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Old 07/18/06, 01:36 PM
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Cost to demolish house?

I'm wondering what it would cost (more or less) to hire a contractor to tear down a 50 year old 500 sq ft house made of brick/cinderblock. I don't want to know how much it would be to do it myself, or do it some alternative way--just a standard tear down and disposal of debris by professionals. Do any of you have any experience with this?

FYI, I'm asking because I'm still looking at buying that property I was asking about earlier (the one that didn't sell at auction), and now I have time to consider all the "what ifs". I want to know what I should bring my offer down to if an inspector looks at the house and says it's not salvageable (which I suspect strongly might be the case). I would basically be willing to pay the current price we've negotiated and talked about IF the property is salvageable and I can use it as the basis for a bigger "addition", OR theoretically if the property were raw land and just I had to pay the price of building a house, BUT if I'm going to have to pay to build a whole house AND tear out the old one, I'm going to drop my offer by at least the cost of demolition. Maybe in the end I would do the demolition in a nontraditional way, but for the purposes of the offer, I just want to know the standard cost of doing it the normal way.

So--$5,000? $10,000? $30,000? Any ballpark estimates out there for me? Thanks!

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have you tried looking in the yellow pages under demolition contractors?

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Old 07/18/06, 02:04 PM
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I'll be doing that too--but was hoping to get slightly faster/more realistic/less salesmanship-oriented info here. Sometimes the price they quote you and the price you end up paying because of all the "stuff" that inevitably comes up can be very different.

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Have you thought of Calling your local .Fire Dept. They might use it for Practice burn, Then they finish the demolition when finished .Burning. For training purposes..

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Old 07/18/06, 02:17 PM
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Wish I was closer. I would tear down and salvage all the materials I could. Then you would only need to hire a group to come in with a bulldozer and dump truck to finish the clean-up.
Assuming it's not on a basement I can't imagine it being more than $3500.

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Old 07/18/06, 02:19 PM
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Just thinking out loud here............. 500sq ft is not that big. Wonder if you could rent a construction dumpster (about $300 here) and a bobcat ($??) and do it yourself (with friends).

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Old 07/18/06, 02:29 PM
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Hum around here the brick and block can be used as fill the rest goes to the dunp a contractor here would be about $500 for a backhoe and a dumptruck to haul the one load of nonfill any driveway areas need filled?
On the other hand where my friend lives in chicago we are talking about $10,ooo for the same work.

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Should be around $8-$12 per square foot. I've had a few larger block buildings demolished in different areas of the country and it's always been in that range, including disposal.

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Old 07/18/06, 08:34 PM
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Here it would run 3 to 4000 Thats what they told me on a stick house I decided to do it myself Got a 24 by 32 barn out of it with a loft for hay. If it has a basement it would cost less cause they fill the basement with the blocks...

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Old 07/18/06, 08:35 PM
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Disposal is what really costs if you can't just push it over in a hole and bury it.

Backhoe to load dump trucks and of course Gas for dump truck plus landfill fees.

If you have to have it hauled off Kuriakos is about right with square ft figures.

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Six years ago I hired a contractor to tear down the old house and machine shed on land that I had just bought. He used a large excavator to dig a big hole on the edge of the property. Then he knocked the house and machine shed down and pushed them in the hole and set fire to it. Then he dug the basement and shed foundations out and buried them in the hole. Total cost to me was $900. Oh, this was on a 7.3 acre property in the middle of a section (which means it was 1/2 mile to the nearest road).

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Old 07/18/06, 09:47 PM
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Thanks, guys. If it actually comes to demolishing it, I'll look at the fire department and self-help options for sure. Kuriakos, I like your figure--not quite as much as fantasymaker's $500, but $8-$12 per sq ft sounds more likely for my area. I did manage to get in touch with one demolition contractor today (had to call 8 people before one answered the phone!), and he said that the price would depend largely on whatever permits he needed to get for the specific township, but probably somewhere around $8k-$10k. I wonder if he's on the pricey end or the cheap end for my area.... Anyway, for some reason I had the pessimistic guess that this was going to cost at least $20k--now that I know it's much cheaper than that (and maybe almost free from the fire dept!), I feel better about making my offer.

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You might want to consider renting the house. Should take about a year to have it completely demolished.

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For the price of two bags of chips, and a case of pop, my grandkids could demolish it in two hours.

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Old 07/19/06, 08:36 AM
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Oops, I wrote my last post right after kuriakos' post, but for some reason it didn't appear until hours later!

It does sort of have a basement--the half submerged walk-out kind--so maybe they could put some of the fill in there. If I knock over this little old house, though, I will want to build a bigger, sturdier one where it stands, or near there, anyway, so I'm not sure that I can bury the fill there. I'm going to try to keep the house if at all possible money-wise, but the submerged basement wall is cracked and leaning in so badly I'm not sure it can be saved, not to mention all the other things falling apart in the house. The house and its components have no architectural value--just a block and brick rectangle filled with vinyl floors and cheap carpet that's slowly falling apart.

Ed, not sure what you mean about renting the house. Even though people ARE living in it, it's not really in habitable condition at the moment. We plan to live in our current house until any demolition/construction is finished, so luckily we're not in any major hurry.

Uncle Will, that's the best price quote yet--if we manage to get the place, I might just give you a call.

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I would consider renting the house....even at $300 a month...might be nice cash in your pocket.
You might also put the word out about demolishing the house. You would be surprised what some people would salvage. One man's trash is another man's treasure!!!!
Around here, they demolished a total burnout, the cost was $6000 for a 900 s.f. house.
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Old 07/19/06, 10:19 AM
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Ohhh, now I see what you guys mean by "rent it". That's not a great option for us, because the house is on just about the best homesite on the 15 acres--flat, high, mostly cleared with some nice shade trees, lovely view of the pasture, hills, and woods, great privacy from road and neighbors, good site to build the barn nearby, good proximity to well, sheltered from west winds, etc.--so we're either going to fix it and add onto it, or knock it down and build a new one it its place. Before they put up this little brick box in the 50's, they knocked down the old farmhouse that was there, standing in about the same spot. About 10 years ago, they also knocked down the old dairy barn that was there. I wish they had left those buildings--I've seen pics, and they were beautiful! Now I have to recreate them!

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Perhaps turn it ito a shed.

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