Deconstruction is like construction in reverse; it involves the careful dismantling of a building so that materials can be salvaged for reuse rather than dumped in a landfill. With deconstruction, up to 80% of a home, including structural lumber, framing and bricks, can be recovered in reusable condition.
Choosing deconstruction over demolition has significant environmental, social and economic benefits, including:
In order to proceed with a deconstruction and donation, the first steps are to speak with a contractor specializing in deconstruction and with an independent appraiser who is qualified to appraise the value of the materials to be donated. Because the tax deduction associated with a deconstruction can be substantial, you should consult with a tax professional before making a final decision.
Community Forklift is now partnering with Details, a non-profit deconstruction service that provides job training to individuals with barriers to employment. Please let Details know that Community Forklift sent you. For a list of other deconstruction contractors working in the DC area, as well as appraisers, contact our donations team directly.
If a full-scale deconstruction is not for you, give us a call to discuss other options. We may be able to send out a team to do a partial deconstruction at no cost to you.
For more information, contact the donations team at Donations(at)CommunityForklift(dot)org or (301) 832-0781, Monday-Friday 9am – 5pm.