No need to blow the budget when you remodel your home. Using reclaimed materials, like doors or moldings, can trim 40% to 60% off the cost of a home makeover. And by keeping those salvaged materials out of the landfill, you’ll also be making your project greener.

“There’s a wide range of salvaged materials available,” says Carrie Ferrence, former director of business development at Second Use, the Seattle store that sells reclaimed building materials. “Most of the materials are contemporary materials and typically sell for 40% less than new ones.”

For many homeowners, the easiest way to get remodeling materials is to visit Home Depot. But for those who don’t mind doing a little hunting and want to save money, buying reclaimed materials may be the way to go. Here are 5 things you need to know.

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