If you’re considering a major renovation to your old home, or undertaking a complete knockdown rebuild, you will want to consider any asbestos or asbestos contaminated area very carefully. While the legal handling and removal of asbestos does present significant extra costs to your project, any attempt to move or dispose of asbestos and asbestos contaminated materials illegally will see NSW dumpers hit with massively increased fines after changes recently made to NSW government laws.
For the uninitiated, demolishing a house can be a daunting task. There are countless factors that can effect the time and cost of your demolition job, lots of paper work to sign and then there’s the actual structural demolition!
A common misconception about the demolition industry, and by extension those that work in it, is that demolition contractors have little concern for the environment.
If your house was built between 1920 through to 1990 there’s a good chance it contains asbestos. While some houses, like the humble fibro shack, wear their asbestos loud and proud, other homes have been renovated to conceal any asbestos. A preliminary site inspection can help to determine if and where any asbestos is located.
Regardless of where the asbestos is located in your house, it is important that it is disposed of correctly. Unfortunately, this process is fairly time consuming as each element containing asbestos must be carefully removed, wrapped and then gently placed in a skip for proper disposal. Although tedious, there is no other way to safely remove unwanted asbestos (is there any other kind?). For this reason asbestos costs roughly three times the amount to remove as other building materials. The removed asbestos is then taken to a specialised site and disposed of. It costs roughly 30 cents to dispose of one kilo of asbestos (about $330 a tonne).
I get it, asbestos is expensive and time consuming to remove, but how much will it actually cost to demolish an asbestos clad home? Unfortunately, there is no straight forward figure as the presence of asbestos is just one of the many factors that can impact the price of a home demolition. Generally speaking, demolishing a one story family home containing asbestos will cost somewhere between $15,000 to $22,000; however, this number will vary greatly depending on other factors such as the material the house is made out of and the amount of asbestos present.
All quotes include the cost of an asbestos certificate, which is required by council and builders in order for new construction to commence on the site of your demolished home.
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