Making A Demolition Budget: 4 Factors To Keep In Mind When Estimating A Demolition Project

Are you trying to figure out your demolition budget? The cost of demos can vary widely. It can be hard to get an accurate estimate, so understanding what constitutes the cost of a demolition can help you get a general idea of what the project is going to cost. Here are some factors that may contribute to the price of a demo project:

The Cost of Permits and Fees

Before a demolition job can begin, fees have to be paid and permits have to be obtained. The city in which the demo is to be done will facilitate the licenses you will need to move forward. The amount of the fees will vary from city to county to state. 

The Removal of Certain Materials

While some materials can be loaded onto a truck and taken away, other debris will need some extra attention. Hazardous materials have to be cleared by the government before they can be removed and will require special materials to do so. In addition, you will have to find a place to deposit the material and pay any fees that are associated with it. Traditional landfills will not accept anything of a hazardous nature.

Concrete is another material that is associated with additional removal costs. The amount of concrete in many structures is so massive that special equipment may need to be brought in to break it down. The concrete is crushed into powder or in smaller pieces and removed. The use of the special concrete crushing equipment along with the operator fees can add to the final cost of a demolition.

The Salvage Return on Materials

While the other items are things that will cost you, you may be able to get a return if some of the material in your demo can be salvaged and recycled. Some demolition contractors will offer a reimbursement or a discount in the total of the value of anything that can be salvaged. Things like metal, wiring and other recyclable material can help bring your costs down considerably.

You may have some additional options on your demo if you are willing to do some of the work yourself. You can save on the removal of debris or leaving the site as is instead of having it flattened out for a new structure. To find out which options would be the best, call several demolition contractors, like Syracuse Haulers Waste Removal, to see what services are provided.