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Gary Yu, Home Buyer in Kirkland, WA

Hi, we are going to tear down our old house. Wonder if there are any organizations that are willing to do the

Asked by Gary Yu, Kirkland, WA Mon Apr 28, 2008

work for free or low cose in return for hauling away everything they tear down. Many thanks

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2 votes Thank Flag Link Fri May 23, 2008
I have used them as well and they are fantastic!
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Have you thought about offering the home for free to someone who might want to move it to another location? There is a growing market for moving homes, and special financing programs available for people who want to move a home to an existing piece of land. This way, the home you want gone is taken care of, and someone else gets a home for free.
2 votes Thank Flag Link Wed May 14, 2008
You should call Habitat for Humanity!!!! They will take "parts" of the home that are in good shape and provide you with a market value receipt that you can use as a tax right off. There are also organizations that will take wood, metal and glass and recycle it, again, you will not see any money for this but a nice tax right off. This is also the right thing to do!
2 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 29, 2008
I just acquired a colonial style house built back in 1840. The house sits atop huge 12x12x25' beams and has a ton of very old artifacts still inside. Being that the house was given to me, i would like to sell the vintage lumber to a company that can dispose of the 5 bedroom mansion. The wood, french doors, etc are worth tons of money. Can anyone direct me to a company that may be interested in purchasing the house for the materials and would be willing to remove it? Selling the materials for a reduced price and not having to do the demolition is my ultimate goal.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 24, 2012
Hello, any luck yet? Can you send pics of the house to dcar1@att.net. Thanks D
Flag Sat Jun 1, 2013
Hello, have you found anyone yet. Can you send pics to dcar1@att.net. Thanks D
Flag Sat Jun 1, 2013
I had a home torn down once and it cost the company a lot of money to dispose of the material. I could be wrong but I'm not sure if there's any money to be made in the old material.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Nov 30, 2010
Try calling Habitat for Humanity.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jul 21, 2008
I think the best way of dealing with your old home is to move it to an empty lot nearby which is a form of recycling and it creates low cost housing for others. You want to get along with your neighbors, right?

In my neighborhood of Phinney Ridge, the Seattle PI did a story about how someone was able to move a home scheduled to be torn down to their lot. The moving company is Nickels Brothers (no relation to the Mayor of Seattle.) They currently have 40 houses in their inventory so if you are looking for a property, it might be a good deal.
Web Reference: http://www.nickelbros.com/
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jul 21, 2008
If the writer comes back to this question, I'd love to know what you ended up doint with the house.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jul 16, 2008
Contact you local Fire Department....often times the will burn down a home for training purposes, several factors must come in to play. But might be worth checking in to.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon May 26, 2008
The cost to have this professional done is usually between 15 -20K I would call Fast Cats Excavating Bob Leenstra 253-261-1198. He is licensed bonded for removing - capping off your utitlities. This Contractor does demo work for McPherson and several of the other builders in our area. Reputable he will also let you know what ways you might save $$
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 29, 2008
Have you thought about offering your home to the local fire department for training purposes. This could allow you some tax credits for the donations, plus the removal of the structure
Web Reference: http://www.JimHildreth.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 28, 2008
How old is the house? If it's really old, you may be faced with lead, asbestos and other things that will require proper abatement before tearing down (read that as ... properly getting rid of any potentially hazard materials that could be dangerous to yourselves, your neighbors and the land). There may be some wood scraps that are recyclable but I doubt there would be enough recyclable materials that is worth anything to anyone to do the work for your for free and then pay to haul it away and then pay to dispose of the non-recyclable stuff. If there were organizations like this, I'm sure builders and developers would be using them in earnest, but I don't see them doing so ....so I'm gonna say there aren't any.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 28, 2008
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