Building Demolition Cost Guide: How Much It Costs to Tear Down Various Structures

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If you have a structure you want torn down, you're likely curious how much it will cost to get it done.

When it comes time to tear down a building, the first question most people ask is, "How much is this going to cost?"

We understand that getting the best price for your building demolition is of the utmost importance to you, and we want to help ensure you get that.

This guide will go over the average costs for the most popular types of building demolition:

Building demolition costs vary based on a number of factors, including the type and size of the structure, the building materials being removed, where the building is located, whether or not hazardous materials are present, and who you hire.

Your exact project cost will depend on these factors, and the best way to get an accurate estimate for your project is to reach out to multiple contractors in your area for a quote.

This not only ensures you get the best price but also allows you to choose the best contractor for the job, not just the cheapest.

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Commercial Building Demolition Average Cost

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The national average for commercial demolition is roughly $4-$8 per square foot, including debris disposal.

With that being said, however, this average square footage cost goes down as the square footage of the project goes up.

So, the larger the commercial building being demolished, the less you will likely pay per square foot for the demolition.

Below are real-life examples of what others have paid for their commercial building demolition project.

Commercial Building Demolition Cost Examples

State City Project Description Project Cost
California La Habra Heights Demolition of 4,500 sq ft commercial building $26,000
Florida Callahan Demolition of 12,000 sq ft commercial building $48,000
Georgia Gainesville Demolition of 9,950 sq ft PNC Bank $40,000
Louisiana Baton Rouge Demolition of 4,500 sq ft four-unit townhome $18,000
Michigan Detroit Demolition of 4,800 sq ft commercial building, including asbestos abatement $13,000
Ohio Youngstown Demolition of 2,640 sq ft commercial building $5,000
Texas Hurst Demolition of 2,000 sq ft commercial building, including foundation $12,000
Texas Fort Worth Demolition of 2,855 sq ft four-unit townhome $12,000
Texas Beasley Demolition of 200 sq ft office building $1,500
Washington Shoreline Demolition of 2,300 sq ft commercial building $11,000

 

As you can see, size and location of the commercial structure are the two biggest factors affecting cost.

For example, a customer in Baton Rouge, Louisiana had a 4,500 sq ft commercial building demolished for $18,000, while a customer in La Habra Heights, California had a 4,500 sq ft commercial building demolished for $26,000.

The customer in La Habra Heights paid significantly more for the same size commercial demolition because waste disposal fees and the cost of living in La Habra Heights (203.5/100) are much higher than those in Baton Rouge (90.4/100). 

Other factors that affect commercial demolition cost include:

  • Building materials used.
  • Whether or not hazardous materials are present.
  • Debris cleanup and disposal efforts.
  • Who you hire.

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Mobile Home Demolition Average Cost

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The national average cost to tear down a mobile home is $3.50-$5 per square foot, including debris disposal.

With the average single-wide trailer measuring 15 ft wide x 72 ft long, the average cost to demolish a single-wide mobile home is $3,000-$5,000.

A double-wide trailer demolition will cost closer to $7,000 or more in some cases.

Below is a list of real-life examples of what others have paid for their mobile home demolition.

Mobile Home Demolition Cost Examples

State City Project Description Project Cost
Arizona Mesa Demolition of single-wide trailer $2,500
California Manteca Demolition of double-wide trailer $4,900
Florida Gainesville Demolition of single-wide trailer and small deck $4,500
Georgia Forsyth County Demolition of single-wide trailer $3,800
Louisiana Slidell Demolition of double-wide trailer and two small porches $3,750
Michigan Fulton Demolition of single-wide trailer and two medium sheds $4,500
Missouri Steelville Demolition of single-wide trailer $1,800
North Carolina Fayetteville Demolition of double-wide trailer $4,200
New Jersey Hampton Demolition of double-wide trailer with no foundation $4,000
New York Walden Demolition of single-wide trailer and medium shed $33,000
Oklahoma Fletcher Demolition of single-wide trailer with concrete block foundation $2,500
Pennsylvania Wernersville Demolition of single-wide trailer $3,500
South Carolina Hilton Head Island Demolition of double-wide trailer $6,200
Tennessee Madison Demolition of double-wide trailer $3,500
Texas Conroe Demolition of double-wide trailer $4,500

 

As you can see, the price for mobile home demolition is highly dependent on the location and size of the mobile home.

