Gene Harvey Services, Reclaim It
by Gene Harvey
(Matoaca, VA, USA)
We're a small, family oriented business, fully insured, ready to take on your old buildings. Whether it be a barn, tobacco drying shed, old school house or pack house, corn cribs, etc., we can handle the job!
We do everything we can by hand in order to salvage as much of the old wood as possible. Our primary goals are -
1 - Keeping costs down for the land owner/home owner - home owner's insurance rates can drop drastically once hazardous or old buildings are removed from the property.
2 - Keeping wood from going to the landfill - we salvage everything we can for reuse.
3 - Keeping the landowner up to date on progress and informed if we find anything "unique" during the dismantling of their barns and buildings. Showing the building owner a "find" of something old or unique that was in their barn or building is one of our favorite things to do! You know there are some historically significant items in there SOMEWHERE! But, who has time to dig through dirt and walls? Well, we encounter old memories from time to time and we enjoy seeing the looks on faces when we present old items to the land owner!
Some costly things to consider when having someone come take down your old barn or building: EQUIPMENT, TRANSPORTATION COSTS, LABOR, TOOLS, INSURANCE, FOOD & LODGING FOR DISMANTLING CREW, ETC.
On average, it takes about 5-7 days to fully dismantle a barn, to get all of the salvageable wood out, clean up the shingles, debris, nails, separate the metal, and sort out the good wood from wood that’s not salvageable or usable.
The next phase, once you have all of the wood sorted out is to haul that wood away. The cost involved with hauling the wood away
depends on how much distance is involved from the location of the barn to, for us at least, our home base. This involves a truck and trailer. The typical barn will take anywhere from 2 loads upwards to 5 to get all of the wood off-site and back to our home base.
Some other expenses:
Dumpsters, Chainsaws, Straps, chains, Excavating to bury debris
Concrete removal, Business liability insurance, the list goes on.
So, WHY do this work? Back to 1 & 2 from the top! We enjoy saving a part of history and helping landowners. And, when we are able to sell some of the wood we have salvaged, we can help pay the bills!
Contact us today if you have an old barn or building that you need dismantled and removed. If we can't help you, we will try to find someone that can!