Decon FAQs

How does the tax deduction work?
You can deduct the value of the materials you donate to Home ReSource or any other nonprofit building materials reuse center to the extent the law allows.  If the total value of donated materials is less than $5000, Home ReSource will provide documentation and a tax deductible receipt.  If the value is more than $5000, an independent appraisal is required by law.  We can refer you to an appraiser for large donations to Home ReSource.  Since the tax advantage varies with individual circumstances, you may want to consult a tax accountant to determine the exact benefit to you.

Isn’t deconstruction more expensive than demolition?
Almost never. Usually deconstruction saves the owner money, but it depends on the building and the materials available within it.  Higher labor costs can be offset by avoided disposal costs and tax advantages resulting from donating the materials to Home Resource, which Montana Deconstruction Services will do for you if you ask them to do so.  For builders, offering deconstruction can provide a marketing advantage.  As the “Green Building” trend grows, many businesses, agencies and individuals want to reduce waste and reuse materials.

Does deconstruction take more time?
Yes, but the time required for deconstruction can be minimized with careful planning.  For example, work can be done between acquisition of the property, design and granting of building permits.  That way, building can begin on time.

Do I need a special permit to deconstruct a building?
The requirements are the same as for demolition.

How can I evaluate the potential for deconstruction on a specific project?
We recommend you consult with a deconstruction professional who can visit your site and help you decide on your best option.  Sometimes it may be best to simply remove valuable materials and demolish the rest.  Sometimes a full deconstruction is best.

What kinds of materials can be reused?
All kinds!  Lumber, flooring, lighting fixtures, wiring, bathtubs, sinks, toilets, windows, doors and cabinets can all be recovered from deconstruction.  Many materials that look hopeless in a dilapidated building can be restored or re-invented into useful products, as Home Resource’s customers have proven over and over again.

Can deconstruction help my building project qualify for a US Green Building Council LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) rating?
Deconstruction can help meet LEED’s prerequisite in the Materials and Resources category, under Construction Waste Management.  Depending on the percent of waste recycled and salvaged, as many as two LEED points may be achieved.  Further information is available on the Council’s web site: