Demolition of Mobile Home. Is $2,500 too high?

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  1. Bud

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    Hey all. I have an ugly single-wide trailer (about 40ft. long) on my land that I want to have removed before I start work on my homestead. I am debating whether I should attempt this job myself, or hire a demolition company to do it. One company so far has seen it and quoted me $2,500 for the demolition and removal. Seems pretty steep. In your opinion, is this too high? I have never needed this type of work before, so I have no idea what price range is considered appropriate. Thanks for any advice.
     
  2. RosewoodfarmVA

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    Put it on craigslist for free and more than likely someone will haul it off for you!
     

  3. Bud

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    I'm not sure of that. The trailer is in decrepit condition and certainly cannot be moved in one piece. Also, the metal siding has already been stripped off, so there is no value from the scrap metal. It's one of the ugliest eyesores you will see!
     
  4. momanto

    momanto SW FLORIDA HAPPYLAND

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    Have You Considered Asking Your Local Fire Dept. If They Will Do It Or If They Know Of A Smaller, Perhaps Volunteer Fd That Would?

    Mom
     
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    I wouldn't be able to write the check fast enough if it were me. I think $2500 is well worth not having to deal with it myself.
     
  6. MELOC

    MELOC Master Of My Domain

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    that steel frame has value at $5-$8 per hundred pounds.
     
  7. poppy

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    I'd do it myself if I were you and had time. A little community up the road had a guy who demolished 2 of them on his property. He tore them apart after work and on weekends. People gave him a dollar or two for the windows to use in garden sheds, chicken coops and such. He also sold some good 2x2's. We called it the Millerville Home Depot.;) You can hire a hole dug to burn in and then cover it up. Someone bought the frames off him. Wiring will bring a bit for junk.
     
  8. alpha phi

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    Personally. I would do it myself.
    Anything with any value would be reused, or recycled.

    To pay someone else......
    Including dump fees, labor, insurance, fuel, and equipment....$2500 is a bargain
     
  9. clovis

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    I don't know what kind of time or money restrictions you are dealing with, but I would also look at some alternatives.

    I would still list it on Craigs list. There are alot of scrappers out there looking for stuff like that. One man's trash is another's treasure.

    Can you demo the wood out of it, and save yourself some cash?

    My point is that you have a starting point figure of $2500; every $100 saved off of that is $100 in your pocket. Alot depends on if you have alot of time or money.

    Clove
     
  10. Ken Scharabok

    Ken Scharabok In Remembrance

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    Had a similar situation. Out of the blue, on a clear day, it got struck by lightening and burned to the ground - literally. Virtually all which was left was the roof and frame. Local junkyard hauled those off for their scrap value.

    Added: If down to roof and frame you can cut up roof into manageable sections using an axe. For the frame find someone with portable oxy/ace tanks and a cutting torch. Cut into maybe 8' lengths. Dig a couple of inches around the screw anchors and have them cut off as well. Then take roof and frame sections, plus anything else metal, such as ducts, to a scrap iron dealer. What you are then left with is basically ashes and some residue, such as melted plastics.
     
  11. michiganfarmer

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    doesnt sound much like the do it yourself attitude that a homesteader needs to have
     
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    The 2500 may be cheap for a demo crew depending on the age of the trailer. There is a place in Mid-Michigan that is licensed to demo older trailers because of the asbestos that may have been used in the building materials.
     
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    Some folks in my neighborhood haul them away. They then burn them and sell the frame and or any other parts that can be sold. $2,500 sounds like an awful lot to pay and then they make money off the thing on top of what you paid them.
    PQ
     
  15. Scrounger

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    Put up a sign in the local feed or other stores. Sopmebody might come forward to do it for any materials that are left (put a picture on the signs). If not Take anything good (windows, doors, some of the paneling, etc) out and burn the rest. try to keep the frame - they make great trailers. If you have a tractor/loader it makes the job easier. If not, talk to a neighbor and they might knock it off the frame for you if you buy the gas.
     
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    A friend looked at a piece of land a couple of years ago that had 2 or 3 old mobile homes on it, in various stages of disrepair. We decided that we wouldn't want to tear them apart, sort out the trash from the salvagable materials, and then haul the parts to the appropriate places for disposal or sale. Too much actual trash and garbage for the amount of salvageable or recyclable stuff for me to want to spend a lot of time on such a project. If it were on my propery, I would take a serious look at how much work it is to remove and dispose of properly all the junk in a trailer, like the sawdust and glue based paneling, plastic trim, plastic flooring, etc., that might be in the average trailer. It might turn out that paying someone $2500 to TOTALLY remove it might be a good deal.

    What we found out when we checked into it for our friend was that the salvage places would not take the entire trailer, but only the components that they wanted, and they had to be cleaned up pretty good.
     
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    You want to consider if there is insulation or any finishing products such as paints, stains, or caulks, that would leach if buried or become airborne if burned. Better to hire this done by somebody who hauls the stuff away and thus assumes the liability. I used to feel that anything I could do myself rather than pay to have done was automatically the better choice, but now I view my time with more respect. Sue
     
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    Do it yourself......whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might. IF you have the time and physical ability. Doing as many things yourself as is practical is part of it. That money can be applied elsewhere.


    ( Eccl. 9:10 Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.)
     
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    With the recent prices received for scrap a few salvage guys are now dismantling them for the materials. I have junker on another farm and I am attempting to contact these people in hopes of getting rid of the one I have. I know a man that will not work at a steady job but he, by himself and with nothing more than a crowbar and hammer and an ax, tore another home I had into recyclable pieces. He sold the frame and axles to a farmer to use as a trailer to haul round hay bales. The roof and siding along with the window frames sold for the aluminum. I crushed the plumbing and the drywall/paneling, insulation, flooring and hauled that to the landfill. He told me he made more than $700 from the scrap.
     
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    For me it would depend on whether I had $2500 I just wanted to throw away. I don't. I'd do Craigslist. Or demolish it myself, if there's an acceptable refuse center that will take stuff free. Remember, the frame is still good... they make excellent bridges... it's the insulation, pipes, fixtures that are worthless. If I had a tight clay soil, I'd get a backhoe, dig a hole, and take everything unvaluable to me, place it in the hole, cover it back up with the clay, and forgettaboutit.

    Or, maybe lightning will strike.:rolleyes: