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June 18, 2018

Cost-saving ReStore salvage program gets a reboot

Our Towns Habitat for Humanity is bringing back a popular program that can help local homeowners save on renovation projects, while also funding affordable housing programs in North Mecklenburg and Iredell counties.

The salvage program saves homeowners on demolition costs associated with most remodels, by sending deconstruction professionals to carefully extract and remove cabinets, countertops, sinks, toilets and more. These services are offered at no cost to homeowners, who agree to donate all items removed for resale in local Habitat ReStores.

“Many homeowners end up paying a contractor to come in with a sledge hammer and destroy usable fixtures, which end up filling up our landfills, but the salvage program offers an alternative,” said Jamie Jenkins, the new Salvage Manager. “This way, you save money, you help the environment and you help build affordable homes.”

All owners of property in the Our Towns Habitat service area (North Mecklenburg and Iredell counties) are eligible to take advantage of this free service. Service will officially begin July 1, but property owners may begin submitting service requests now, online or by calling 704-896-8957, ext. 204.

Donations received through salvage are resold in the Mooresville, Cornelius and Statesville Habitat ReStores. Much of the cabinetry obtained through salvage is funneled to the Mooresville location, which as the most retail floor space. All Habitat ReStores are open to the public, reselling gently used and new household items and building supplies, at a fraction of retail prices. All proceeds support Our Towns Habitat’s affordable housing program.

The salvage program was put on hold last year, due to staffing changes and planning requirements to open a new Statesville ReStore location. Director of ReStores Dawn Bumgarner said it has been a priority to revive the program, given its ability to generate revenue and its popularity with both homeowners and shoppers.

“Salvage is a great way to support Habitat mission, and it provides a no-cost alternative to demolition, so it really is a win-win for everyone involved,” Bumgarner said.

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