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What Is the Cost of Demolition?

Last updated: 19th Oct 2018

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The average cost of demolition services is $75 per hour. If you have a minor demolition job, prices can go for as low as $50/hr. However, if you have a large property to be knocked down, you can expect the rates to go as high as $90/hr.

Where do these prices come from?

All prices stated in this article are based on FY 2018 pricing data compiled by ServiceSeeking.com.au. The figures resulted from a comprehensive analysis of quotes submitted by Demolition Experts on the site from July 2016 to July 2017.
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Eric paid $4,078 to have a wall between his kitchen and living room knocked down. His demolisher had to consider an existing load-bearing beam during the job.

How Much Does Demolition Cost per Square Metre?

It’s important to note that businesses can charge you on a per-square-metre basis, as well. In this type of pricing scheme, the average cost of demolition services is at $35/m2. Still, it depends on a myriad of factors discussed further in this article.

The following rough estimates of demolition costs can be a helpful guide for figuring out average demolition prices for typical buildings or constructions with the easy access to the site and including removal of debris.

How much does demolition cost per square metre?
Type of demolition project Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
Framed residential building $53/m2 $40/m2 $40/m2 $39/m2 $35/m2
Brick residential building $64/m2 $54/m2 $46/m2 $47/m2 $40/m2
One-storey retail building $99/m2 $78/m2 $60/m2 $65/m2 $62/m2
Two-storey retail building $114/m2 $94/m2 $82/m2 $100/m2 $85/m2
Three-storey retail building $102/m2 $101/m2 $72/m2 $77/m2 $95/m2
Industrial brick warehouse $91/m2 $68/m2 $50/m2 $57/m2 $54/m2
Bulk storage shed $61/m2 $48/m2 $37/m2 $44/m2 $43/m2
Commercial offices (3-7 levels) $124/m2 $100/m2 $101/m2 $118/m2 55577855

How Much Does Demolition Cost per Square Foot?

The average cost of demolition services per square foot ranges from $3 to $11. For instance, if you live in Melbourne, be prepared to pay $14,250 on average to completely demolish a 1,500 square foot residential house. This equals the price of $9.5 per square foot to demolish a house.

Still, bear in mind that many various factors determine the total cost of a demolition project and that the cost lowers as the square footage rises.

What Is the Average Cost to Demolish a House?

On the low end, expect to pay at least $12,000 while very large jobs can cost upwards of $40,000. According to ServiceSeeking.com.au, the average cost of demolishing a house in Sydney in the last 12 months was $17,400, while the cost of demolishing a house in Melbourne was slightly lower at $16,200.

The cost of demolishing an entire house varies greatly according to site access and size of property which will dictate the size of the job.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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How Much Does It Cost to Demolish a House with Asbestos?

The cost to demolish a standard single-storey family house which contains unwanted asbestos is between $15,000 and $22,000 although it may be even higher.

When charged per square metre, asbestos removal costs from $25/m2 to $50/m2. So, to remove unwanted asbestos from a standard house, you’ll pay around $2,500. However, rates on a per-square-metre basis cannot be applied to eaves or fencing, so these are usually charged per linear metre.

It is expensive and time consuming work and the total cost to tear down a house with asbestos mainly depends on:

  • the amount of asbestos that needs to be removed,
  • where it is (walls, floors, roof, attic, ceiling, pipes etc.)
  • whether it’s damaged or not,
  • how easily it can be accessed,
  • how hard it is to remove,
  • travel and setup time, as well as
  • the other common demolition pricing factors.

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Since asbestos is hazardous and needs to be carefully handled, safely removed, and correctly disposed of, the costs of removing it are approximately three times higher than for removing any other building material – about $330 a tonne or 30 cents per kilo of asbestos to be removed.

Here are more detailed average cost estimates for asbestos removal.

How much does asbestos removal cost?
Type of work Average price
Removing asbestos roofs $3,500 – $5,500
Removing small roofing $80 – $110 per m2
Removing mid-size roofing $60 – $100 per m2
Removing large roofing $45 – $80 per m2
Removing eaves $1,500 – $2,500
Removing eaves $50 – $80 per metre
Removing external cladding $4,000 – $6,000
Removing external cladding $80 – $110 per m2
Removing internal cladding for 1 room $1,000 – $1,500
Removing internal cladding $70 – $110 per m2
Removing asbestos flooring $100 – $900
Removing vinyl flooring $100 per m2
Removing asbestos ceilings $40 – $100 per m2
Removing 1 sheet of asbestos fence $25 – $50
Removing asbestos fencing $90 – $160 per metre
Removing asbestos from soil $187 per tonne

Remember that it is legally required that your asbestos removal work must be done by licenced professionals.

Can You Legally Remove Asbestos Yourself?

According to Asbestos removal and safe handling information by Asbestoswise, a householder or ‘an unlicensed person may remove non-friable asbestos material if the area does not exceed 10m2 and the total time over which the removal is performed does not exceed one hour in any 7-day period’.

Still, our advice is to hire a knowledgeable expert for this job or at least to do your homework and learn about safe handling and proper disposing of asbestos by following the link above or another one about asbestos licences, health and safety risks and more by NSW Government.

As advised by Asbestos Awareness, ‘Don’t play renovation roulette! Get to know asbestos.’

