How We Estimate the Cost of Demolition

The quoting and estimating phase is one of the most important components of a demolition project. If this phase is done improperly, projects will run over time and over budget. Looking at a standing structure and figuring out how much it will cost to bring it down and haul off all the debris takes a trained eye and a lot of know-how.


The first, and somewhat obvious, step is to simply measure the size of the building. A bigger building will require more resources and have more material that needs to be hauled off, thus the more expensive it will be. Some materials are easier to work with than others, so we also take the type of materials the structure is made from into account.


From time to time, a project might have contaminates that need to be considered. This could be asbestos, lead paint, chemical tanks, or a few others. When this happens, we do further investigation to see what the law requires us to do and what the safest approach will be.


Once we determine the size and scope of the structure we can crunch the numbers for how much manpower we’ll need. To do this we need to determine the number of employees we need and how long each employee will be working on this project. Another cost of manpower is wear and tear on the equipment used.


One of the biggest expenses involved in demolition is dealing with the debris after the structure has been torn down. We need to estimate how many truckloads it will take to haul everything away and how much these loads will weigh. Different recycling and disposal processes each come with their own associated cost, so what happens to the debris is also a factor in the total price tag.

These factors and a few others all go into a demolition bid. If you’re in need of a demolition bid, call DT Specialized.