Mas­ter­ing Craigslist

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Home­owner Scott Benezra wielded wicked­good Craigslist skills to ob­tain build­ing ma­te­ri­als and fix­tures to keep his fam­ily’s new house on bud­get. Here are his best tips:

GO FAR AFIELD. Scott in­cluded all bor­der­ing states in the search pa­ram­e­ters, and he would have trav­eled far­ther to stick to the dis­ci­plined price range he set for each item.

GO PRE­PARED. Scott brings a part­ner if an item is large, and he tows a trailer whether he thinks he’ll need it or not. Often, he dis­cov­ers more for sale once he ar­rives.

GET HELP. Scott uses third-party apps (Cs­mart is his fa­vorite) to mon­i­tor Craigslist and alert him when items match­ing his search pa­ram­e­ters are listed.

BE TAR­GETED. Be­fore build­ing com­menced, Karen and Scott came up with a de­tailed list of ma­te­ri­als, fix­tures, and tools they would need, and then he plugged in spe­cific search terms, such as “Sub­zero re­frig­er­a­tor,” adding model num­bers when ap­pro­pri­ate. He searched “25-inch in­dus­trial sur­face planer” and used the one he pur­chased to smooth re­claimed planks for floors and ceil­ings.

BE SE­LEC­TIVE. Over time, Scott learned the best finds—items in good work­ing or­der for the best prices—were com­ing from trades­peo­ple who rec­og­nized qual­ity items through the course of their work. “Peo­ple do­ing mas­sive ren­o­va­tions are happy to have their old stuff taken away,” he says. “We got our Wolf range from a fin­ish car­pen­ter, and a match­ing hood from a con­trac­tor.” above left: A cor­ner of win­dows high in the trees is one of Scott and Karen’s fa­vorite spots in the house. “In the late af­ter­noon, it’s re­ally spec­tac­u­lar. You feel like you’re in a tree house,” Scott says. “It’s a quiet space to re­treat.” left: Dur­ing a week­end va­ca­tion, Karen fell in love with a 6-foot Kohler bath­tub in the fam­ily’s rental house. “I said, ‘When we build the house, I’ll get you one of those,’” Scott says. “Then I saw how ex­pen­sive they were.” He found one sec­ond­hand and drove to Con­necti­cut to re­trieve the fo­cal-point fix­ture.

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