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bigcaddy 06-05-2012 11:50 AM

Removing a home from a lot
I just picked up a very nice lot. 2 acres partially wooded and surrounded by farmers fields and quietness.

Problem is, there is a two story home on the lot that I want to remove. It was built in 1960 and hasn't been lived in for 15 years. there are holes in the floors and roof.

What are my options?

I have access to large roll off dumpsters and some heavy equipment.

My concern is permits for home removal. I don't want to draw a huge amount of attention so the Hazmat crew comes in charging tons for asbestos if there is any. the walls are drywall, the siding is aluminum. the pipes arent wrapped.

I'd like to do this on the cheap.

I've been told to contact the amish, (they don't want it)
Ive been told to contact my fire department (too many permits)

bigcaddy 06-05-2012 11:51 AM

Willie T 06-05-2012 12:07 PM

Too bad there are so many trees around it. That thing looks like it just might catch fire if someone was not careful....

bigcaddy 06-05-2012 12:09 PM

yep. I wish it was that easy. we aren't even allowed to burn in this township.

maybe I'll just have a small fire going.. 24x7 :)

cortell 06-05-2012 12:35 PM

Coming here for advice on how to possibly skirt proper asbestos removal and announcing you want to avoid permits, and posting pics of the home to boot...not terribly smart, IMO.

bigcaddy 06-05-2012 12:45 PM


I guess I'd end up getting the correct permits but I'm trying to avoid the bad news from the permit happy people. I normally go by the books but I guess I'm not looking forward to the $$$$ I'll end up shelling out.

TarheelTerp 06-05-2012 01:15 PM


Originally Posted by bigcaddy (Post 936857)
It was built in 1960 and hasn't been lived in for 15 years
What are my options?

1960? It looks a lot older than that.

On point... you need a demolition contractor.
Offhand I'd say somewhere in the $15000 range to give you a
complete job including grading the area afterward.

joed 06-05-2012 01:19 PM

Sometimes around here the local fire department will use a donated house for fire training and set it on fire and put it out several time before finally letting it burn up.

bigcaddy 06-05-2012 01:23 PM


There was a house built there in 1840. at some point it was torn down or burned. I was told that house was built in 1960. I'll have to check the deed.

$15k seems high. we got an estimate for $8k but I thought that was still very high.

the house is maybe 1300 Sq/ft. chop it up and drop it in a dumpster.

I'm gonna check into a demo permit today so I can get that covered.

spinfisher 06-12-2012 12:54 PM

MAybe you can sell the house and let that person relocate it!

bigcaddy 06-12-2012 01:30 PM

Well, I found out I don't need a permit to "Wreck" a house.

and I can start on it any time I want.

SO. we did.

bigcaddy 06-12-2012 01:31 PM

bigcaddy 06-12-2012 01:31 PM

bigcaddy 06-12-2012 01:33 PM

Anyone want two stories of Large Hand Hewn Logs?

I got another estimate today. $4,800.

Looks like I'm gonna demo it myself.

Dumpster is showing up on Friday.

drtbk4ever 06-12-2012 01:50 PM

Looks like fun, at least for the first 15 minutes or os. Personally, that $4800 doesn't seem unreasonable to me.

But I understand some of us have more time than money. Be sure to keep an eye out for potentially hazardous materials (lead, asbestos) and protect yourselves.

AND take plenty of photos to share with us.

P.S. Did you try out any of the preserves you found in the basement?

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