Structure and House Demolition in Maryland

June 16, 2022

Are you considering whether you should demolish a house or other structures on your property? Older estates and homes are often left with deteriorating buildings that can be an eye sore but most worrisome a safety hazard. 

Whether it’s to rebuild the property or to remove old and deteriorating structures such as barns and sheds, you will need demolition services.

At Sanford and Son, we are demolition and cleanout specialists. If you’re looking for an estimate to clean out, clean up or demolition an estate or residential property in the Maryland area then give us a call.


Structural Demolition and Hauling Services

demolishing a building then hauling away the construction debris

When demolishing an old home or structures on a residential property, it’s important that the demolition company has both demolition and hauling services. The last thing you want is to have a pile of construction debris and no way to remove it from your property. So, when looking into services make sure they include the following:

  • removal of all concrete and asphalt

  • disposal of the debris

  • filling in the excavation hole

  • grading the site

Some clients appreciate the fact that we are also a cleanout company. So, instead of simply tearing down the structure, we go in and clean it out first. This allows us to recycle materials and items that can be recycled. We can also remove furniture such as grandma’s old antique armoire for you. 

Of course, this is dependent on the state of the structure. Sometimes a house is too dilapidated to safely enter and it simply needs to be torn down.


Demolition Options

If you are worried about demolition being an all-or-nothing deal, don’t worry, you have options. There are actually a few demolition options to choose from depending on what you need done around the property.


Full Demolition / Tear Down

The most straightforward demolition option is a tear down or full demolition. If you want a structure tore down from top to bottom then this is the option for you.


Partial demolition 

In rare cases, a homeowner will want a partial demolition. This is an option for those who want to remove a room, wall or some other part of the house while leaving the rest of the structure in tact. These are usually done when the owner wants to renovate, add on to the home or they need to remove part of the structure because of damages such as defective plumbing.



When a structure has quality building materials or the owner wants a more “green” approach to demolition then they may consider deconstruction. Instead of tearing a structure down, deconstruction allows for the removal and separation of materials in such a way that they can be recycled or reused.


Interior demolition / Gutting the house

Some houses are structurally sound but require major renovations. This is a slightly more economical option for property owners who want to renovate the home opposed to tearing it down and rebuilding it.


House demolition costs in Maryland

The most common question for individuals to ask when considering demolition is how much does it cost?

In Maryland, the average cost of demolishing a house is around $10,000 - $15,000. However, that’s just an average. The actual cost depends on a number of factors.

Costs associated with demolition include:

  • Square footage of the house

  • Type of demolition services

  • Permits and licenses needed

  • Environmental disposal costs

The biggest impact to demolition costs in Maryland is the square footage of the home/structure. The bigger the building the more it will cost to demolish. Of course, every factor will impact the costs in some manner.

The best way to know how much it will cost to demolish a house is by calling and receiving an estimate. This way you’ll know first-hand exactly what the job will entail, the timeline, and have an accurate view of the cost.


Working with a demolition contractor/company in Maryland

Your overall experience and cost will depend on who you hire for the job. No matter where you are, you will have a choice of many options when it comes to demolition services. But, no two demolition companies or contractors are the same. 

There are several factors to consider when choosing which demolition company to work with. 

  • Are they Licensed and insured

  • Is the company experienced

  • What are the costs of their services

  • Are they understanding of your needs

The most important thing you want in a demolition contractor is someone who is experienced and can do the job appropriately. However, you will also benefit from someone who is understanding of your situation especially if this was an old family home. 

We specialize in estate cleanouts and demolition. We’ve been providing these services for over 25 years. If you’re in the Maryland area and looking for help demolishing or cleaning out a house, then give us a call.