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Our team is efficient and extensively trained to provide a quick and professional service. We are heavily safety conscious and have rules and regulation regarding safety, we maintain and train our teams standards to make the process as safe as possible. The machinery we use is of the highest standard, and is regularly maintained and upgraded to ensure we stay up to speed with the industry’s latest developments, procedures and equipment. We have a modern fleets of Van Tipper, HGV Tippers, Grab Tippers, and Excavators.

Estimated Costs

The cost of demolishing a house ranges from £6,000-£8,000 for a small 80-120m2 detached property, up to £12,000-£15,000 for a more substantial property of 200-250m2. But costs will be mitigated if there are any materials with salvage value. We will list the value of any salvage items and offset this against the quote for demolition work and the site clearance.

Existing service connections to electricity, mains water and sewerage, and connection to the highway can usually be reused, which can represent a substantial saving compared to developing a virgin plot.

A large part of the cost of demolition is landfill and haulage, costs can be reduced if there is scope to reuse or dispose of non-toxic waste on site — such as clean hardcore for drives, paths, terraces and soakaways.

The time taken for demolition work depends on scale and complexity but will typically take four to eight days. If the building is a semi or terraced house, the adjoining buildings will require support following demolition, adding to the cost.

If there is specialist work required, such as removing asbestos (often found in the form of cladding, roofing and rainwater goods) this can complicate the process and increase the final costs. There are strict rules on the removal and handling of asbestos, and it can be best to get a report and quote from a specialist contractor.

Demolition Method

The following order of works is typical for demolishing a house:

  • Cut off and cap all services such as main water and sewer connection, electricity, gas and telephone.

  • Erect site fencing and protect the site; erect scaffold if required.

  • Hazardous material (i.e. asbestos) removed under licence or by specialists if necessary.

  • Soft strip all loose items, kitchen, sanitaryware, and remove all cabling, lighting, plumbing, radiators etc.

  • Remove all doors, windows frames, linings, internal/external timber mouldings etc.

  • Strip roof and lead flashings.

  • Remove structural timbers, joists and trusses.

  • Demolish walls, salvaging bricks for example. Unwanted materials can be removed for crushing.

  • Break up remainder and grub up foundations and redundant drains.

Planning Permission

Planning permission is not normally required for demolition work as it is classed as Permitted Development (PD). PD rights can, however, be removed or restricted, in whole or in part, by the local authority using an Article 4 Direction (often used on listed buildings or in Conservation Areas) or an Article 3 Restriction (added as a condition of a planning approval for other works). In these instances, planning permission for demolition will be required. You’ll also need specific permission if the building is listed, or in a Conservation Area.

0% VAT

A new house will only qualify for 0% VAT providing it does not make use of any part of any existing dwelling with the following exceptions:

  • A cellar or basement (must be demolished to the top of basement/cellar walls);

  • Retained party walls shared with neighbouring properties (e.g. terrace, semi);

  • A retained façade required by listing or Conservation Area status;

  • The creation of a new, additional dwelling by the addition of another storey/extension or change of use (conversion);

  • Detached garages or outbuildings can be retained;

  • Demolition work can be zero rated for VAT if undertaken in order to facilitate the construction of a new dwelling.

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