Donate Building Materials  --  July 28, 2020

Donate Building Supplies, Save The Earth (and Your Money!)

If you’ve decided to deconstruct your home instead of demolishing it, the next step is to figure out where to donate the resulting building supplies. There are many organizations that will take the building materials off your hands, but it’s important to choose the right one. A reputable deconstruction company will have licensed contractors on staff and a relationship with an IRS qualified appraiser, which is vital to ensure the process goes smoothly and your materials go to good use.

What Does Green Donation Consultants Do?

Green Donation Consultants’ appraisers are fully credentialed experts in the deconstruction field. These appraisers are an important asset to your deconstruction process and decision making. GDC can send an experienced appraiser to determine the full market value of your home’s components and will help you with the cost analysis of deciding to donate building supplies from your home or go with traditional demolition. This appraiser is well versed in LEED points and tax deductions and has local-level knowledge of the environmental and societal benefits of deconstructing a home in your area.

What Is the Average Value of a Donation

You will also have the opportunity to work with our seasoned appraisers at the end of your deconstruction journey. If during your deconstruction, you donate building supplies with a value of more than $5,000, you will need a qualified appraisal prepared by an IRS Qualified Appraiser to claim your tax benefits with the IRS. Up to 90% of a home’s components can be recycled or resold, so you will likely far exceed the $5,000 mark. In fact, the value of the national average deconstruction donation is $171,000. Donations above $5,000 require a special addendum to your taxes, called Form 8283 Section B, which needs to be accompanied by a comprehensive appraisal by an IRS certified appraiser. This appraisal will contain a detailed scope of the work done on your deconstruction, as well as a full list of all donated items. This is a very important document — one misstep or vaguery, and the IRS will deny your tax deduction.

GDC appraisers have completed thousands of deconstruction appraisals in the last decade and have very rarely been audited. Our valuations are considered “the last word” in valuations of donated building supplies and components.

We at GDC are passionate about deconstruction and its potential to change the future of the construction industry, as well as the environment.

Call us at (800) 870-3965 and find out why working with Green Donation Consultants to donate building supplies is the best first step in your deconstruction journey.

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