8 Factors to Consider Before You Tear Down a House

Even the most well-built buildings will eventually fall victim to wear and tear. When this happens, you are left with the decision to undergo a renovation project or a demolition project.

Both renovations and demolitions come with their own pros and cons, so it is not an easy decision either way. However, there are some factors to keep in mind before you decide to undergo a teardown of your house:

Long-Term Goals

Before you demo your home, you need to consider what your long-term goals are because demolition is not a quick and easy project. Once it starts, you are in it for the long haul. Do you want to maintain your home? Update it? Completely change it? You need to know.


It is smart to take your current location and space into consideration with your goals. If you think you need more space than you have, it may be a better idea to buy a new home that matches your goals rather than start a demolition project on your existing home.

Full Demo?

Do you require a full demolition to achieve your goals, or would a remodel be able to achieve what you are looking for?

Historic Value

A major thing you need to consider is if your home is built in what is considered a historic district. If your home has some historic significance, there may be limitations to what you are actually able to do when it comes to a remodel, let alone a full demolition of the property.

Local Permits

As well as considering what you can do based on your home’s historic value, you will also want to look into what kind of permits you will need in order to do a full demolition. Undergoing a project like a demolition without the proper permits can add a lot of hassle to your project.

Signs To Tear It Down

If your house no longer holds up to the standard of your neighborhood, you lack square footage, it is not energy efficient, the kitchen and bathrooms are outdated, and there are some significant safety concerns, it might be ready to be torn down.

Finding The Right Demo Team

Part of deciding whether you demolish your home should include finding a demolition contractor who can help you make sure your project is done safely, on-time and on-budget.

Demo Cost

Not all demolition projects are created equal. You should make sure you get a few quotes so you know how much a full demolition will cost you compared to doing a remodel or buying a new home that has all of the elements you are looking for.

This post was written by Tanner Brown. Tanner is the Owner and operator of Greenbar Excavation. Greenbar Excavation is a fully licensed, insured, and accredited Excavation company based in Prineville Oregon. Greenbar Excavation is one of the top Landscape Prep companies in Central Oregon. Don’t look further, go with the company with your best interest in mind!