How Much Does It Cost to Demolish a House? 

Sometimes the house that is already there isn’t right. It might be a bit run down, or it might simply not be what you want for yourself and your family. But whatever the reason is, it’s important that you understand what it takes to get that house cleared away so that you can start fresh. But how much does it cost to demolish a home? There’s a lot of attention paid to property values and the cost of building, but it isn’t often that you hear anyone talking about the cost of demolition. We’re here to set that one straight for you.

Demolishing a house tends to be a fairly involved process. It’s absolutely one that you want a qualified team on board for. But it’s a misconception to think that it’s always going to be expensive to do. Just as with any aspect of the building process, clarity is key. In this article, we’re going to unpack what it typically costs to demolish a house. But more than that, we’re also going to dive into what factors will typically influence the cost of knocking down an existing house and building your own!

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When the project is simple, the cost of tearing down an existing house will usually come in somewhere between $8,000 and $15,000. But it can vary much more widely than that. Prices for a demolition can vary as widely as $5,000 to $30,000 without getting too far outside what we would call a normal range. It all hinges on a couple key factors.

The cost of your demolition in particular will depend on factors. Things like the size of the house you want demolished, the materials the existing house is made up of, the access that the demolition team will have to the property, and other smaller details like proximity to a waste disposal point.


There are situations in which a demolition can become expensive. One of the most common is to do with the materials your home is made up of. Hazardous materials like asbestos, or fibre sheeting that has become infested with mould can be tricky to deal with safely. And your demolition team may need to enlist the assistance of a hazardous materials specialist to carry out the job.

Beyond materials, one of the more common causes for complication is access to the block itself. Once certain aspects of a house are stripped away, it’s usually larger machines that bear most of the work through. But if trees, shrubbery or landscaping make it tricky to get that machinery to the house, then time and effort is going to have to go into finding a way to make it happen.


Building a brand-new home is the dream for so many Australians. But beyond the personal value to be found in a knock down rebuild, there are plenty of situations in which demolishing an existing house is the smart financial call in the long run.

The first and most pressing reasons all come down to the condition of the house. What we’re talking about here are the sorts of things that you can glance over now – but may cost you a packet in the long run. Virtually any house can be improved aesthetically without a huge outlay, but there are deeper aspects of the home you will want to consider.

If the existing house has structural faults, a build-up of mould, or perhaps even the foundations or stumping are an issue – you will want to consider that these are issues that could catch up with you years after a remodel. Once you’re in, it can be a real inconvenience to take a step back and do anything about these issues, and they aren’t often easy to fix either.


Mincove Homes is where you’ll find an experienced team of new home building specialists that can guide you through the process of a knock down rebuild. We’ve helped clients all throughout NSW build the brand-new home they’ve always wanted, providing guidance and support at every step of the way.

When it comes to navigating the complexities of carrying out a demolition, handling estimates, acquiring approvals from your local council, and keeping everything on budget – we’re the team to turn to. You can reach out today by calling (02) 4256 0222 or lodging an enquiry via our online contact form.

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Mincove Homes Published on Aug 19, 2020 3 minute read

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