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Understanding The Real Cost Of Demolition

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As a business owner, deciding to demolish your existing building and start all-new construction is a significant undertaking. There are many things to consider when you're planning a demolition, but the hardest part of the process is determining the total cost of the project. There are so many different factors that contribute to the cost of a demolition project, and understanding those costs and how they contribute can help you budget your project. Here are some of the factors you need to consider.

Property's Square Footage

The square footage of the property contributes to many of the costs associated with your demolition project. You need to familiarize yourself with the precise square footage of the property that you're demolishing. Talk with your demolition contractor about the base cost per square footage first so that you can determine the initial demolition cost before you incorporate any special considerations or other expenses.

Demolition Permits

In every area of the country, there are permits and licenses associated with demolition projects. You must have all of the necessary permits in order to start your demolition project, and those permits will cost you. Talk with your demolition contractor about the permits required for your property so that you know how much this will contribute to the project costs.

Hazardous Inspection Fees

Especially when you are dealing with an older property, you also need to allow for the fees associated with hazardous materials, including things like asbestos and lead. Failing to identify the presence of materials like this can lead to an unsafe environment. Exposure to things like asbestos can be dangerous for the demolition crew.

You can have the building tested for any asbestos or lead presence, but need to work that into your budget. If the tests uncover any of these hazardous materials, you will need to also pay for remediation to ensure that the crew working your site will be safe.


Demolition generates a lot of debris. That debris needs to be disposed of properly because it cannot simply go to the landfill. In addition, the amount of debris left over is too significant to try to manage on your own.

If your demolition contractor doesn't offer disposal services, you will also need to budget for waste removal and disposal services. You'll have to give them an estimate of the square footage of the building as well as the material it is constructed from to get an accurate quote.

All of these things factor into the cost of demolition. Make sure that you know exactly how much it will cost you to have your company's building demolished by considering each of these costs and talking with your commercial demolition contractor.