Habitat for Humanity Greater Toronto Area’s Habitat ReStore offers a Deconstruction Program which enables homeowners to offset the costs of their remodeling project, earn a tax deduction and divert reusable items away from landfills. ReStore also helps support Habitat for Humanity GTA’s home building projects for local families in need of safe, decent and affordable housing.

If you’re remodeling your home you can make a conscious decision to help the environment and working, low-income families within your community through Habitat ReStore’s Deconstruction Program.

How the Deconstruction Program Works

Habitat ReStore’s Deconstruction Team goes into various neighbourhoods within the Greater Toronto Area to safely and carefully remove kitchens, doors, windows, bathrooms and more from donors’ homes for resale in their Habitat for Humanity ReStores. Proceeds from the sale of donated items directly support Habitat for Humanity GTA’s work with families to help them build a brighter future through affordable homeownership. Learn more.

3 Ways GTA Donors can Connect with ReStore

Contractors, homeowners, designers and architects can simply call, click or email the ReStore Procurement team to offer their items for donation.

  • Phone: Toll free number 1 844 GTA DON8 (3668)
  • Online: ReStore Donation Form
  • Email: restore@habitatgta.ca

Donation Offer Assessed

  1. The ReStore Procurement team requests information and photos from the donor in order to assess the suitability of the donation offer.
  2. If the offered items meet ReStore’s donation criteria, the ReStore Deconstruction team contacts the donor and arranges an onsite visit or appraisal. At the appraisal, the appraiser assesses the site and items for suitability and logistics and takes photos and measurements of the items to determine the size and scope of the Deconstruction.
  3. Immediately following the appraisal, the donor will receive an email listing the items that the Deconstruction team will remove and the estimated ReStore Value of the total donation.
  4. Once the donor has signed off, a home deconstruction date is booked.

Home Deconstruction Day

  • On the Deconstruction day, the home “Decon” crew of experienced Habitat for Humanity GTA ReStore staff and volunteers arrives at the donor’s home at the designated time. They do a walk-through of the site with the donor to confirm the items on the list and note any changes. The crew then removes the donated items for transport to one of Habitat for Humanity’s 10 ReStore locations across the GTA.
  • The Deconstruction process can usually be completed same day. Larger donations will take multiple days to deconstruct.

Once Donated Items are in the ReStore

  • At ReStore, managers assign prices to the donated items and sell them. The amount they are able to raise through the sale of items determines the value of the Donation Receipt, which is usually very close to the appraiser’s estimated value. Once the item is sold, ReStore issues a Donation tax receipt to the Donor approximately 90 days after the date of Deconstruction by email.

Timelines

  • Typically, ReStore requires that Deconstructions be arranged a month in advance of the home deconstruction date. However, the home Deconstruction process from first contact to completed deconstruction can be arranged within a two-week period. The more advance notice we have, the more likely the scheduling will work for everyone.

 

Habitat for Humanity Greater Toronto Area is a non-profit housing organization working with communities to build homes for working, low-income families in need of safe, decent, affordable housing. By offering zero down payment, no-interest mortgages capped at 30 percent of a family’s income, Habitat for Humanity GTA offers families a hand up, empowering them to achieve stability and self-reliance through affordable homeownership, so that they can build a better life/a path out of poverty. With the support of donors and volunteers, we build homes in Brampton, Caledon, Toronto, and York Region, serving two-thirds of the GTA. Since 1988, Habitat GTA has built more than 300 homes in partnership with families. Habitat GTA is one of more than 1,400 Habitat for Humanity affiliates worldwide sharing a common vision and purpose.

Habitat for Humanity GTA also operates 10 Habitat ReStore home improvement retail stores across the GTA, which sell donated, new and gently-used home furnishing and renovation materials at a fraction of the original price. ReStore proceeds directly support building Habitat homes. ReStore also helps the environment, by diverting thousands of tons of household materials from landfill.

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