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Cost to Redo Entire Burnt Down House

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Posted by: from Kitchener
6/13/2019 at 6:56:19 PM

So I have a friend that had his house burn down because of an electrical fire. He's looking to redo the entire house. Insulation, drywall, electrical, plumbing, subfloor, five beams need to be replaced, floors, windows, two washrooms. The kitchen cabinets can probably be sanded and reused. It's a 2000sqft bugalow. i was wondering a price range to do all this with average material

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Revi from Monaco Interiors in Aurora
Date/Time6/14/2019 at 5:59:53 AM

That's a loaded question. Depends on finishes, style of home etc. For a reputable company (so his next house won't burn down) I would figure $300 a sf. Cheaper is possible, but that's mid range.

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Date/Time6/14/2019 at 7:29:55 AM

Without seeing how big the damage is nobody can give You the quote,especially if there is a structural issue.

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Jordan from JNV Construction in Toronto
Date/Time6/14/2019 at 7:46:31 AM

I agree with both of the above contractors. They would have to meet with someone to discuss this in greater detail. To many unknowns to simply post on something this large. Make sure they do their research and find a trusted professional to guild them through the long process that this will entail.

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Date/Time6/14/2019 at 8:35:31 AM

Gday Matt,

We recently completed a project like this. It would be hard to give a price without seeing it. The biggest issues with fire is soot and smoke smell. There are ways to mitigate but it is best to assess the damage.

His insurance company should have given him an estimated cost. If not i would tell him to budget $275-$300 a sq/ft.

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Date/Time6/14/2019 at 3:12:31 PM

The most important part on such situation is how to deal with the sell of the fire and if the structure integrity of the house got affected.

It's had to price it without inspection however the very rough estimate would be in the range of $300 K $400 K easy!

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Date/Time6/17/2019 at 8:05:29 AM

Hi Matt,

I am sorry to hear about your friends home. I hope everyone made it out ok. Materials can always be replaced but traumatic events are a lot more emotionally impactful.

Fire rebuilds are tricky as there could be secondary damage such as smoke penetration in materials. For example, cabinets may be re-used however, melamine wood absorbs odors if they are cut for holes..etc.. therefore it may be necessary to replace them. Secondly structural rigidity would need to be verified to ensure there supports are in place to facilitate a rebuild.

A new build ranges from $150-250/sq ft depending on if you are looking at a shell on materials finishing.

However with a fire rebuild you would be looking at more as there may be a lot of restructuring, reinforcements to supports to do.

Final question would be insurance. With insurance companies we need to provide detailed reports, multiple inspection and permits need to be reapplied for as the claim gets registered and we have to notify the municipality (if the damage is extensive).

I hope this helps

Minesh

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