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How to Tear Down a House

By October 29, 2007

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It costs less than you may think to tear down a house.

While it's often sad to witness the demise of a long-standing structure, sometimes a tear down is the only solution that makes sense. So, how do you determine whether a home has outlived its useful life and is a candidate for demolition? Savvy home buyers follow a three-step process:

Your first step is to check with city planners to find out if the home qualifies because not every structure can be legally removed, especially those entrenched in historical urban neighborhoods. Second, get bids from three to five licensed contractors. When I wanted to tear down my old 10 x 12 storage shed, for example, the bids I received stretched from a reasonable number to ten times as much. The third step . . . read more about tear downs.

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At the time of writing, Elizabeth Weintraub, DRE # 00697006, is a Broker-Associate at Lyon Real Estate in Sacramento, California.


October 29, 2007 at 12:00 pm
(1) Scottsdale az real estate says:

Great article, it’s an interesting look at a different side of the industry.

October 30, 2007 at 2:20 pm
(2) Atlanta New Home says:

Good article.

Takes a different look of things because we never really think about what we are tearing down and only consider the benefits after it is gone.

October 30, 2007 at 3:10 pm
(3) Metrowest MA Real Estate says:

Some very good advice. One of things that should really be considered is lot the lot value to end result value. It would not be too smart to invest in a tear down and have a final investment of $800k if the neighorhood only supports home sales in the $600k range. Sometimes people get too caught up in finding a lot to build on and lose sight of what makes good economic sense.

December 22, 2011 at 2:51 pm
(4) Hopkinton MA Realtor says:

One of the thing you have to be aware of hear in Massachusetts in any area that has gas is to make sure you call dig safe. There have been times when people have gone ahead with demolition work and it has been disastrous.

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