How do I get started with house demolition?

How do I get started with house demolition

How do I get started with house demolition?

The first step toward getting your house demolished involves getting your home inspected, then you’ll need to collect the necessary permits.

Your demolition contractor should help you with the permitting process, but be sure to clarify this with them when getting a quote for the project.

Typically, the house demolition process involves the following steps…

Step 1: Get the building inspected.

Step 2: Acquire the necessary permits.

Step 3: Disconnect existing services.

Step 4: Tear down the house.

Step 5: Haul away the debris.

How does a house get demolished?

The two most common ways to demolish a house are either traditional, mechanical demolition with the assistance of heavy equipment, or by tearing down the house by hand (also known as deconstruction).

Traditional Mechanical Demolition

Mechanical demolition is the most common form of demolition—the house is ripped down with the help of hydraulic excavators and other heavy machinery.

The resulting debris is then hauled away via trailer or dumpster.


Also known as “green demolition” or “demolition by hand,” deconstruction is the process of manually stripping and deconstructing the house piece by piece with the intent of salvaging as many of the materials inside the home as possible.

Another option is a combination of the two—partially deconstructing your home by hand before having the rest of the house demolished with an excavator—and is a way to save some money on demolition.

How much does house demolition cost?

Traditional mechanical demolition is the cheapest and fastest house demolition option, costing $4,000 – $14,000 on average.

Because of the additional labor involved, you can expect to pay 2 – 3x as much to have your home deconstructed by hand.

Just as there’s more than one way to demolish a house, demolition costs vary, too.

Main Factors Affecting House Demolition Costs:

  • Size of your home
  • Materials your home was built with
  • Location of your home
  • Demolition method used
  • Contractor, you hire