Learn what asbestos is, why it is dangerous and what to do if you find asbestos while you’re renovating or demolishing your home.

How Much Does Kitchen Demolition Cost?

The average cost to hire a licenced professional to demolish a typical kitchen, including removal and disposing of your old cabinets, appliances, sink, and floor, ranges from $6,900 to $11,000 or more if you’re removing one or more walls.

For instance, the overall price for removing a kitchen cabinet may run from $24 to $97, with an average estimate of $50 per unit.

How Much Does Garage Demolition Cost?

For instance, to demolish a 7.5m x 9m detached garage for two cars (around 70m2), expect to pay between $2,000 and $5,200. Similarly, if your garage is smaller (30m2) but contains asbestos and a 10cm concrete slab, for example, to get it demolished expect the quote of $6,000.

The total cost may vary greatly between $4,100 and $12,500 depending on the scope of work, whether your garage is attached or detached, whether the project requires tearing down walls (and how many of them) , whether addressing any plumbing or electrical considerations is needed, and the like.

How Much Does It Cost to Tear Down a Barn?

The average cost of demolishing a barn is between $9,600 and $11,000 assuming you hire a professional to complete the job. At first sight, this project may seem quite simple, but the necessary equipment may cost you more than $4,000, whereas the labour cost to take the barn down may be lower, starting at $2,700.

Hourly rates may range from $30 to $140 per hour depending on the scope of work, accessibility and the other pricing factors mentioned below.

How Much Does It Cost to Knock Down a Wall?

The cost to take down a wall varies by state and depends on the type of wall and the project size, but it typically ranges from $6,900 to $11,000 for removing the wall and refinishing the surrounding walls, floor and ceiling.

For example, if you want to remove a non-load-bearing wall in a house with one or two storeys, expect the price from $1,600 to $4,000+, whereas taking down a load-bearing wall may go up to $4,500 to even $13,800 or more for multi-level houses.

The rates per square metre to take down an interior wall run around $1,350 to $1,500.

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How Much Is a Demolition Permit?

The cost of demolition permits is typically included in the total cost of your demolition service and the average price of a standard demolition permit is $350.

If you’re thinking of demolishing your house, some paperwork and planning approvals from your relevant council will be required depending on your location.

Generally speaking, before you get started with your project, here’s what’s necessary to provide to perform the demolition in accordance with your local regulations and apply for a demolition permit:

  • copies of your site plans, specifying the areas and materials that will be demolished
  • photos of the structure you want to demolish
  • a copy of your Title Certificate of Title for the land
  • your demolisher’s name, registration and insurance details
  • a copy of your public liability insurance policy
  • detailed plans for protection of the public and adjoining properties
  • a detailed description of the demolition process
  • a detailed description of the waste disposal procedure
  • details about any other demolition work (if it has been carried out recently)

Then, you’ll need to make sure there are no heritage restrictions on demolition or tree removal.

You may also need to obtain some other permits depending on your state, county or city regulations. This Demolition Application Checklist by Nicholson Wright (Victoria) may come in handy so that you don’t miss anything.

What Factors Determine Demolition Costs?

The cost of demolition jobs depends on various factors such as:

  1. Size of the building – Demolishing a ten-storey building is more expensive than knocking down a residential home, of course. There are also businesses that quote on a per-square-metre basis, so having a large property means higher costs.
  2. Type of debris – The demolition of a house made of concrete is pricier compared to that of a house made of wood. This is because taking down a building made of concrete or bricks takes longer and requires the use of heavy equipment (e.g. caterpillars or excavators).
  3. Presence of asbestos – Since asbestos is considered a health hazard, demolishing a property that contains asbestos (or other toxic elements, e.g. lead-based paint) requires special training and the use of safety equipment.
  4. Foundation removal – Tearing down walls is the easy part. If you want the foundations of a house or building demolished as well, additional charges may apply.
  5. Site accessibility – the more easily accessible your site is,the cheaper the demolition project will be. Also, the distance of the site from local waste facilities matters.

How Much Does Demolition Cost in Australia?

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Demolition services in New South Wales (Sydney) and Victoria (Melbourne) cost the same at about $75/hr. In Queensland (Brisbane), demolition businesses charge an average rate of around $88/hr. Meanwhile, residents in Western Australia (Perth) pay an average price of approximately $50/hr for a standard demolition job.

Demolition jobs require special permits and equipment and the services of licenced and experienced demolition experts who can make sure that the job is done safely. Search no more. Reliable demolition companies are just a click away from you.

Disclaimer: Our cost estimates are based on quotes for demolition services and are useful as a guide only.

Four factors that can affect demolition prices

The cost of demolition jobs depends on various factors such as:

  1. Size of the building – Of course, demolishing a ten-storey building is more expensive than knocking down a residential home. There are also businesses that quote on a per-square-metre basis, so having a large property means higher costs.
  2. Type of debris – The demolition of a house made of concrete is pricier compared to that of a house made of wood. This is because taking down a building made of concrete or bricks takes longer and requires the use of heavy equipment.
  3. Presence of asbestos – Because asbestos is considered a health hazard, demolishing a property that contains asbestos requires special training and the use of safety equipment.
  4. Foundation removal – Tearing down walls is the easy part. If you want the foundations of a house or building demolished as well, additional charges may apply.

 
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