Costs of demolishing a house

by Chris Lang on March 23, 2008

Before I started looking into demolishing a house, I didn’t realize all the costs that were involved. The only information I could find online was this article in that explains in general about house demolition.

It was quite a shock to find out about all of the things involved. I was expecting to pay for an excavator to do the demolishing and for a truck to remove the rubbish, but not all of the other stuff – permits, insurances, safety barriers, traffic control, etc. It gets more expensive if the house contains asbestos or if the foundations of the house are massive concrete slab. Apparently demolition requires an approval (which naturally comes with a fee) and a council permit (another fee).

Overall, you can expect to pay anything between 5,000 and 10,000$.

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Guy Drake January 18, 2010 at 2:50 pm

The majority of demolition costs can be saved if you sell the house for removal. Go to to find out more about selling a house for removal and save thousands.


YALDA ADAMS March 31, 2010 at 9:36 am

I have a fibro house at Caringbah to be removed or demolished .
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kimari February 18, 2011 at 8:38 pm

Wow. that sort of thing never occured to me, i guess i walways thought that it was just the bricks and mortar you worried about when demolishing a house. Good article.



Ailsa Forshaw March 19, 2011 at 6:45 pm

Hi! This is a little like my site, only Australian! lol! I’m in California, right now, but on my way back to Canada, this summer (just put my house on the market, today), and have built homes in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.. the last house is featured on my main site. We should link sites, for sure — my Readers would get a kick out of your blog 🙂 My new blog,is

My sister is in the middle of a tear-down/rebuild, and they just found out about the asbestos in their house about to be torn down. I’d like to write about this on my blog and site, so I’m researching the details, now… it seems like there would be a definitive method of pulling down the house in an environmentally safe way, without a ridiculous cost involved… hope to see you at my site, too! Ailsa


Asbestos Removal Perth September 27, 2011 at 5:33 pm

Just removing the asbestos from a four bedroom house will cost 5k+. To do it safely and legally.


Perth Demolition October 16, 2011 at 1:20 am

Choosing a comapany that practices recycling and salvaging of materials is enviornmentally friendly and should cost you less.


F June 24, 2013 at 9:58 pm

So, if I was to get quote to demolish a 2 bedroom house with asbestos in Melbourne I would be looking at around 15k correct?


Giovana Correia May 23, 2015 at 7:37 am

Thanks for enlightening us on the costs we might not know about for demolishing a home. I never knew there were so many costs myself. It’s good to know ball park figures on what it costs to bulldoze your home.


Expert House Demolition February 3, 2017 at 11:30 am

Yeah demolition is quite costly but not as costly when you try doing it yourself bits by bits. Hiring a company to do the demolition is the best option since they’re the experts and knows what to do in every process. They will secure the permit for you, disconnect services, remove asbestos (if any), clear out the waste. Plus it saves you time and away from accidents. 🙂


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