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Question DetailsAsked on 10/19/2016

i need someone to remove an old 1896 home for the lumber in it. it has old beautiful wood work and red oak floors.

this is a 8 room house on 2 floors all wood work has never been painted. the floors are all red oak. outer section of the floor has paint. front door has an oval glass.

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Not an Angies List category - google or ask around at lumberyards and specialty wood distributors for Reclaimed Wood and recycled/refurbished Door and Window and hardware companies in your area. Some historic restoration contractors also do this sort of stripping foranitques and such.

Possible bad news for you - unless the floors are 1" or thicker wood, might not be worth the $ to take them up - red oak is a pretty "low grade" wood these days - cheap and plentiful. White oak is more desireable, and black or post oak more so, as are some other hardwoods and old-growth heart pine - but I would not get my hopes up too much on the red oak being worth a lot.

I seriously doubt you will get any company to remove the house for free for the fixtures and wood - generally that type company does not do demolition work - might typically pay you 10-20% of what the demolition cost will ultimately be after they strip what they want out of it. I think I have only heard of one home (and a few barns) where the eclamation contractor did the entire framed structure demolition for free to get the materials - and that was a Historic Register 1700's building in near-original condition that was in danger due to land movement so could not be saved.

And don't forget that things like gingerboard trim, large exposed roof beams or roof T&G boards, cast plaster crown moldings, door and cabinetry hardware, old fixtures like tubs and ice boxes and sinks and toilets, bathroom and kitchen faucets and fixtures, fireplaces and mantles, etc may well bring more than the framing and flooring parts - try to get several restoration hardware and reclaimed door and window and wood type companies (mostly located in larger cities only) to give you bids for taking what they want - and if they are after framing you will have to work out a demolition contract that accomodates that - or require that they team up with a demolition contractor who contracts with you taking into account the reclaimed values, and the reclaiming guys work hand-in-hand with the demolition contractor for pulling out the usable stuff.

And in the contract make clear whether the house hasd to be taken down to the foundation, or if the foundation comes out too, and if the hole gets filled in or gets left open because you are putting another building there.

Obviously, getting qualified reclamation companies to bid on it can take time - if you are in a hurry, don't count on getting anywhere near the top price.

Obviously, check to make sure this is not covered by any historic property or historic district restrictions before moving ahead with the reclamation/demolition.

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