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Demolition is a messy business that needs to be done by skilled tradesmen. It involves more than just smashing into in the framing and walls with a sledgehammer. Of course that's part of it. But, it needs to be done in a safe way to prevent injury and that takes knowledge of infrastructure and process.
The average cost for residential demolition is $5 to $15 per square foot. For an average room that is 15X15 the cost will fall somewhere between $1,125 and $3,375. This is a rough estimate. It is difficult to pinpoint an exact cost for this service because each property is different and can present its own set of unique challenges depending on the age of the property.
If you need asbestos removal to accompany normal demolition that will cost an extra $3 to $5 per square foot. Asbestos removal requires your demolition company to take extra care in disposing of waste. It also requires them to send their employees through an asbestos certification class.
Removal of demolished property is usually part of the service of demolition. That is a major expense, too. Anyone who has ever rented a dumpster knows that it costs quite a bit of money. Most times, the demolition company will provide a dumpster and haul it away for you. This will be included into the bid for the project. If you want to rent your own dumpster to have on site it will cost $450 to $1,200 per week, depending on the size of the dumpster and the length of time that you need it.