Cost of Demolition Services

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The average cost of demolition services is approximately $75/hr. 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.

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.

Where do these prices come from?

All prices stated in this article are based on FY 2018 pricing data compiled by 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.

Cost to Demolish an Entire House

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. On the low end, expect to pay at least $12,000 while very large jobs can cost upwards of $40,000. According to, 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. 

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.
Cost of demolition services

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Cost of Demolition Jobs in Australia by State

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

Demolition jobs require special permits and equipment and the services of licensed and experienced demolition experts who can make sure that the job is done safely. You can find reliable demolition companies at


Pricing information correct as at August 2017.

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