What is Deconstruction? It is a practical, economic and environmentally friendly sustainable solution to demolition. By hand deconstructing structures, Deconstruction Solutions can salvage for reuse up to 85% of all the buildings components.

How does the homeowner benefit? In cooperation with The Reuse People of America, Inc, the homeowner receives a tax donation for all the materials salvaged by Deconstruction Solutions. The materials include lumber, doors, windows, carpeting, plumbing and electrical fixtures, appliances, hardwood flooring, etc. Further, the materials salvaged reduces the homeowners cost of disposal and any tax benefit reduces the overall project costs. The value of used building material donations can often be substantial, in some cases, large enough to pay for the entire cost of the deconstruction.

What is the process of donation and deconstruction? There are several steps, but all are very straight forward. Assuming the value of the materials in your house is over $5,000, the IRS requires you to have third party independent appraisal of their value. Deconstruction Solutions will send you a list of independent appraisers who are qualified and have appraised the value of materials for our former donors. You will then hire Deconstruction Solutions to deconstruct your house and deliver all salvaged materials to The ReUse People of America, Inc. They prepare complete inventories on the materials salvaged and send them to your appraiser. The appraiser then prepares IRS form 8283 with the final value of the materials listed on the form and sends it to you with a full appraisal report. You attach the IRS form 8283 to your 1040 when you file next year.

How long does it take? Typically, we can deconstruct between 700 and 1,000 square feet per week.

Where do the materials go? All materials are delivered to ReUse Depot or local reuse building centers and warehouses across the country. From there they are either sold to the general public, shipped to low income markets in foreign countries, or donated to other nonprofit agencies.

Do you do renovations? You don’t have to take down the whole house to benefit from deconstruction. We can also “gut” your home for renovation.