The Benefits of Deconstruction

When looking for land you might come across property that is already occupied by a home. Nowadays there are a number of options when looking to teardown a home. We pride ourselves on building green homes and we want our customers to know there are ways to deconstruct a home in an environmentally friendly way. Click on a link below to learn more about deconstruction:

What is building deconstruction?

What can be salvaged from a deconstructed home?

What are the steps of deconstruction?

How can I benefit from deconstruction?

What is building deconstruction?

By definition, building deconstruction is the environmentally-friendly process in which the various parts of the building are dismantled piece by piece in an attempt to save and reuse as many of the building’s components as possible. This process focuses on giving materials within a building new life once the building as a whole can no longer continue. Trained deconstruction crews will carefully dismantle the existing building and salvage as many of the reusable or recyclable materials as possible, thus minimizing the impact on local landfills. This process is also known as reverse construction.

What can be salvaged from a deconstructed home?

Salvageable items typically include doors, windows, cabinets, lighting fixtures, framing lumber, plumbing fixtures, countertops, roofing materials, and flooring. Please check with your local deconstruction company for a complete list of the items that may be salvageable  from your home.

What are the steps of deconstruction?

  1. Find a deconstruction expert in your area. Find an expert in your area
  2. Appraisal consultation – The deconstruction company will visit your home and provide you with a preliminary value of your donation. If you move forward with the project, a full evaluation will be conducted and you will be provided with the necessary documentation.
  3. Deconstruction Bid – A deconstruction contractor will submit a bid to carefully deconstruct your building to the necessary specifications.
  4. Deconstruct – Your expert will come and carefully deconstruct your home
  5. Donate – Upon completion of the deconstruction you can submit the necessary forms to the appropriate parties in order to track your donation and receive a return.

How can I benefit from deconstruction?

In addition to being more environmentally friendly than traditional demolition, there may be financial benefits available to those looking to deconstruct a home and donate the salvaged building materials. Sometimes the tax credit received in exchange for donating the used building materials can be large enough to not only cover the costs of deconstruction but also provide some money leftover to put towards the building of a new home*. While only an IRS qualified appraiser can provide you with the fair-market value of your donation below is a general outline of the potential benefits of deconstruction versus demolition.*

  Deconstruction Demolition
Physical lowering of house $17,238 $6,000
Disposal of trash and debris $4,100 $4,100
Appraisal of salvaged materials $3,000 $0
Total Costs $24,338 $10,100
Donation Value** $88,000 $0
Tax Savings** (after-tax value of donated materials)  $24,640 $0
Total Costs (from above) $24,338 $10,100
 After-Tax Benefit** / (Out of pocket cost) $302 $(10,100)

The after-tax benefit between the two methods is $10,402; not only does the tax savings completely cover the cost of deconstruction but the homeowner also saves $10,100 in demolition fees.

* Please note that deconstruction may not result in any significant tax savings and Blu Homes cannot promise and does not guarantee any financial benefit (tax or otherwise) from deconstruction. Blu Homes does not engage in deconstruction projects and is providing the above solely for general informational purposes. Please contact a deconstruction company in your area for further details about your specific project.

** These are general estimates for the purpose of illustration only. Specific figures vary greatly depending on location, age and condition of the home and materials, topography, type of siding and walls, landfill and deconstruction company rates. Please contact a deconstruction company in your area for a better understanding of the deconstruction process and details about your specific project.

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