How Much Does It Cost to Demolish a House?

residential home demolition

Every year, thousands of people across the United States begin to contemplate demolishing their house. The reasons vary, but the initial question is almost always the same:

'How much does it cost to demolish this house?'

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Average Cost of House Demolition in the U.S.

The national average cost to demolish a house is $9,380.

However, keep in mind that the price you pay may be more or less than the average cost.

Factors impacting house demolition costs include:

  • the size of your home

  • the age of your home

  • environmental issues (e.g. asbestos, lead, etc.)

  • where the house is located

  • your city's specific requirements regarding demolition

Consider that, while the national average cost to tear down a house is $9,380, the range for house demolition cost goes from $800 all the way up to $75,000 or more—it all depends on the project.


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Sample House Demolition Projects

Below are some examples of what people have paid for their house demolition in the United States.

These prices include demolishing the home, hauling away the debris, and returning the site to grade.

How Much It Costs to Tear Down a House
Location House Size & Description Final Cost
Marshallville, GA 2,500 sq. ft. two-story house $5,000
Wise County, TX 1,100 sq. ft. house with slab and pier & beam foundation $6,000
Culver City, CA 2,000 sq. ft. house with no basement $10,000
Long Beach, NY 1,000 sq. ft. home damaged by hurricane $9,700
Richfield, OH 1,200 sq. ft. house with garage $5,000
Lake Park, GA 2,000 sq. ft. two-story house on concrete slab $8,000
Lemoore, CA 1,000 sq. ft. single-story house with no basement; asbestos was also removed $8,200
Great Falls, VA 1,800 sq. ft. multi-level house with basement, crawlspace, and slab $11,000
Lenoir, NC 1,300 sq. ft. house $4,200
Senoia, GA 3,500 sq. ft. house with basement $13,800
Fairfax County, VA 1,200 sq. ft. two-story house with a basement $10,000
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 15,000 sq. ft. home with extensive fire damage; the foundation was also removed $75,000

As you can see, the price to tear down a 1,000 sq. ft. home can vary by thousands of dollars. Not only is size a big factor in how much it costs to tear down a house, but also the materials used to build it (e.g. demolishing a brick home will be more expensive than demolishing a typical stick-built home), how easy it is to get to and from the demolition site, whether or not asbestos is present, and the contractor you hire.


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