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Are you building a new home or remodeling a current home? Consider donating your good quality building materials instead of just throwing them away. You end up with a tax donation and help the planet at the same time - It’s Win-Win!!!!!

The Appraisal

The IRS recently updated their requirements for donation deductions. All donation appraisals should be done by a certified appraiser familiar with the process. The donation value must be based on the actual items donated. See IRS Publication 526 for further information.

The Process:

  • Determine what items will be going from your project. Depending on your location, this might be determined initially by the non-profit to whom they will be donated, by your contractor or deconstruction contractor, or by an inspection service.
  • A list needs to be made of the items (good condition, re-usable building materials) and sent to our office so we can give you both a base estimate of value and our fee for the appraisal. The list should be as detailed as possible, including pictures with the list so we can accurately estimate the value.
  • We will evaluate the initial list and send back out the base estimate of value and what our fee is for the appraisal. Keep in mind that the final value usually ends up 3% to 30% higher, especially if lumber is involved.
  • If a decision is made to go ahead with the donation, the initial estimate should be signed and returned to Donation Solutions.
  • Once your donation is complete, send the final list of donated items as well as the receipt dated by the non-profit, and we will complete the appraisal as well as the form 8283. The form 8283 is also sent to the donee for their signature—the paperwork is returned to you ready for your accountant.