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Donate Your House to Cahrity. We Make it Easy.

Here you can find out general information about donating a house, the types of homes we accept, benefits and the 'how to' process to get you started.​

Donate Your House to Cahrity. We Make it Easy.

Here you can find out general information about donating a house, the types of homes we accept, benefits and the 'how to' process to get you started.​

Getting started with donating your home

This is a relatively simple process with huge benefits that allows you to get rid of the undesirable property.

Got a vacation house you no longer want?

Or an extra apartment?

Or maybe you have some residential real estate that you never got a chance to develop?

Selling your home can be tiring and involves expensive brokerage fees along with the bureaucratic work of transferring deeds and other property utilities.

So, whether it is inherited real estate, a failed investment, or simply something standing in the way of your other goals, a house donation could be the solution for you.

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Residential house donations breakdown

DonateMyHouse’s mission is to make the donation process as streamlined as possible.

Simply fill out a brief snapshot form about your property for our team to review, and after evaluating the property to see if it’s a good fit, we send you the closing documents to sign and relieve you of all property responsibility and fees. 

We accept a wide range of residential properties from houses of all types, apartments, condos, townhomes, mobile homes, and everything in between!

We carefully appraise each submitted property to make sure that it fits our organization’s needs and to see that donation truly is the right choice.

The benefits of donating
your home

Donating a house could be an excellent solution for your unwanted real estate that brings peace of mind and financial reward.

Save time and reduce costs affiliated with your house:

  • Listing your property on the market
  • The hassle of finding professionals to help fix up the property for sale
  • Expensive real estate agents and brokers
  • Utility bills
  • Liens
  • Mortgages

We sort and handle all the necessary documentation, free of charge, to make sure you no longer have to deal with costly fines or taxes.

The non-profit benefit

Know that when you donate to us, as a charity, you are not only helping others in need but setting yourself up to receive major tax benefits.

Painless and easy process

We manage your entire donation process.

Tax benefits

  • You receive a tax deduction for your property’s value
  • Helping you with income taxes
  • Avoid capital gains tax

As with anything of this financial undertaking, we suggest that you first consult a financial advisor to understand your options.

How to donate a house

Donating a house takes between 3-6 weeks from start to finish.

If your property is approved for donation, and we accept it, then we will prepare all necessary documents so all you’ll need to do is sign on the dotted line.

The process is free.

Steps to take

  • Tell us about your property
  • Our expert team reviews each property to see if it’s a good fit
  • Sign the closing documents and return them to us
  • Leave the rest to us as we take over all other property responsibilities, sending you a tax-deductible receipt

Types of houses you can donate


This is the term for a typical house, whether large or small.

Example of a single family house that was donated

Attached Houses

Housing structures that are physically linked to other structures, but stand as separate living units.

example of a townhouse donation

Examples of attached houses

  • Townhouses
  • Patio houses
  • Cottages
  • Duplexes
  • Triplexes
  • and more

Mobile Homes

Mobile houses are moveable housing structures.

example of a mobile house donation

Examples of mobile houses include

  • Trailers
  • Pre-cut residences
  • Modular residences
  • Houseboats
  • Motorhomes
  • Manufactured houses
  • Mobile houses
  • Tiny house donations
  • and more

Specialty houses

These are houses that were either built for a unique purpose while also serving as a living space or built in an unusual way.

farm house donation example

Examples of specialty houses

  • Ranch houses
  • Gable fronts
  • I-houses
  • Split-level houses
  • Tower houses
  • Farmhouses
  • and more

House full of stuff

Sometimes people are dealing with a situation where their house is overpacked by a lot of unneeded stuff. 

In this situation, if the house was inherited or acquired for free, it might make sense to donate. 

Contact us to see if this is the right option for you. 

Note: If you are looking to donate all the items that clog up your house but not the house itself. 

You can make an in-kind donation here.

House after a fire

In this unfortunate situation, there are a few options when it comes to getting rid of the house. 

Since each situation is complex, we would advise you to contact us and see if this is the right option for you. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What types of houses can I donate?

We accept almost all houses, so long as they pass our expert evaluation.

We work with properties such as apartments and condos, homes, mobile homes, duplexes, and even farmhouses.

Does it matter how I got the house in the first place?

Not in the least!

We will accept properties from anyone who wants to donate regardless if it is inherited, an investment, a gift, or simply something you want to get rid of.

Ownership matters only so much as that it determines the amount of tax deduction you will receive as a result of the donation.

We help donors coming from all ownership types with their donations.

Are private homes tax-exempt?


A donation of a residential property brings with it a host of long-lasting tax credits and deductions.

After donating my house, what happens to all the bills, utilities, etc. associated with it?

Once you donate your house, all these responsibilities immediately get transferred from your name so you can go on living without any of this over your head.

How much will I get for donating my house?

After filling out our snapshot form, our team of expert appraisers will perform a physical review of your house and let you know how much it is worth.

Where can I donate my house?

We accept donations in most states.

Contact us to start the process by calling or filling out the form.

Is donating my house hard?

Not at all, and for that matter, it is much more efficient and easy than selling.

After sending in your property’s snapshot form and having it accepted after a thorough review from our team of experts, you can close your property donation in as little as 3 weeks!

Is DonateMyHouse a good charity to donate my home to?

Well, we are a bit biased, but being that we are an affiliate of Kars4Kids, we guarantee that your donation will go to help supporting youth enrichment and education programs managed in communities nationwide.

What if I’m not sure if I can donate my property?

You probably can, you just don’t know it yet.

Fill in our property snapshot form and our team of experts will reach out to conduct a thorough review to let you know if you are indeed eligible.

Is donating a house a good idea for me?

Donating real estate is always a good idea when you’re considering ways to get rid of your property.

With a donation, you avoid having to pay capital gains tax on the property sale and receive a tax deduction.

What do charities do with donated houses?

  • Sells them and funds their cause
  • The charity could rent the house out
  • The charity can use the house for its own cause

Can I donate a house that has a lien or mortgage on it?

This is a complex situation but yes, we do accept such properties.

Give us a call or contact us through our contact form to move forward.

Can I donate a house that needs a lot of repairs?


What if I couldn’t sell my house, would I be able to donate it?


I have someone living in my house, can I still donate it?

We would need some more information about the situation but in general, we do accept such properties.