If you're a scrounger, you know there are a lot of deals on building materials out there. And one more resource to add to your repertoire is Digger's List, which is basically a specialized CraigsList for the home improvement crowd. At the moment, it has pages for 31 cities and will likely be expanding as time goes on.
One thing that separates Digger's List from the rest of the online classified is that they've partnered with Habitat for Humanity ReStores (a seller of donated building materials), so there's likely to be a good rotation with their stock.
The layout an navigation are nice and it didn't take long before we found about ten things that we want to buy (from a ShopSmith to a pile of reclaimed lumber). We also have a garage half-full of things we need to sell which looks like it's pretty easy to set up as well.
The site is still pretty new, so there's not an overwhelming amount of stuff, but what they have it worth a look. We hope that it catches on.
Check out Digger's List
There's a press release after the jump, if you want more details...
DiggersList offers deep discounts for home renovators
(July 29, 2010) -- Despite the precipitous decline of the housing market and a turbulent economy, homeowners have been busy putting in new floors, renovating kitchens or adding decks -- and many have found huge savings in these penny-pinching times at online home improvement classifieds DiggersList.
DiggersList is tapping into a surprisingly resurgent home improvement industry, and winning over cost-conscious homeowners with deep discounts on pristine or lightly used home improvement materials. Instead of paying sticker-shock prices at a home improvement emporium, homeowners and contractors are logging on to DiggersList where a community of homeowners and contractors buy and sell surplus materials at price reductions that reach 50 percent off.
The do-it-yourself home improvement industry showed modest growth even in the depths of the recession, and now that the nation is slowly recovering, the $272-billion home improvement industry is forecast to grow an average of 5.5 percent per year between 2011 and 2014, according to the Home Improvement Research Institute.
But many of these home improvement consumers are not the same as the equity-flush, pre-recession homeowners. Today's home improvement do-it-yourselfers are looking for a deal, and they are finding it on DiggersList.
"There's only two ways to save money on a home improvement project -- your material cost and your labor cost," said DiggersList Founder Matt Knox. "If they can save on materials, like they can at DiggersList, they are ahead of the game."
Because of a partnership with Habitat for Humanity ReStores -- non-profit home improvement stores that sell donated materials to fund Habitat for Humanity's humanitarian mission -- DiggersList is flush with high-quality fixtures, bathroom sets and kitchen accessories for nearly half what you would pay at a traditional home improvement store.
Homeowners who typically would be moving up in a new home, but because of a stagnant housing market are staying in their current home, are turning to DiggersList to build their dream kitchen, dream bathroom or dream deck at a deep discount.
"A lot of homeowners are convinced they will be in their current home for the long haul," said Knox. "At DiggersList they can invest in and upgrade their home without breaking the bank."
Turn clutter into cash at DiggersList
Homeowners can easily turn a cluttered corner of their garage into a fistfull of cash at DiggersLists by posting their home improvement items to one of the nation's most visited home improvement-specific websites.
It might surprise some homeowners, but contractors and do-it-yourselfers are clamoring to get their hands on, and pay cash for, the pile of lumber, stack of tile or extra windows that would otherwise collect dust in a garage or attic.
Posting is easy and free, and puts homeowners in contact with thousands of fellow do-it-yourselfers and contractors who are scouring the Internet for discounted home improvement materials.
A quick, convenient few minutes on posting the items on DiggersList will keep homeowners from the wasteful and expensive task of hauling the material to a landfill, put money in their pockets and eliminate the headache of storing unnecessary items around the house.
"DiggersList was specifically invented so that homeowners could have a money-making and environmentally conscious alternative to sending their surplus home improvement items to a landfill," said Knox.
DiggersList launched in October of 2009 with online home improvement classifieds in nine cities. Since then, the list has grown to include 31 cities, and the site has plans to reach 224 cities across the country. DiggersList has over 70 specific categories that divide home improvement products into easily viewed sections.
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Posted by Doug Mahoney at July 30, 2010 5:11 AM