Renovating – How to keep your building site safe and tidy


Kiwis are DIY enthusiasts – there’s no denying it. We spend our Saturdays at Mitre 10 Mega – if only for the fundraiser BBQ outside – and our Sundays knocking down walls and knocking up fences. But with all that ‘enthusiasm’ we tend to make a bit of a mess.

Keeping a tidy work site is important for protecting your family and pets from dust and debris, but it’s also important when it comes to upholding the terms of your home and contents insurance, and the regulations of your local council. While most DIY work won’t require a building consent, there are some projects that do – and most of those building consents will require the site to be kept clean and tidy.

Kicking Off Your Renovations By Removing Junk

The start of any renovation project, whether it’s inside or out, is going to mean clearing project area; removing junk and rubbish is just the beginning. It can also mean needing to put things into storage, resituating the kids’ trampoline, or relocating the compost and vegetable garden.

If your project is building a new deck or patio then you’re going to have to clear a lot of garden rubbish, and garden waste removal can be expensive. If skip bin or wheelie bin hire isn’t an option in your area, space or budget wise, then Junk2Go’s garden waste removal service could be the way to go. We’ll come in and take it straight off the muddy patch of grass. Saving you constantly treading mud and debris all through your construction site.

Preventing DIY Accidents With Rubbish Removal

In 2013, ACC received 38,123 new claims for injuries as a result of DIY, costing the taxpayer around $87 million. ACC said that a lot of this was down to the fact there aren’t strict health and safety rules in place during home DIY, unlike a professional building site.

ACC recommend keeping your workspace tidy and free of clutter to minimise your risk of accident and injury. You should have regular clean ups and remove junk that is taking up space on site and limiting your ability to move freely around your construction zone.

A clean and tidy site is a safer site, and it’s going to help you be more productive in the long run

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Getting rid of ‘inorganic’ Rubbish and Waste

Building sites and DIY projects generate a lot of inorganic rubbish and inorganic waste. Old gib, ancient insulation, and rusty old nails aren’t recyclable, and they certainly aren’t welcome in your city council rubbish collection.

The easiest thing to do when it comes to the removal of inorganic waste is to call in the experts. Junk2Go are experienced in building site waste removal and are happy to clear anything from plasterboard and drywall to flooring and chip board.

DIY and Your Insurance

Many aspects of home renovations should be conducted by a professional. Most electrical work needs to be carried out by a registered electrician and any plumbing work should have the once over from a qualified plumber to ensure you meet the building and housing regulations. If you don’t stick to using the professionals for these types of work and something goes wrong, then you’re at risk of being in breach of your insurance policy and will have to bear the financial brunt.

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Most renovation insurance policies require you to keep your building site clean and tidy. Many renovation insurance policies will not cover losses caused by fumes, gas, dust, smoke or soot; or poor maintenance of the insured property.

Keeping your site clean and tidy throughout the construction process is the easiest way to ensure you’re within the bounds of your policy. Frequent rubbish removal can be difficult at the end of a long day painting and priming, so using a rubbish removal service is a sure fire way to reduce the stress and strain of your DIY project.

When DIY Goes Bad

Sometimes renovation projects don’t go to plan. If your project requires premature demolition to repair damage or rebuild a work in progress then Junk2Go can take care of demolition and debris rubbish removal.

Our experts will come on site and clear out most types of construction waste,including:

  1. insulation
  2. flooring
  3. packaging

Junk2Go make an effort to recycle as much of the waste as possible, as surprisingly, many old construction elements are recyclable when you have the know how.

Building Consents & Tidy Building Sites

Building consents supplied by local city councils require a work site to be tidy and safe, and most of these consents are going to require site visits by a building inspector.

During the course of a build you may be required to have numerous inspections. Different building consent authorities have different inspection requirements, but nearly all of them are going to require a clean, tidy, and safe site.

Ongoing junk removal should be a part of your building project plan. The amount of waste generated on a building site is going to differ depending on the size and complexity of the build, but every project will have some waste and most council rubbish collection services are going to exclude renovation and building material.


Alternatives to Skip Bins

Sometimes the space you’re working on won’t warrant a skip bin sized pile of rubbish, or the site simply can’t hold a large skip bin. That’s where Junk2Go come in. We’ll collect the rubbish where it lays, or you can put it all in a pile on the lawn or driveway and we’ll come and collect it on the spot. No bins necessary.

Our junk removal service is suitable for professional builders or the DIY rookie.

Professional DIY, Professional Junk Removal

Whether it’s plumbing, electrical or junk removal you need – every DIY project needs professionals.

If you’re doing long hours on site the last thing you want to do is spend hours cleaning up the mess. Junk2Go’s junk removal specialists will come on site, clean up the mess from where you left it, and take it off site. You won’t need to spend hours chucking it all in a skip bin, we’ll pick it up and take it away right from the site of work. You won’t have to lift a finger! Get in