How Much Does It Cost to Demolish a House?

So you want to build a custom home in Florida. Excellent! The experts at Cogdill Builders Florida are here to make sure you get everything on your wish list. In order to do so, you may be considering a tear down and rebuild, one of our specialties, but you make be asking “how much does it cost to demolish a house?”

The bottom line is that it is nearly impossible to give you an exact figure, say like $10,000 or even $20,000. Costs to demolish a house vary based on the size and location of the tear down and rebuild property. In general, costs can range anywhere from $3,000 to $15,000 depending on your ability to recoup expenses and other considerations.

The cost to demolish a small (800-1500 sq. ft.) tear down and rebuild home down to the foundation or basement using heavy-duty equipment complete with debris hauling can be as low as $3,000 for places like the Midwest or other low-cost areas.  The cost to demolish a house can skyrocket to $15,000 or more depending on size, materials, location, access, and a host of other factors. On the other hand, if you are looking for a complete demolition down to the dirt including removal of the slab and basement you could be looking at upwards of $10,000 to as much as $20,000.

Items that can add to the total demolition costs of a tear down and rebuild include:

  • Garage
  • Porch
  • Addition
  • Sunroom

Additional costs could be incurred if lead paint or asbestos is present in the tear down and rebuild home.  

A novel process for the demolition of a home is called deconstruction. It involves the careful and organized dismantling of a home for the express purpose of reusing or recycling the material. This is an environmentally friendly alternative to demolition. Although the cost to demolish a house via deconstruction may be slightly higher, non-profit organizations like The ReUse People of America ship the materials from your tear down and rebuild to a warehouse for salvage and provide you with tax deduction paperwork.

The cost to demolish a house can range based on a whole host of variations making it difficult to give an exact figure however, if you are looking to tear down and rebuild, give Cogdill Builders Florida a call to get your estimate.

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