So I bought the Chocolate Cake house (yay!).
Then I got the keys, went inside, and started ripping out all the carpeting. And I learned that carpet is quite large!!!
(This is just two rooms of carpeting. Every single room, including the bathroom, has carpet.)
At first I thought I could cut up the carpet into handy 2′ x 2′ squares, shove them in my car, and head down to the town dump claiming it is totally normal trash, nothing to see here. But with all this I realized once again that I was naive and sadly mistaken.
So I am plunged back into the usual algorithm for taking care of problems frugally:
- Would anyone want to buy this item off me?
- What is the next cheapest option? Is it reasonable?
- What’s the next option? And how much would I be willing to spend? (It is interesting to set a limit in advance, to stave off the madness and to see whether your expectations align with reality at all)
Well, I think it is pretty obvious that no one wants to buy this aged, faded, stained carpeting and carpet padding off me.
So I started thinking of the other options, which generally require me to pay. My friend had mentioned that she rented a dumpster for about $200, which I will admit sounded expensive to me. So I decided that is the upper limit of what I would pay. I priced several dumpster rentals to see if I could do better. But clearly my friend must know something or someone, because the cheapest rental I could find was $274 (it went up to $450 for basic, small dumpsters). This became my new most expensive option.
Then I called the town dump, into which I was previously going to smuggle squares of carpet disguised as normal consumer trash at $1/bag. It turns out they take carpeting, and charge $100/ton. Which prompted me to ask the guy “well how many tons do you think carpet weighs?” He actually answered “I don’t know, but I doubt you have a ton of carpet.” The most refreshingly literal description I have heard in a long time.
So dump it is I think! And I don’t even need to cut up the carpet like I was going to originally.
Only other question is getting it there, and I figured I could borrow my buddy’s truck and take him to a snappy dinner, or rent a truck at Home Depot; both of which probably cost about $50. My friend turned out to be on board, which wins in the fun category.
So I will see how much carpet actually weighs and costs, but based on the nice dump guy’s evaluation, I would say the best value for getting rid of carpet is about $150 including transportation.