We’ve all seen stunning properties hindered by the eye sore of an old barn, whether out of date, a safety hazard, or a structure that is hardly standing, having a barn demolished generally isn’t a cheap task which is one of the main reasons why so many properties have nonfunctional barns still sitting on the property. Luckily if you’re willing to put in a little extra effort, you may be able to recoup some of the demolition costs associated with the demolition of the unwanted structure.
First and foremost, before trying to dismantle any part of your barn, make sure that you are able to do so safely. The main thing that you’ll want to look for when it comes to dismantling your barn is old-growth barn timbers. Now more than ever, with lumber prices skyrocketing, much of the materials your barn was originally built with can often be salvaged and either sold or used in a reclaimed wood project and then either enjoyed within your home as a new piece of furniture or sold to woodworkers and crafters.
There are a few different factors that could play a huge role in the value of the wood that your barn was built with. Pay extra attention, as these few types of wood are sure to provide a higher rate of return and can easily help make a good dent in the full demolition cost.
All four of these wood types are some of the most sought-after, which in turn, makes them the most valuable, so before hiring your demo team, it might be worth inspecting your barn to ensure that you aren’t accidentally demolishing valuable materials.
In addition to the type of wood, wood that is manufactured by hand vs. a factory or machine can also bring in a good chunk of change. The easiest way to try and identify if your wood was manufactured by hand vs. machine could be by inspecting the ends of the wood for axe marks as this is generally a clear sign of hand manufactured wood.
We’ve all heard the term “don’t throw money out the window” and when it comes to demolishing an old barn, without proper inspection and potentially some manual labor or elbow grease, you could be doing just that.
If you have an old barn on your property that you are hoping to have demolished, or if you have any questions regarding our demolition services, please feel free to contact our office at any time and one of our team members would be more than happy to assist you.