Demolition Costs

Demolition Costs

A demolition project is a very large project and most people prefer not to tackle it alone. This means that they will choose to hire a professional in demolition projects with subcontractors. The reasoning behind that isn’t just because it’s a large project but because of the liability and safety concerns such as the building being unsafe and falling down on its own and the possibility of certain hazardous materials being present such as asbestos and lead.

Demolition Cost Estimation

Now, the actual demolition costs can vary widely depending on the specific project details, your location, etc.  For that reason, the best way to get the most accurate estimate is to contact a demolition expert professional in your area and request a demolition project estimate. As a general rule, though, residential demolition can range anywhere from $6.00-$7.00 per square foot to as much as $15.00 per square foot.

Cost Helper states that in low-cost areas and the Midwest, you could pay between $3,000 and $8,000 for the demolition of a small home of no more than 1,500 square feet, but could run up to as much as double that if machinery isn’t easily accessible, larger size building, etc.  It could cost $25,000 or more for a demolition to go down to the dirt including the removal of the basement and/or foundation.

Factors that Affect the Cost of Demolition

There are a number of factors that affect the cost of demolition including but by no means limited to the following:


  • Asbestos material. Prior to demolition, the EPA requires that asbestos abatement be performed adequately, which could add a few dollars per square foot to the overall demolition costs.

  • Left-over debris. Where will you take the debris after the demolition? Landfill? If so, there are fees that must be paid to dump in the landfill in addition to hauling all the debris there. The actual fees can be added to the demolition costs and will vary based on your location.

  • Consider any materials that can be salvaged that could offset the demolition costs. A professional can assist you in this process to determine what, if any, of the materials can even be salvaged.

  • The foundation. Will the entire foundation be removed or will part of it remain? Concrete demolition will be extra to the demolition costs that you were initially quoted.

  • Site restoration, excavation, clearing. If any of this is needed after the actual demolition of the building or structure then you can expect additional costs.

Don’t Settle for the First Demolition Costs Quote

It is important not to call one company and once you hear their estimate and are satisfied hire them on the spot. Sure, they may offer you a price that you believe to be great, but there are other companies out there on the market that could very well offer you a lower rate. While you shouldn’t always go for the lowest rate, a lower rate for high quality is still out there and should be sought after.