What Is Deconstruction?
Deconstruction is the careful dismantling and reclaiming of a structure's reusable, finished materials and rough lumber.
5 Essential Facts about Deconstruction
1. Assessing the projected cost vs. financial return is free.
You can obtain a free estimate detailing your project costs and tax benefits in writing. Complete our
2. Deconstruction can save you money while preserving natural resources.
You've probably been donating clothing and other items to nonprofit organizations for years. Donating your house isn't much different. By choosing deconstruction instead of demolition, you not only preserve scarce landfill space, you guarantee that good reusable materials get a second life. That's worth something - often more than enough to offset the cost of deconstruction.
3. Participation is easy.
From the initial assessment, to hiring a contractor, to receiving completed IRS forms at the conclusion of the job, your donation process will be simple and straightforward - no guesswork, no unexplained project delays, no unreturned phone calls. Our commitment to honesty, transparency and attention to detail keeps your project running smoothly.
4. All work is performed by trained and licensed professional contractors.
Our member contractors have received training in the latest deconstruction techniques. They remove and handle materials safely, swiftly and with care, preserving their value in the used materials market. Not only are they licensed and insured, most have years of successful professional experience.
5. Our contractors know that your time is money, just like theirs.
Our member contractors value your time and will add additional crews, if necessary, to expedite your deconstruction project. Typical duration is about one week per 1,000 square feet. For projects exceeding 3,000 square feet our member contractors will add manpower to speed it up.
4 Common Misconceptions about Deconstruction
1. Deconstruction takes too long.
While deconstruction takes a bit longer than traditional demolition, a typical job is finished in three weeks. Our user-friendly, turnkey program keeps your project duration to a minimum. For example, after deconstructing your house and facilitating the donation of materials, our member contractors will remove all necessary debris, foundations and hardscape. Many will transition directly into grading and shoring. Ask your member contractor about their complementary services.
2. Deconstruction leaves a mess.
Deconstruction & ReUse Network member contractors leave project sites clean and ready to build on - usually in less than three weeks. Your job isn't finished until all reusable materials and debris have been removed.
3. Volunteers will deconstruct my house for free, and I'll get a tax deduction, too.
The IRS is clear - "trade for service" is not a donation. The only way to ensure that your donation is salvaged safely, with minimal damage (so the materials are reusable), is to hire a trained, licensed and insured contractor.
4. Most houses don't have enough reuse value to make deconstruction worthwhile.
Not so. Almost all houses have good reusable materials. Take advantage of our