Deconstruction is exactly as the terms suggests, homes are taken apart piece by piece, just as they were built.
Deconstruction offers a great many advantages over demolition:
- Substantial tax benefits for most deconstructions
- Many materials can be reused (light fixtures, appliances, flooring, lumber, roofing tiles, etc.)
- Large cost savings in reduction of disposal of items
- Many items from the deconstruction are also recyclable (concrete, drywall, copper wiring, etc.)
- Dependant on the deconstruction company and their policies, most deconstructions are tax deductable.
In most instances all of the materials donated from a deconstruction are tax deductible as “In Kind Donations”. This may seem like a small thing, but it can have a huge fiscal impact on the overall cost of a building project. The initial cost of deconstruction is normally higher than a simple demolition (scrape with a bulldozer and dump in a landfill.) Because the “entire” house is being donated, it all falls under the criteria of an “In Kind Donation.” What this all translates into is this; While the initial cost of deconstruction is higher than conventional demolition, it is in most cases ultimately more cost effective to have a structure deconstructed and utilize the tax deductions tied to the materials that are donated.
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