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The cost of demolition projects

By: Karine Dutemple

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The cost of demolition projects

By: Karine Dutemple

Price guideRenovation tipsThe cost of demolition projects

It might take years to find your dream home, especially as neighbourhoods continue to develop and are becoming overcrowded. Maybe you’ve found the perfect spot, but the house itself isn’t quite what you’d envisioned. Have you considered demolishing it? Demolishing whole homes or parts of its interior would allow you to take the land that you want and build upon it your dream home. Of course, these projects come at a what is it?

When it comes to different demolition projects, the cost to carry them out will vary widely. Ultimately, it will depend on factors such as where the building is located, the size of the home and land, the climate and so on. If you’re considering this project, it’s crucial to understand the costs involved so you understand the magnitude of such an endeavour.


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As mentioned in our introduction, the costs involved in demolishing a house or a part of a property can vary widely. Some points to consider when it comes to final costs are:

  • Permit costs;
  • Square footage;
  • Structural additions or number of storeys;
  • The materials used to build the home;
  • Waste management;
  • Debris removal;
  • Demolition workers or experts to carry out the project (labour costs).

On average, costs can range anywhere between $5,800 to $36,000. On the cheaper end of the scale are houses that are demolished in rural areas, versus those in densely populated cities and thus, with more risks involved. If you’re looking at a complete demolition with a basement and foundation included, costs will be tipping toward the higher end of the scale, no matter where your home is located. Most demolition projects will be charged per square foot.

This goes without saying, but costs will vary from one project to the next depending on the job at hand. Deck demo jobs aren't likely to cost as much as concrete, fireplace, or bathroom demolishing projects. 

The average cost can range anywhere from $7-$22 per sq. ft. Therefore, taking full measurements of the property can help you obtain a more accurate idea of what kind of budget you'll need (final costs), and the overall complexity of the project, including labour costs. Now that we have an idea of average costs, let’s look at some of the specifics that will definitely affect these square-foot costs.


Factors Affecting Demo Costs in Canada

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Permits and site preparation

In every single case of a home demo or partial demolition project, you're going to need to register for permits, and there's a cost associated with each permit. These permits factor in everything from noise pollution caused by the demolition process, safety precautions, potential exposure to dangerous materials as well as potential daily routine interruptions for your neighbours. Another factor to consider is that demolition regulations will need to comply with municipal building codes, and thus applying for permits is a black-and-white agreement made stating you'll abide by regulations.

If the demolition stage is part of a bigger project as a whole, such as a home remodel, usually the demolition permit will be included as part of the home remodelling permit. In most cities and towns, permit applications cost money. The price of this will be dependent on where you live and could range anywhere from $60 to $300. Do bear in mind that if you're going to be demolishing the foundation of the home, meaning cutting concrete or demolishing an actual structure, like a room, overall permit costs will likely increase or you may even need to apply for individual permits.

The first step, when it comes to site preparations, are factors such as gas, water, electricity and HVAC units. All plumbing and electricity will need to be addressed with extra care by professionals in each respective field. 

Especially so if you’re taking down an entire structure from floor to ceiling, everything will need to be turned off. Be certain that anyone working on-site has the proper protective and safety gear including boots, gloves, protective eye and headwear and so forth. If you're working with professionals to carry out this project, it’s paramount that they have the proper certification.

Another huge factor when it comes to the cost of a demolition project is working with hazardous materials. Especially in older homes, the presence of asbestos (or lead paint) is common and extra fees will be factored in if detected. Asbestos poses a threat to both the health of yourself and your loved ones as well as the environment, as it becomes airborne when handled.

For this reason, you’ll need to have it removed prior to demolishing your home. Depending on the city where your house is located, the rules and regulations for removal will be different. For more information regarding the correct way to dispose of asbestos, check out our article: All About Asbestos Removal.


Deconstruction vs Demolition

Deconstruction is another option that may be more financially feasible for certain homeowners. Although deconstruction and demolition are often used as one and the same, their processes are different. Here’s a little bit of information on both to distinguish them.

Demolition: Tearing down an entire structure or a piece of a structure. Leftover debris from a demolition project is treated as waste.

