Residential & Commercial Deconstruction

Hurricane Hauling & Demolition, Inc. is a licensed, fully insured, certified Bay Are Green Business company with over 20 years’ experience with residential and commercial deconstruction, salvage, and recycling services in Marin County and the greater Bay Area.  Deconstruction is a cost-effective, environmentally-friendly alternative to traditional demolition with many benefits to homeowners, property owners, general contractors, and architects.  Some of these benefits include:

  • Protection of the environment while diverting waste from landfills
  • Cost offset in the form of tax deduction through material donations and re-purposing
  • Lower disposal fees


Deconstruction is the process of carefully dismantling a residential or commercial building and salvaging all possible materials for donation, reuse, or recycling. On average, we save 85% of debris that would normally go into landfills.  Our team is experienced in removing all materials safely, neatly, and swiftly while taking great care to protect the value of all re-usable and salvageable materials.

Deconstruction is Different Than Demolition


On a typical demolition project, the structure and foundations are entirely demolished with minimal effort to salvage materials for re-use. The resulting demolished materials are then sent to a transfer site where approximately 24% ends up in the landfill. Demolition can take less time than deconstruction, however you will pay higher disposal and dump fees and do not receive any tax deductions.


 Deconstruction is a more careful process of demolition as we take a structure apart in a way that salvages reusable items and building materials from the site. Doing this allows a higher percentage of the materials to be donated, re-used, or re-purposed versus going to the landfill. As an additional benefit, you can receive a tax deduction for up to 30% of the value of the salvaged materials which is usually assessed by a professional appraiser.

Cost of Deconstruction & Benefit of Tax Deduction

The cost of deconstruction is typically higher than that of demolition, as it is a longer and more labor-intensive process, but that cost is offset and sometimes surpassed with the tax deductions in the end.  If you decide to do deconstruction and want a tax deduction for salvaged building materials, you can choose an appraiser to come to the job site prior to the start of any demolition or deconstruction.  The appraiser will assign a value to reusable materials, and if that value is less than $5,000, no fee will be assessed as no appraisal is needed.  If the materials are valued at more than $5,000, then an appraisal fee will be charged.  Typical fees range between $500 to $5000 depending on the size and complexity of the appraisal assignment.  In either case, tax deductions will be based on the value assigned by the appraiser and not on receipts from the 501(c)(3) organizations that receive the materials.  However, such receipts will still need to be produced for the IRS and the County in which the deconstruction is being performed.


Recommended Bay Area Deconstruction Appraiser:

Donation Solutions

Molly Samietz

Hurricane Hauling & Demolition, Inc. offers deconstruction services 7 counties of the greater Bay Area, often in preparation for small and large remodeling jobs.  This process produces large quantities of reusable metal, reclaimed lumber, appliances, fixtures, cabinets, windows, doors, and more.  If you are not interested in having materials appraised and getting a tax deduction, Hurricane Hauling & Demolition, Inc. makes these salvaged materials available for reuse.  All other materials are donated to Marin County 501(c)(3) organizations that reuse materials in-house.  For current available salvaged materials, please contact us.


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