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Question DetailsAsked on 7/6/2016

how much would the cost be to demo and remove 30 x 50 2 story houseboat

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Best bet may be to ask around at boatyard and marina for old boat dealers and salvage companies, assuming this is in or reasonably able to be put back in navigable water (and assuming it would not sink). Not an Angies List category for this.

If on land and far enough from the water that demo would not be putting debris in the water, then a Demolition company - same as you would use for a house demo, would be your normal vendor.

A lot of the cost depends on your area labor costs, demo debris disposal costs (which can run from as low as $25-100/truckload to as much as $500/ton depending on area), and especially if there is asbestos or lead paint on it (quite likely) and whether it is metal or wood hull. Steel obviously more expensive because has to be cut up significantly to transport to scrap yard - commonly they do not accept more than about 10-20 foot pieces anyway, and have to be less than about 8 feet wide for ready transport without wide load permit. Aluminum hull might or might not be more expensive - because the resale value of the aluminum (especially if not painted) might offset the cutting up cost, which is obviously less than with steel anyway.

Land demo - I would guess about $5-15,000 depending on area - just ballparking based on what a comparable house demo would cost. More if metal hull because generally it has to be paint-free (especially if lead paint) to be accepted, so if asbestos insulation inside and red-lead hull and white-lead interior or exterior paint on the body, oily interior hull surface, might run more into the twice that range, VERY rough ballpark.

Waterborne demo - might be as cheap at a boatyard equipped to handle the hazardous materials, to maybe a few thousand more for launching, towing, hauling out of the water at the boatyard.

Certainly get several bids - if you find someone who intends to rehab the boat (especially if metal hull in decent shape) you might be able to just give it away or sell it for $1 or such - just be sure to get bill of sale so if scrapping or partial demo debris (or the whole thing) ends up found dumped over some bluff or in some bayou or such you are not the one the Coast Guard or EPA or DEC or police are coming after. If demolished by Demo contractor be sure proper disposal of asbestos, oily waste, lead paint, etc is being done so that does not come back to bite you.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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