Demolition is often the ‘go to’ for house removal when a site needs to be cleared for future development. This may be considered the easiest or only option for many house owners who are not aware of alternatives such as house relocation.

Demolition is a costly option in more ways than one and has long term consequences that some do not consider. These include:

Environmental Impacts

There is a shift in our communities towards reducing, re-using and recycling, and most people find it easy to make small changes in their day to day lives to minimise use of plastics and other non-recyclable materials. This conscious approach needs to be considered when demolishing a house, where 20-25 tonnes of debris can be created and dumped into landfill each time. At least a couple of tonnes of this material could be recycled, or in the case of Relocating a house salvaging the entire thing!

Economic Impacts

House demolition isn’t only bad for our environment, it is also a waste of money. A demolition will put you out of pocket by thousands. This is money that could be better spent on your next housing project, your kids’ education or an emergency family fund. In many cases, relocation won’t only save you the demolition cost. It will increase your existing budget.

Social Impacts

The housing shortage in New Zealand continues to be a hot topic. Every house that is demolished makes space for a new house – meaning we are replacing 1 house with another. By relocating the house to a new site, we are increasing our housing stock.
It is often much more affordable to buy a relocatable home, have it shifted and complete some renovation work than buying or building a new home. This opens the possibility of home ownership to a lot more people, and we firmly believe more families owning their own home creates better families, better communities and better futures.

Emotional Impacts

Many home owners look back fondly on memories created within their homes and the house itself is a big part of this memory. Because of this, demolishing a house can be a heart-breaking experience for some. By relocating a house you are giving another family the opportunity to create their own story and memories – without feeling like you have lost yours.

All this being considered – not all houses can or should be relocated and as a result some need to be demolished. Where possible, we use partners to de-construct the houses to help save materials from landfill.

If you are interested in selling your house for relocation, fill out our Free Appraisal form and one of our team will be in touch.

If you’d like a demolition quote, fill out our Contact Us form and we can connect you with one of our preferred suppliers.

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