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How much does it cost to tear down a house?

Demolition costs are subject to a lot of factors that make them vary from as little as$4 a sq foot to over $15. However, completely demolishing a home alone costs between$4,000 and $14,000. Adding in afoundation raise or demolition can increase that number by$1,000 to $5,000. Depending on whether it’s a basement or a slab, and if you run into asbestos and/or lead paint can add even more – upwards of possibly $20,000.

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Some of the top factors that influence the cost of a home demolition are:

  • The size of the building
  • The foundation type and whether it needs to be demolished
  • The materials used to build the home (brick is harder to demolish than wood)
  • The cost of permits
  • Removal of hazards such as asbestos andlead paint
  • Debris removal

Each of these factors can add as little as $1,000 to tens of thousands of dollars onto the final cost. In fact, cost reports for demolishing a 1,500 square foot home range from as low as $6,000 to as much as $22,500.

Homeowners generally need to get a permit from the proper municipality in order to commence demo work. This is because the noise, potential exposure to hazardous materials and general interruption to the neighborhood must be documented and easy for others to see and prepare for. In addition, demolitions must conform to building codes and local bylaws, which anyone applying for the permit must agree to follow.


The costs of demolition permits vary widely from municipality to municipality and may increase or decrease depending on the extent of the demolition. On average, homeowners pay between $50 – $100 for demolition permits, which are often included in the price quoted by a demolition professional.

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