Home Deconstruction: Is It Worth It?

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Environmentally-conscious homeowners looking to do renovations on their house face a big problem--interior demolition creates a lot of waste. That's why deconstruction has become so popular recently. During deconstruction, contractors salvage materials such as doors, windows, and carpets and either reuse them or donate them to charity. However, though this process seems friendlier to the environment, it can cost the homeowners much more in time and money. Here are a few things to consider when deciding whether to deconstruct instead of demolish.

Time

It takes much longer to deconstruct a house rather than demolish it, which shouldn't come as a surprise. For demolition, the demolition contractor will simply shut off the utilities, break it all down, and send it off to the dump. This whole process takes only a few days.

Deconstruction takes more time to not just scrap the interior for parts but also for the assessment of the building. In order to receive a tax deduction, homeowners will have to hire an appraiser to determine the worth of their recyclable materials. This can take some time to schedule depending on the area. When the contractors actually deconstruct the house, they have to take their time to ensure they don't damage anything that could be donated. The whole process can take four or even five times longer than demolition.

Cost

Deconstruction also costs much more than demolition. First, because the process takes longer, deconstruction will cost more in labor. Homeowners may also have to find alternative living arrangements while their interior rooms are deconstructed. Altogether, it costs at least twice as much as demolition.

However, deconstruction can be worth the cost because the homeowners will receive a tax deduction. This tax deduction can be worth quite a bit depending on the value of the materials. Still, hiring appraisers and accountants to assess this value and prepare the necessary forms will cost money up front.

Environmental Impact

Deconstruction is better for the environment than demolition, but both processes produce waste. The materials salvaged from deconstruction are usually donated to a charity like Habitat for Humanity, which may reuse or sell them. If the materials don't sell or aren't reusable, they end up at the dump just like in demolition. There will also be waste from the deconstruction process because not every fixture can be recycled.

Even though deconstruction is greener, homeowners shouldn't dwell on the fact that the inside of their homes will end up in a landfill. Hazardous materials from both deconstruction and demolition have to be properly disposed of by the demolition contractor.

The Best Choice

Deconstruction isn't usually the best choice for homeowners who need to save money on their renovations. Though demolition produces more waste, it saves time and money. If you're not sure whether deconstruction or demolition is a better choice for you, ask your demolition contractor about the costs and benefits of both.

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