With over 25 years combined experience, deconstruction comes naturally to GreenLynx. Many materials have a readily available market, and we’ve got it down to a science. We work hard to fit in seemlessly within your project timeline. Involve us early in your process to help eliminate delays and proper salvage of the most valuable materials.
Check out our industry association BMRA for FAQ’s about deconstruction.
Our two main services: deconstruction for donation and for GreenLynx credit. We find that homes over 1,500 square feet tend to be win-wins for homeowners seeking a tax deduction. Smaller projects that involve keeping the foundation, subfloor or remodels work well with a GreenLynx credit, where we reduce our costs by in exchange for materials.
Deconstruction for commercial TI work and building removal can be excellent PR opportunities as well as a net positive for the environment. We can place materials for donation before demolition or move outs begin. We can also remove joists and rafters not only for their historic value but can provide you with a credit for the value of the lumber harvest.
We first schedule a 60- to 90-minute consultation on site. During our walk-through we:
- take photos of your project
- establish the scope of work and the materials to be either donated or removed for resale
- answer any questions you might have about the process
After our walk through, we send your scope of donation and photos to an appraiser who will contact you with their proposal and estimated donation value (if going the deduction route). If you have existing plans available, it makes the bid process much more precise, and can certainly be helpful in the appraisal process.
We aim to assess whether a donation or resale is the best course of action in regards to the materials that can be reused given your budget.
We can also assist with the following:
- Recommend materials for reuse in your future build out
- Renovation planning for reuseable materials during occupancy?
- Design for reuse – choosing materials that will be reuseable in their next life
- Tax – deduction opportunities and information
- Charitable donations
- Resale of items from the site to benefit your bottom line and reduce project costs
- Resale of items integrated into our costs
Pre-Deconstruction: We can submit a comprehensive bid for reuse and recycling services for your projects.
During Deconstruction: We assign a project manager to work with your general contractor or project management team, and they coordinate our crew which:
- deinstalls reuseable fixtures, appliances, mechanical systems, finishes and lumber
- prepare materials for proper transport to avoid breakage
- coordinate with receiving end users and a moving company, if needed
We have various for-profit and non-profit partners that receive our materials whom we have chosen for their integrity and most effective reuse of the materials. We do not believe in removing materials for reuse if they are just going to be recycled on the receiving end. It is a waste of our time and our clients time and money. We take pride in our work, and work to ensure that the materials we remove for reuse do indeed see a next life in their current form.
If you require Union labor, we have several partners that we work with who are able to salvage materials for reuse, and work efficiently and effectively at saving materials.
Donation or Resale?
We currently operate both as a facilitator of donations for non-profits, and take materials for resale to reduce your project costs. Generally the tax deductions available through donations create the best financial scenario, but we are happy to consider projects for resale when the budget makes sense for both our company and the homeowner. We often find resale of lumber is best if you have a pre-1950’s small house.
Is Deconstruction right for your project?
To determine now whether deconstruction is right for you:
- homeowner accepts that deconstruction takes longer than demolition
- homeowner is able to take a significant tax deduction OR
- home has highly valuable materials that can offset the cost of deconstruction without a tax deduction
- homeowner sees the value in saving materials for reuse versus landfilling
Once you choose to pursue deconstruction, we have a simple tool you can use to assess whether deconstruction will work for you. You’ll need the bid from us and an appraisal value from the Appraiser.