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Tear Down

michigantear-down-houseSeveral times a year when purchasing a property, we are faced with the question of what to do with an old unwanted lakefront cabin or mobile home. The property often will have more value without the neglected or unwanted structure.

Sometimes you can place a “free” sign on a mobile home and it can be moved off your property by someone looking for a hunting cabin for their land. If you are not so fortunate and the home can not be towed to the land fill, it should be torn down. We have paid anywhere from $300 to $1,500 to have them torn down and removed.

An old cabin is a little different. One option is to contact the local fire department who use structures such as this for fire fighting practice. A controlled burn provides invaluable fire fighting experience. This can be messy if damage occurs to trees surrounding the structure. After the burn, the property owner is responsible for cleaning up the charred remains, as well as removing any slab/foundation, fireplaces and chimneys that were part of the structure.

Please remember to check with the local township for any permits needed.

One other important thing to be aware of, if there is a septic system or well on the property, the septic may have to be filled and the well pulled.

Written by Dave.