Residential Interior Demolition Cost Guide: Factors That Affect Your Final Bill

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Updated August 31, 2022

Interior demolition is an important first step for many home improvement projects.

While renovating rooms in your house can increase the value of your home, you have to spend money to make money and you're liking wondering, 'How much does residential interior demolition cost?'

At Hometown, we understand the importance of planning and budgeting for interior demolition projects, which is why we've compiled everything you need to know when it comes to pricing this type of job. 

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This guide is meant to help give you an idea of what you can expect to pay for interior demolition but in no way guarantees the price you will pay. The best way to get an accurate estimate for your interior demolition project is by getting quotes from service providers in your area.

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Residential Interior Demolition Average Cost

The national average cost of residential interior demolition is $2,000-$4,000, including debris disposal.

The final bill you receive, however, will vary based on a wide range of circumstances that will ultimately determine the cost of your project.

The chart below shows examples of what others have paid for their residential interior demolition projects across the U.S. to give you an idea of what to expect.

Residential Interior Demolition Cost Examples

State City Project Description Final Cost
California Hawthorne Interior demolition of 3,000 sq ft of vinyl tiles $8,000
California La Mirada Interior demolition of 100 sq ft block wall $550
California Laguna Beach Interior demolition of a kitchen wall and cabinets $600
California Los Angeles Interior demolition of 50 sq ft floor tiling and corner tile shower $1,300
California Massapequa Interior demolition of 130 sq ft bedroom $550
California Yucaipa Interior demolition of 800 sq ft of ceramic tiling and 2,200 sq ft of carpet removal $550
Illinois Chicago Interior demolition of lathe and plaster in the basement, and plaster drywall on the first floor $5,000
Illinois Chicago Interior demolition of 700 sq ft apartment, as well as plaster drywall and flooring of a 4th-floor apartment bedroom $2,200
Massassachuettes Wakefield Interior demolition of 2,000 sq ft house (gutted down to structure), and removed 70 linear ft of pipe insulation with presence of asbestos in basement $12,000
Michigan Ann Arbor Interior demolition of basement fixtures, cabinets, plumbing, drywall, and framing $11,500
Michigan Canton Interior demolition of two adjacent walls under 200 sq ft with presence of asbestos $800
Michigan Clarkston Interior demolition of house, including 2 bathrooms, kitchen, and multiple rooms $4,000
Michigan Clawson Interior demolition of a room with water damage, including drywall, studs, ceiling, and tile flooring $1,000
Michigan Clinton Township Interior demolition of kitchen, including walls, paneling, cabinets, and counters $2,400
Michigan Holland Interior demolition of 300 sq ft of tiling with presence of asbestos  $1,000
Michigan Linden Interior demolition of master bathroom and utility room $2,000
Michigan Oakland Interior demolition of basement $2,500
Michigan Royal Oak Interior demolition of 3 bathrooms, plaster, and drywall in a 1920s home $7,000
Michigan Trenton Interior demolition of basement, including walls, rotten wood paneling, ceiling tiles, and floor tiles $29,000
Michigan Waterford Interior demolition of house down to the brick walls, including drywall, studs, wood, carpet, tile, shelving, bathtub, and toilet $4,500
Michigan Waterford Interior demolition of drop-down ceiling, pulled down wallboard, and removed large furniture $1,200
Michigan West Bloomfield Interior demolition of kitchen countertops and backsplash, tile from a fireplace, and multiple endcaps on staircase $1,000
Michigan White Lake Interior demolition of 1,000 sq ft house $5,500
Minnesota Plymouth Interior demolition of 75 sq ft of flooring with presence of asbestos $550
New Jersey Edison Interior demolition of 1,600 sq ft home, including kitchen, two bedrooms, full bath, attic, laundry room, and sheetrock $4,500
New Jersey High Bridge Interior demolition of bathroom, kitchen island, and basement carpeting, ceiling, and insulation $2,800
New Jersey Marlton Interior demolition of 100 sq ft bathroom $950
New Jersey Ridgewood Interior demolition of bathroom, including plaster walls, ceiling, and flooring $825
New York Peekskill Interior demolition of basement with flood damage $12,000
New York Queens Interior demolition of kitchen and living room wall $2,000
New York White Plains Interior demolition of home down to the studs and subfloor, including ceiling in house and garage, kitchen cabinets, 4 bathrooms, appliances, and screened-in porch $13,500
Texas Highland Park Interior demolition of 5,500 sq ft duplex down to the framing, including walls made of plaster and wire mesh, and widened several doorways $6,800
Utah Layton Interior demolition of 6,500 sq ft home, including walls, doors, and carpet removal $6,000
Vermont Dummerston Interior demolition of master bathroom and kitchen $2,500
Virginia Alexandria Interior demolition of 185 sq ft bedroom $1,000

As you can see, the cost to demolish different interior spaces in residential buildings can vary greatly, from as low as $500 to as high as $15,000. 

Your particular project, however, could cost more or less, depending on several different factors.

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Factors That Affect Residential Interior Demolition Pricing

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There are a number of things that can affect the cost of your specific interior demolition project.

Common factors that influence the total cost of residential interior demolition include:

  • What materials you're demolishing. 
  • The total square footage of the space you're demolishing.
  • The cost of living in your area.
  • Ease of access.
  • Complexity of the project.
  • Presence of asbestos or other hazardous material.
  • Who you hire.

The biggest factor that will influence the cost of your residential interior demolition is the type and amount of material being removed. 

A wall made of brick, for example, will produce much heavier debris than a wall of the same size made of drywall and will typically cost more due to higher disposal fees. 

That said, if there is asbestos or other toxic material present in a wall made of drywall, it could easily end up costing more to demolish than a brick wall of the same size with no presence of hazardous material. 

Every circumstance is unique and every contractor has their own way of calculating their prices, so we recommend contacting at least three contractors in your area to get an idea of what is a fair rate for your project.

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How to Find the Right Residential Interior Demolition Contractor

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You may be tempted to handle interior demolition yourself, but we recommend hiring a local professional to do the work.

Not only will they arrive with the equipment and manpower necessary to complete your project efficiently, but they're also licensed and insured to ensure job site safety.

A critical mistake during DIY demolition can lead to a range of issues that can be costly to fix.

We also recommend reaching out to three or more local contractors for quotes on your project.

This will help to ensure you hire the right person for your interior demolition project without overpaying.

Hometown helps make it easy to find contractors in your area, see customer reviews, and request quotes from as many contractors as you'd like.

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