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What does it cost to demolish a house?

We are often asked "What does it cost to tear down a house?" The first answer is, it depends. The second answer is, "probably not as much as you think." It depends because every job is unique depending on the size of house being demolished, the material it is constructed of (wood vs.brick, etc.), whether there are hazardous materials present, etc.

However, all of these factors are easily identified and priced. In the grand scheme of choosing to tear down and build new, demolition costs are just a small fraction of the overall cost, usually just 2% or so. We took a look back at our last few demolitions to come up with the following cost ranges. Its important to remember that the cost of the demolition is not just the demolition contractor's quote, you will incur cost preparing the home demolition (utility disconnects, etc.) as well as post demolition costs to keep the site safe and secure.

Typical demolition costs

Gas disconnect $0 to $1,000

Water & sewer disconnect $500 to $1,000

Asbestos inspection $0 to $500

Pest control inspection $0 to $250

Demolition permit $100

Asbestos siding removal $2,000 to $4,000

Demolition $6,000 to $10,000

Construction entrance $500

Post demo fill $0 to $1,500

Silt & Safety fencing $500

Not every job incurs all the costs mentioned above. We demolished 8 houses over the past year. The average cost for demolition only cost was about $8,000 and the average total cost with all of the above items was approximately $11,000. We removed asbestos shingles on 4 houses with an average cost of $3,000.

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