DEMOLITION PRICE, PROCEDURE AND PLAN
This is a description of the top of a house being demolished. The foundation stays, the floor cap stays – everything from there on out disappears, gets loaded in dumpsters. We’re gonna walk you through this process, we’re gonna break it down for you and teach you how you can do something similar like this in your own company.
To take the top off the house really isn’t that difficult. It may sound complicated but it’s not. What you do have to have is access all the way around it because you can’t technically drive through the house. Normally when we demolish a house, we drive right through the middle of ‘em, no big deal.
TO REMOVE A HOUSE, YOU CAN USE A SKID LOADER, EXCAVATOR OR EVEN BY HAND.
But when we gotta save the basement, we gotta save the floor cap, we can’t do that. So you’ve gotta be able to get all the way around it. In this case, we have limited access but we have enough access that we can get an excavator with a thumb – that’s what we’re gonna use this time – and not a big excavator, just a medium-sized machine. We’re just gonna reach in and grab parts of the house, pick it up like you’re playing one of those machines where you get the candy out of ‘em or get the stuffed animals out of ‘em, you drop it over into the dumpster drop it off, literally that’s as easy as it is. So in a proposal like this, we break it down into how many hours we think we’re gonna to be here.
30 HOURS LABOUR PLUS 10 HOURS TRAVELLING AROUND
The dumpsters in this case, we will calculate how many dumpsters are needed and multiply that by how many hours – that’s gonna be the basis for our proposal on this project.
Now we come to the back of the house and it’s been obvious that this house was on fire and they’re doing a fire restoration claim, but you can see, we’ve got a big yard to work in. So our excavator can nicely saddle right up to this foundation of the house, cave everything in, swoop around to the front of the house, pick everything up and gently set it in the dumpsters. The foundation will stay intact, the main floor cap will stay intact. We’ve done these in the past where we’ve actually had people live in the basement while we’re removing the house above ‘em. Of course, we ask them to vacate the premises while the house is actually coming down but all of their worldly possessions are safe and secure in the basement while everything above it comes tumbling on down.
So the way we’re gonna bid that job is we know it’s gonna take about three days with an excavator with a thumb to grab that house, pick it up and throw it in the dumpsters. Typical house would be two to maybe three 40 yard dumpsters, we know the cost of those dumpsters multiplied 3 by the cost of whatever you can get your dumpsters for. We know it’s gonna take about three days max to take that house down so calculate 24 hours by whatever rate of pay you want to get for the machine you’re gonna use. Now, if you’re using a smaller machine, it might take you a little longer, and you’ll have a lesser rate of pay. If you’re using a bigger machine, you may get through it quicker.
WE ESTIMATED A TOTAL OF 40 HOURS AND HIT WITHIN 5%. CALCULATING HOURS IS TRICK AND BASED ON EXPERIENCE.
Now in this case, we estimate a little bit on the high side for times simply because we’ve gotta secure the lower level, we can’t have any issues with that. So we’d like to make sure that we have enough time put into the proposal to cover our own selves.
SAFER ALTERNATIVE IS TO USE A FORMULA BASED ON A PROVEN PRICE PER SQUARE FOOT.
The other part of the proposal which is a smaller portion of it is the mobilization fee. It costs money to get an excavator up to the site and back. So we’ll add an allowance in – in this case, it’s about $250 is what we usually put into the proposal for moving a piece of equipment to and from a site. So the total proposal will be one mobilization fee, 24 hours times a rate of pay that you want to get for whatever equipment you’re using and the cost of three dumpsters.
24 HOURS WAS CHANGED TO 40 HOURS.
There’s your proposal.
Break it down, put it together, send it off to the customer. That’s how we’re gonna do this job. Hope that helps!