Considerations Regarding Deconstruction vs. Demolition in Minnesota

When someone needs to have an old building torn down, this person may wonder whether to have the structure dismantled piece by piece or whether to opt for faster demolition in Minnesota. Sometimes called deconstruction, dismantling of a building takes a substantially longer amount of time than demolishing it with heavy equipment. A company such as Nitti Inc can answer questions a building owner may have about the differences in these procedures.

Demolition in Minnesota may save building owners as much as 50 percent over what they would spend on deconstruction since deconstruction takes much longer. However, some property owners like the “green” aspect of deconstruction since it’s much easier to save valuable and recyclable materials with this method. Everything from cabinetry to plumbing fixtures to the roofing materials can be separated out and evaluated for its value.

If the property owner has no use for these items, he or she can sell them or can donate them to charity and reap a hefty tax deduction. This requires an additional task on the building owner’s part. To qualify for a tax deduction, the materials must be appraised by an IRS-qualified licensed independent appraiser and the appropriate paperwork filled out.

In contrast, demolition at its most basic process just smashes the building into a pile of rubble. Doing the project more slowly can allow the workers to remove certain materials, but the workers must consider important safety measures while completing these duties. This actually is becoming more common with large commercial structures. Normally large buildings with several stories might have been brought done over a few days, but combining dismantling and demolishing can add weeks to the project.

Another possibility involves beginning the project with deconstruction to remove certain useful and recyclable materials and then moving forward with demolition by heavy equipment. Some salvage companies in the area may be interested in objects such as doors and windows, flooring, countertops and copper plumbing pipes. Some of those items can be sold to people looking to remodel or build a house with salvaged materials, thus costing them less money. Others, such as the copper, can be sold as scrap metal for cash.

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