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Question DetailsAsked on 4/15/2016

How much would it cost to demo the second story off a house

If we wanted to make a 2 story house into a 1story house, would it be worth it?

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Certainly not "worth" it under any circumstances, because you would be paying probably on the order of $10-20,000 (or even more if larger house) to reduce the square footage of the house, so decreasing its resale value and possibly also making it undersized for the neighborhood, which can also seriously detract from its resale desireability.

There is also the significant risk of water damage while the roof is off and the demo is going on, because while a good contractor could do the entire job in probably about 3-7 work days depending on crew size, a poor one might leave your house open to the weather or under potentially leaky tarps for months - a lot of risk there.

I don't understand WHY you want to make it one story, but I would guess if you are committed to a one-story house (say for handicapped or elderly accessibility reasons) probably makes a lot more sense to sell that house and buy one that meets your needs, which if you were willing to cut your existing square footage by probably about half (not counting basement if any) might get you into a different home more suitable to your wants/needs without modification and get some cash out of the deal to boot, assuming you have significant equity in the house.

Before doing something like this I would talk to a realtor about value and cost of getting a new home instead - almost certain to make more economic sense.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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