Deconstruction: A slow teardown process of a structure that is done in a way to deliberately preserve parts of it to be recycled or sold.

If you’re looking to get something finished tomorrow, your best bet is demolition. This process will actually be cheaper upfront and should take a day or two. On the other hand, deconstruction takes time; it could take up to weeks depending on the structure being knocked down. As it’s time-consuming, deconstruction can cost more money upfront.

However, this process is usually accompanied by tax breaks or benefits, and selling salvaged pieces can help you get some of your money back in the end. Not to mention, deconstruction is eco-friendly. If you’re looking for detailed information about deconstruction, we have an entire article on the subject.

Remember, it's always recommended to work with professionals on large-scale renovation projects. Demolitions require and involve many safety precautions, so consult with the right contractors and experts if you've decided to take on such a project.

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Not only is their knowledge exceptionally wide-ranging, but they take on many different roles. They may work with private or educational institutions, the government or on residential projects. Some examples of projects a horticulturist may take on: Research: A horticulturist may engage in plant-based research, with a specialization or focus. This type of horticulturist may conduct controlled experiments in specific environments in order to better understand the plants they’re focusing on. Landscaping: It’s common for a horticulturist to work as part of a team or contractors or a landscaping company to assist in the design and development of site-specific projects. As mentioned, they have the ability to cultivate flowers, trees, bushes, grass, and shrubs while advising you on the correct products to use when caring for them. They will also be well-versed in irrigation so that your plants remain alive and healthy. Since they understand the relationship between plants, they’ll be able to offer a well-rounded landscaping plan that could last a lifetime. Consultant: A horticulturist can serve as a consultant, and this can work to maximize the landscape that you’re working with. They will advise on details such as planting, growing and harvesting techniques. They can also help with managing insect or parasite infestations. Do these qualifications describe someone you’re looking for? If so, keep reading for some common prices when it comes to hiring a horticulturist! Looking for landscaping specialists to transform your backyard? Fill in our form to be connected with top-rated contractors! Common Costs Associated with Working with a Horticulturist source: unsplash Now if you’ve made the decision that you’re hiring a horticulturist, there are many factors that will play into budgeting for this project. The specifics will come down to how large of a space you’re working with as well as which services you’re hoping for. Hourly rate: $40- $150 If you’re working with a horticulturist who charges by the hour, you’re looking to pay between $40-$150 an hour, with anything over that being an extremely experienced or jack-of-all-trades horticulturist. Some will charge a flat rate for a consultation, while others will include the consultation, design plans and any revisions made all in the hourly rate. Make sure to check in with your horticulturist. Flat rate: $2,000- $10,000 It’s difficult for us to lay out a specific flat rate you may be looking at for this project. However, you can expect to pay an average of $5,400 for a medium-sized property. Again, the price will be dependent on the number of hours invested in the project as well as the services you’re looking for from the horticulturist. Do bear in mind that a flat rate may only include the consultation and the plans, and may not include them actually carrying out the work with you. Design plans: $200- $500 If you’re simply looking for blueprints or plans with detailed landscape designs and information about local plants, then you may be able to pay for these alone. In most cases, this will also involve a flat rate consultation fee on top of the projected costs. Why is working with a horticulturist important? source: unsplash The green space around your home is important. Many environmental concerns are addressed when working with a horticulturist. Planting and maintaining the trees, plants, flowers, grass, as well as the fruits and vegetables native to your region will help to balance the ecology of the area including combating certain weather concerns such as erratic rainfall and overheating cities. Not to mention, having the ability to grow and cultivate your own fresh fruits and vegetables has both a local and environmental impact. Being able to access locally grown fruits and vegetables mean that less food and plants will have to be freighted in and imported with high fuel costs. Further, running a small farm or garden impacts the accessibility to fresh produce within your community. Working with a horticulturist is a fertile investment with many long-term benefits. The costs upfront might seem high, but in the future, you will appreciate the expense.

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Karine Dutemple 25 Feb 2019

How Much Does an Outdoor Paint Renovation Project Cost?

