For many years, Habitat for Humanity affiliates have received offers from local homeowners who are either remodeling or demolishing existing structures.
Now, many ReStores in South Carolina have expanded their horizons to include Deconstruction as an offering in their service areas. They gently remove cabinets, light fixtures, windows, doors, flooring, appliances, furniture and the full range of building materials. They typically take those items that have resale value or can be used in our construction projects. However, we have also been involved in more substantial deconstruction projects where our volunteers completely demolished homes. The in-kind donations obtained through these deconstructions provide the donors with tax deductions, and contribute in a very real way to Habitat for Humanity’s construction and ReStore plans. Good quality items are used in our homes, thereby significantly reducing our construction costs. Donations which cannot be used in building are sold in the ReStore and represent a significant source of income for that operation.
Those interested in donating good quality new or used items (rather than taking them to the landfill) should contact the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in their area.
Volunteers are always needed for deconstruction projects. Sometimes it can be a lot of fun to take things apart rather than put them together!