If you are about to start a major home renovation project that requires some demolition, here is something you might want to consider: Deconstruction. The following is a quick and dirty list of reasons why it can make sense:
#1) You can give building materials a second life as opposed to tossing them into a landfill.
#2) You can receive a super sweet tax deduction when April 15th comes around.
#3) The materials from your house can be donated to a local Habitat for Humanity.
#4) The money they make from selling these supplies can fund their charitable work, affording people in need the opportunity to live a better life.
It does take a little more time, and the upfront cost is a little bit more, but if you are able to hang in there until tax time, you can come out ahead of the game. If you would like to talk to an expert about deconstruction and find out if it’s right for you, let me introduce you to long time DiggersList buddy Lorenz Schilling from the Deconstruction & ReUse Network. Give him a shout and ask away!
And now…for a little fun… a video demonstration! In this video you will see a haunted house being deconstructed by Lorenz and his team, then being donated to Habitat for Humanity. While it may seem that it’s a little late for a Halloween video… I’d like to think we’re just really early. Enjoy!