Over time, our tastes change and our interests expand. It’s common for this to be reflected in and around your home. Many people will turn to a large-scale home renovation or even a quick DIY clean-up or project to breathe new life into the abode. A tried and true renovation that’ll update the appearance of your home and will add some serious curb appeal is an exterior painting project. This could mean giving your entire facade a new, bright coat or updating trims around doors and windows. Regardless, an exterior painting project is an excellent investment. This article will outline factors to consider before grabbing the brush as well as an outline of average costs. Outdoor Paint Projects: Average Costs Source: Canva Planning the budget for an exterior painting project is fairly straightforward. You’re going to want to calculate all exterior surfaces you plan to paint into square footage and this will help you determine the amount of primer or paint necessary to cover everything evenly. Additionally, the quality of the paint will be another factor in the overall cost, as higher-quality paints are going to require a bigger budget. Another note is to consider doors, trim around the facade, windows, and doors. You might choose to paint these another colour or they may require a different type of paint depending on the material they’re made from. Lastly, this is not a project for a novice and thus, you might want to work with professional or several others. Think about the cost of labour which will be affected by the number of stories your home has as well as how easily accessible all the exterior surfaces are. Here are some approximate outlines of average costs. Size of House Average Cost Small-sized house (1,000 square feet) DIY: $1,440 With labour: $2,760 Medium-sized house (3,500 square feet) DIY: $3,000 With labour: $4,800 Large-sized house (5000 + square feet) DIY: $4,800 With labour: $7,200 The average price of paint will range between $24 to $72 per gallon, and a single gallon will cover about 200 square feet. Do take into account tools you might need for this project including brushes, and tape to mark off the trim. As you’ve noticed above, working with contractors will generally double the cost of the job. But working with professionals will guarantee that it’ll be done correctly. Looking for professional painters? Fill in the form to be connected with top-rated contractors! Other factors to consider when painting outdoors Source: Canva There are several factors to consider when taking on an exterior painting project, and the first of those will be cleaning and prepping the surfaces for painting. Since we’re talking about the exterior, you’re likely going to need a heavy-duty cleaning method like a pressure washer. This step is essential, as a clean surface will guarantee that paint can be applied evenly and this will increase longevity. If you’re working with professionals, they may have this step covered but make sure to check with them. Otherwise, you might need to rent a pressure washer, so do take this into account when drawing up a budget. The climate in your area will also have an impact on your exterior painting project. If you’re living in a particularly warm or humid part of the country, then you need to take extra precautions during the painting process. This could include choosing specialty paint or working with a finish that’ll help keep optimal paint quality. Lastly, if you find any damage around your home including replacing rotting wood or filling in gaps, you’re going to need to repair this before any painting can be done. Depending on the level of damage, this could be a quick fix or a full-on repair. Again, consider this when planning a budget for your exterior painting project. What type of paint should be used for outdoor surfaces? Source: Unsplash Choosing the right paint for your exterior project will come down to many different factors. One of the most important particulars when deciding on paint is the time it will take to finish curing. For exterior painting, there are two main types to choose from and these are latex (water-based) and oil-based. Although latex paint will dry in a day or two, it can take up to 30 days to be fully cured. Oil-based paint will initially take a little bit more time to dry but will cure much quicker after just a few days. For the most part, the type of paint you end up choosing will come down to the material that you’re painting. For example, if the exterior of your home is mostly metal, you’ll want to avoid using water-based paint. Latex paints are best left for plaster, drywall, siding, stucco, wood, aluminum and cement. A note is that some may argue latex paints should not be used on wood, as the drying process can swell the wood. Weather is another deciding factor when determining when to paint and what to paint with. This is where we’ll need to consider the curing time. Paint is considered to be fully cured when the residual solvents have evaporated. If you live in a particularly humid climate, you’re going to need to avoid painting during rainy or very hot seasons, as this weather can damage freshly-applied paint and affect the time it will take to cure. However, since liquid evaporates faster when temperatures are higher, choose a time of year when the weather is warm and don’t take this project on in the middle of winter. Before you start painting, we suggest that you check out this article: House Painting Projects: What are the Ideal Conditions

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