances (such as Ricardo, Facebook Marketplace, Englishforum marketplace), but is there a specific site or service that advertises to builders or construction companies that renovate?
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We will be demolishing an old house soon and I'm wondering what's the best way to get rid of built-in things, such as cabinetry, kitchens, toilets, windows, doors, etc. I'm not even looking to sell necessarily, more like just giving people the opportunity to come in and take out whatever can be reused, as I'd hate to just chuck everything. There are marketplaces for furniture and appliances (such as Ricardo, Facebook Marketplace, Englishforum marketplace), but is there a specific site or service that advertises to builders or construction companies that renovate?
I tried giving away the sanitary items in my bathroom - the only thing that actually got taken was the WC (which was the LAST thing I expected to be taken).

The rest I had to bring to the dump, and pay, to get rid of it.
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Re: Demolishing house question for removing built-in stuff

We had the Bauleiter arrange for demolition in our house, he and the crew were welcome to take anything they thought might be salvageable. The 80s kitchen appliances, countertops, bathroom fixtures, lights, some built-in closets and desks all found new lives. Simple, and made me happy that less stuff went to the dump.

If you are not doing the demolition yourself, ask whoever you hire to do it if they could use anything being taken out, chances are that at least something can be re-used somewhere somehow.
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I don't think there is much demand for 1980s stuff. But back in the UK there is a huge reclamation market for anything that's Georgian, Victorian, and even 1950s/60s. There are entire companies specialising in this stuff and you can buy anything from bathtubs and doors to reclaimed bricks. I've bought many an interesting item myself and love poking through the stuff they have on display in search of something special.

But as far as I have been able to find out there is nothing like that in Switzerland. I guess the Swiss are too rational.
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I don't think there is much demand for 1980s stuff. But back in the UK there is a huge reclamation market for anything that's Georgian, Victorian, and even 1950s/60s. There are entire companies specialising in this stuff and you can buy anything from bathtubs and doors to reclaimed bricks. I've bought many an interesting item myself and love poking through the stuff they have on display in search of something special.

But as far as I have been able to find out there is nothing like that in Switzerland. I guess the Swiss are too rational.
Based on most of the new buildings, and the extent of brutalist architecture in Zurich, I would say that more than rational it's a focus on function and less on style...
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Re: Demolishing house question for removing built-in stuff

When our house was renovated, the contractor put a bunch of things on Ricardo for 1 ChF. I know that all of the veryold windows, a random large plastic tank, an old stainless steel kitchen sink and a mailbox were old sold at ricardo auctions starting at 1 ChF. The contractor was happy that the items could be reused and that he didn't have to pay for the disposal himself.

Other options are the bauteilborsen . I believe that there are 10 marktets in Switzerland which sell used construction material. I think their website is bauteilclick.ch .
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Re: Demolishing house question for removing built-in stuff

Please watch out for Asbestos and other harmful products as you are removing stuff. My friend discovored that her bunker doors were covered with Asbestos sheets.
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A demolition party!


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Re: Demolishing house question for removing built-in stuff

You see a lot of stuff on Ricardo with the buyer responsible for collection - I have purchased several bargains this way. Otherwise the most cost effective method for disposal is to hire a skip - if you are lucky people will remove reusable items, if you are unlucky they will add their rubbish which is why a lot of skips are pad-locked and/or only stand around for a short time.
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But back in the UK there is a huge reclamation market for anything that's Georgian, Victorian, and even 1950s/60s. There are entire companies specialising in this stuff and you can buy anything from bathtubs and doors to reclaimed bricks. I've bought many an interesting item myself and love poking through the stuff they have on display in search of something special.

But as far as I have been able to find out there is nothing like that in Switzerland. I guess the Swiss are too rational.
There are. I think there's one in kanton SchwyzI saw when driving past.

There is definitely demand for antique wood, windows and doors from old bauernhaus demolition.

I've seen the wood carefully being dismantled from these old houses a few times.
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