What is Deconstruction?

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.

What are the benefits?

Choosing deconstruction over demolition has significant environmental, social and economic benefits, including:

  • Conserving precious natural resources.
  • Diverting usable materials from area landfills.
  • Creating good, green jobs.
  • Making building materials available at low or no cost to those in need.
  • Helping the donor avoid costly dumping fees.
  • Providing the donor with a significant tax deduction.

How can I make it happen?

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.

For a list of 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, feel free to give us a call to discuss other options.

For more information, contact the donations team at Donations(at)CommunityForklift(dot)org or (301) 832-0781, Monday-Friday 9am – 5pm.