20 November 2012 — A new App aims to revolutionise the way in which Australian renovators and tradespeople buy, sell and dispose of unwanted building materials.
The BuildBITS App provides quick access to an online marketplace dedicated to the trade of excess, new and used, building products.
Western Sydney builder Neil Turrell and his wife Leisa developed the App and online site after seeing reusable building materials being taken to the tip.
“I think many Australians would be horrified to see the amount of great products that lie around construction sites, homes and supplier yards waiting to be thrown out,” Neil said.
“BuildBITS aims to address this inefficiency, help the environment and provide tradespeople and renovators with a dedicated service to buy building materials at low prices or monetise excess items that they may have lying around.
“It is actually cheaper for me as a builder to list a pallet of bricks from a job site on BuildBITS for free and give them away, rather than spend $280 to put them in a skip bin and dispose of them.”
Once the App is downloaded, a user simply takes a picture of the surplus products, enters a short description and price – and the product appears for sale in the BuildBITS online marketplace. There are no commissions or fees for sellers and buyers.
Items already listed include timber flooring for $1 per metre, new windows for $100 each and an Insinkerator, steel beams and a purpose built arm wrestling table.
The company, which has been live for just 90 days, has attracted partners and supporters including Century 21, Kennards Hire, CSR, Trend Windows, Actron Airconditioning, Clarendon Homes, Narrellan Pools and Bendigo Bank.
Neil said having been in the building industry his whole life he knew that renovators and builders were often time-poor and tired, so the service had to be quick, simple and easy to use.