dEMOLITION

Frequently asked questions

Most buildings eventually need to be taken down, either to erect different structures in their place or because they’ve become dilapidated. Building demolition specialists help Massachusetts residents and businesses safely take down old buildings.

In addition to physically taking down buildings, demolition crews normally also dispose of the building materials in a legal and responsible manner. Some crews also offer cleanouts, removing the contents of buildings without doing anything to the structure itself.

While property owners might take down a fence or similarly simple structure themselves, a professional crew should be hired for larger or more complex projects.

There are a number of risks that come with taking down structures, and sometimes hazards aren’t evident until mid-project. A few of the inherent risks include:

Mold
Asbestos
Lead
Unsafe structures
Electrical wires

A professional crew will know how to cautiously proceed in case of any hidden dangers, and they’ll know how to deal with these and other risks that may arise.

Professional demolitions crews are able to take down many different residential and commercial structures. Structures range in size from the small home gazebo to the large multi-story mixed-use commercial building.

Homeowners frequently hire crews to take down:

Specific rooms (e.g. a kitchen or bathroom)
Entire homes and second houses
Chimneys and fireplaces
Concrete patios and decks
Gazebos and detached garages
Docks and boathouses
Barns and sheds

Some commercial structures that crews often take down are:

Office buildings
Industrial complexes
Parking garages
Schools
Stores

Because taking down an old or dilapidated structure can be hazardous, any Massachusetts residents or businesses who plan on demolishing a building or other structure should contact a demolition crew. Not outsourcing the work to trained professionals can result in serious accidents.

Not all professional demolition crews are certified to handle hazardous harmful materials, such as asbestos, lead or mold. Property owners who know or suspect that their structure has one or more of these hazards should specifically seek out a crew that’s certified to remove the materials. A certified crew will know how to approach the demolition in a responsible manner and how to dispose of the materials properly.

he costs of demolition jobs vary considerably. They’re typically based on the type of work required and how long the work is expected to take. Any disposal fees associated with getting rid of materials or contents are also usually factored in.

Despite the variance, many residents and business owners are surprised at how affordable hiring a professional crew is. The total cost frequently pales in comparison to how much building a structure costs.

Demolition costs may be tax-deductible in some cases.

Homeowners generally can’t take a direct tax-deduction for work associated with a remodel. They might be able to take advantage of two indirect tax benefits, though. First, any interest paid home equity loan that’s used for demolition and remodeling work may be tax-deductive. Second, expenses paid to a crew may increase the cost basis for a home and thereby, reduce the homeowner’s tax burden when they sell their house.

Businesses can frequently write off the cost of taking down structures as a business expense, so long as only business property (and not personal property) was taken down. This typically applies to landlords who run rental businesses, as well as most other businesses.

(Because tax laws change and need to be applied to each situation, residents and business owners should consult with a qualified tax professional before taking any deductions. These are only general guidelines, and there might be exceptions.)

If you have a structure in Massachusetts that must come down, contact the demolition professionals at Rosado Environmental. We offer a full array of services, and our crew has taken down many residential and commercial buildings. We’d be happy to dismantle and dispose of your structure.
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