For example, a customer in New York paid $33,000 to demolish a single-wide trailer and one medium shed, while a customer in Michigan paid $4,500 to demolish a single-wide trailer and two medium sheds.

The customer in New York paid $28,500 more than the customer in Michigan, and had less work done.

This huge difference in price is due to the high waste disposal fees and the overall cost of living in New York compared to Michigan.

In addition to location and size, there are other major cost factors that come into play when estimating the cost of a mobile home demolition, like what's inside the home, whether or not hazardous materials are present, and who you hire.

To ensure you choose the right contractor for your mobile home demolition project and don't overpay, we recommend getting quotes from at least three different contractors.


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House Demolition Average Cost

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Traditional house demolition has a price tag of $4,000-$14,000 on average, including debris disposal.

This average price varies so drastically because, just like any type of demolition, there are several factors that come into play.

Common Factors Affecting House Demolition Costs:

  • Size of the home
  • Materials used to build the home
  • Location and accessibility of the home
  • Demolition method used
  • Contractor you hire

The table below gives you an idea of what real house demolition costs across the country look like, how they vary, and why.

House Demolition Cost Examples

State City Project Description Proejct Cost
Alabama Huntsville Demolition of 2,400 sq ft home with two-car garage $7,000
California Los Angeles Demolition of 1,300 sq ft home $8,000
Colorado Denver Demolition of 1,300 sq ft home with asbestos $7,500
Florida Dade City Demolition of 4,000 sq ft home $12,000
Georgia Marietta Demolition of 1,300 sq ft home $8,000
Michigan Livonia Demolition of 1,300 sq ft home $10,000
Minnesota St. Paul Park Demolition of 1,530 sq ft home $12,500
Mississippi Biloxi Demolition of 1,600 sq ft home $2,200
New Jersey Manasquan Demolition of 1,300 sq ft home with two-car garage and asbestos $11,000
New York Long Beach Demolition of 1,000 sq ft home $9,700
North Carolina Lenoir Demolition of 1,300 sq ft home $4,200
Ohio Blue Ash Demolition of 1,300 sq ft home $7,000
Pennsylvania Chester Demolition of 1,400 sq ft home with two-car garage $18,000
South Carolina Seneca Demolition of 1,200 sq ft home $3,800
Texas Corsicana Demolition of 1,600 sq ft home $9,000

 

As the table shows, house demolition costs fluctuate the most due to location of the home and size of the home.

For example, these examples show 1,300 sq ft homes fluctuating from as low as $4,200 in Lenoir, North Carolina to as high as $10,000 in Livonia, Michigan.

This shows the effect location has on price, and it's no surprise that the size of the home will affect cost as well.

For example, in Cleveland, one customer paid $8,500 for a 1,140 sq ft home demolition while another paid $6,000 to demolish a fire-damaged 910 sq ft home.

As you can see, the bigger your home, the more you will likely have to pay to have it demolished.

If you're interested in deconstructing your home in order to salvage as much useable material as possible, you can expect to pay 2-3x more than traditional demolition.

Deconstruction is significantly more expensive up front, but when done right, you can often recoup much of your costs by reusing or selling your salvaged materials.

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Barn Demolition Average Cost

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On average, the price of barn demolition is $1,500-$10,000, including debris disposal.

However, prices can reach as high as $25,000 depending on the barn's size, the location and accessibility of the barn, and the contractor you work with.

Below are some real-life examples of what others have paid for barn demolition.

Barn Demolition Cost Examples

State City Project Description Project Cost
Florida Jacksonville Demolition of 280 sq ft barn made of concrete and wood $1,900
Kentucky Campbellsville Demolition of 4,200 sq ft barn with metal roof $2,250
Missouri Lees Summit Demolition of 1,200 sq ft pole barn made of steel and wood $4,000
New York Rochester Demolition of 1,200 sq ft barn made of wood $7,000
Ohio Pataskala Deconstruction of 4,800 sq ft barn made of wood (majority of wood recycled) $9,600
Oklahoma Bridge Creek Demolition of 2,400 sq ft barn damaged by tornado $3,000

 

Deconstruction is another popular option for barn demolition because it allows you to salvage useable, and often highly valuable, barn wood.

Old growth timbers commonly used to build old barns are very valuable and should definitely be saved to be sold or reused in furniture or as home accents, like shelving or beams on the ceiling.

