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!