As a nation, we throw away items that can be repurposed. More than 75 million tons of items are placed in our landfills. Deconstruction of buildings, including homes, is very simple. Deconstruction is the careful disassembling of a structure so the various parts can be used again in various ways. It is a viable alternative to taking your used windows, doors, appliances, bath fixtures, cabinets, stairs, lights, HVAC elements, rafters, studs and yes even the kitchen sink to the landfill.
When you recycle items, it lightens the load at the landfill, and it helps the community repurpose items for another structure. It can also be financially beneficial to you from a tax donation standpoint. When you donate deconstruction materials to a 501(c) 3 charity, you can deduct the fair market value of that donation, which also includes the deconstruction costs, transportation, loading and unloading.
The IRS requires an appraisal from a qualified appraiser and the IRS form 8283. If you decide to deconstruct, we come in prior to the work starting, assess the overall quality of the items to be donated, conduct a very preliminary inventory, and photograph the room or structure to establish a “Before” scenario. After the job is finished we then take the inventory from the 501(c) 3 recipient (Loading Dock or Second Chance for example), complete our inventory and evaluation, then produce a report with the evaluation, photographs and the IRS 8283 form.
You get the tax benefit, plus that great feeling that you have helped repurpose materials that otherwise would have taken up space in a landfill.
To quote the slogan of The Loading Dock – “We can build a house from what people throw away.”