Reach out to multiple barn demolition contractors in your area to get a better idea of how much your barn demolition project will cost.


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Garage Demolition Average Cost

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Garage demolition costs $1,000-$3,000 on average, including debris disposal.

However, the cost to tear down a garage varies depending on...

  • The size of the garage.
  • Where the garage is located.
  • If the garage is attached or detached.
  • Materials used to build the garage.
  • Whether or not the garage has a foundation.
  • Existing utilities in the garage.
  • Overall condition of the garage.
  • Whether or not there is asbestos or lead paint present.

The table below gives you an idea of what real garage demolition costs across the country look like, how they vary, and why.

Garage Demolition Cost Examples

State City Project Description Project Cost
California San Jose Demolition of two-car garage and. 9,000 sq ft concrete driveway $4,500
Colorado Denver Demolition of single-car garage, including slab $1,950
Florida Jacksonville Demolition of two-car garage $1,500
Illinois Boyd Demolition of two-car garage $3,000
Indiana Gary Demolition of single-car garage $1,200
Iowa Cedar Rapids Demolition of singe-car garage, including slab $1,000
Michigan Hastings Demolition of single-car garage, including slab $2,000
Minnesota St. Paul Park Demolition of two-car garage $2,300
Missouri Kansas City Demolition of two-car garage, including slab $2,000
New Jersey Garfield Demolition of two-car garage $4,500
New York Flushing Demolition of single-car garage, including slab $10,000
North Carolina Albemarle Demolition of two-car garage $2,000
Ohio Cleveland Demolition of two-car garage, including slab $2,000
South Carolina Pickens Demolition of single-car garage $700
Texas Houston Demolition of two-car garage $2,500

 

As the above examples show, location is one of the biggest factors impacting the cost of garage demolition.

For example, in Flushing, New York, a single-car garage demolition and concrete slab removal cost $10,000, while a single-car demolition and concrete slab removal in Hastings, Michigan cost $2,000.

This is due to the high cost of living and waste disposal fees in Flushing, New York (182.7/100) compared to Hastings, MI (83.5/100).

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Shed Demolition Average Cost

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Shed demolition is relatively inexpensive, costing $500-$2,000 on average, including debris disposal.

Several factors influence the total cost of shed demolition, including:

  • The size and location of the shed.
  • The materials used to build the shed.
  • Whether the demolition is done using heavy machinery or by hand.
  • Whether or not the shed has a concrete foundation that needs to be removed
  • Who you hire.

In the table below, you can see what real-life customers have paid for their shed demolition.

Shed Demolition Cost Examples

State City Project Description Project Cost
Arkansas Little Rock Demolition of 100 sq ft shed $650
California Chino Demolition of 72 sq ft shed $1,500
Connecticut New London Demolition of 80 sq ft shed, including contents $2,850
Illinois Olympia Fields Demolition of 24 sq ft shed $560
Maine Portland Demolition of 120 sq ft shed $1,500
Maryland Edgewater Demolition of 300 sq ft shed $1,500
Massachusetts Framingham Demolition of 120 sq ft shed $650
Michigan Holly Demolition of 120 sq ft shed $1,100
Minnesota Minneapolis Demolition of 225 sq ft shed, including slab $1,500
New Jersey Paramus Demolition of 80 sq ft shed $800
New York Sheldon Demolition of 120 sq ft shed $1,200
North Carolina Asheville Demolition of 216 sq ft shed $2,200
Ohio Mentor Demolition of 160 sq ft shed $500
Texas Baytown Demolition of 120 sq ft shed $800
Virginia Centreville Demolition of 35 sq ft shed $1,200

 

As the table above reflects, the location and size of your shed will have a big impact on your shed demolition cost, as well as the contents of the shed.

For example, in New London, Connecticut, a customer paid $2,850 to demolish and haul away an 80 sq ft shed that was full of contents.

In Paramus, New Jersey, a customer paid $800 to demolish and haul away an 80 sq ft shed that was empty.

While location plays a big factor in cost due to the cost of living and varying waste disposal fees, the cost of living in Paramus is higher than that of New London.

This is an example of how the amount and type of debris being disposed of can affect the total cost of shed demolition.

To find out exactly how much your shed demolition project will cost, we recommend contacting at least three different contractors to compare quotes, availability, and customer service.


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