How to Estimate the Cost of Commercial Demolition

Knowing a few of these before employing demolition services can help you with getting an accurate quote you’re your local demolition company.

How to Estimate the Cost of Commercial Demolition

 

The average costs of a commercial demolition project are not reliable as commercial builds are all different from each other. Each project considers the size of the building, the location, the time needed to complete the project, and the safety of the workers during the project. All these factors play into the cost of a commercial demolition project and cause the prices to vary heavily from each other. An average cost would not be a reliable benchmarking for the cost of commercial demolition, so here are the factors needed to know how to estimate the cost of a commercial demolition. Knowing a few of these before employing demolition services can help you with getting an accurate quote you’re your local demolition company.

Know the Square Footage of the Structure

If you’re going to be estimating the cost of a commercial demolition on your building, then knowing the square footage can help give an accurate estimate. The average costs are unreliable because of this simple fact. Commercial buildings can range wildly in their square footage which leaves a large gap making the average unreliable, so measuring your commercial building helps to understand what you’ll be paying since demolition companies often charge their demolition services per square footage of the structure.

A good way to measure it is simply measuring the length and width of the building, then multiplying those two together to get the square footage of your structure. The average cost of demolition per square footage of a commercial building is $4 - $8 so this can give you a much more accurate estimate on your commercial demolition project than just looking at an overall average.

Location

Once you’ve measured the square footage of your building, you’re going to want to consider the location of your structure. Having a commercial demolition job takes place in an open field where there are no surrounding structures makes it a simple answer, but commercial buildings often have buildings surrounding them. This is a simple way to help estimate the price as you’ll be looking at the permits needed to commence a demolition job in an area where pedestrians may be. It’s about the safety of the public in this scenario, so looking up your local government's permit costs for a demolition job in a public area is a good way to know if you’re going to be having an additional charge.

Time Needed to Complete Project

Demolition companies need time to do their job and the location and size can change the time needed to do a job. This is a small thing to consider as most demolition companies base their demolition services price on the square footage of a commercial building. However, if your commercial building is in a location that will make the job more tedious, and will require extra time, then there may be a small additional charge. Mainly only costing the price of the permits necessary, so it’s easy to know how much that will cost when you look up your local government permits and regulations, but it’s still a factor that needs to be considered when estimating the cost of commercial demolition.

Safety

This is the primary point that is considered when you’re estimating the cost of a commercial demolition job. The safety and health concerns that may be brought on through a demolition job need to be considered. The demolition company hired can go through the process of acquiring permits for your needs, but if certain health and safety risks are to arise then it will cost you an additional price to deal with it.

An example is an asbestos screening and removal, or demolition on a building with asbestos. Asbestos is often found in older structures as it was a widely used material before the 21st century. It can be found in cement, floor files, pipes, insulation, and many other materials. Finding asbestos in a building can mean two things. Either removal of it by an expert before a demolition job starts, which would require other services and more spending, or the demolition of the structure while it contains asbestos.

The first scenario is a simpler one as it would require getting a professional to come in and remove the asbestos, then once the structure is cleared, the demolition company can come in to do their job.

The second scenario would require multiple permits and licenses by the demolition company through the local government. Working in an area with asbestos is extremely dangerous. There is a very good reason it is considered hazardous material and it’s because of its extreme health risks. Working in an environment like this is dangerous and if a demolition company is willing to provide their demolition services in this environment, then it’s because they have the proper PPE and follow regulations for working in this environment. This will not be a cheap add-on, however, as it requires the safety of the workers and the surrounding public, as well as extra equipment usage. Before you even begin to contact a demolition company for a job, get your structure screen for asbestos to save yourself a headache.

These were 4 quick ways that show you how to estimate the cost of commercial demolition. We recommend contacting your local demolition company after checking the square footage and safety of your building. From there they can provide you with a much more accurate quote than you could find online.