LONGPORT — Denise Kleiner was busy running around Friday morning as she priced cabinets and sinks in a 26th Avenue home.
One person asked whether the PVC fencing outside the house was available for purchase. Another wheeled a toilet down the staircase and out the door.
One woman found two landline telephones and asked for the price. “Five dollars,” Kleiner replied.
This wasn’t an auction or foreclosure sale. It was a demolition sale that brought buyers flooding to a 10,000-square-foot oceanside home. The owner, who bought the home in 2010, wants to demolish the property to custom-build a new one.
Kleiner, a pre-demolition specialist, expected about 500 people Thursday and Friday to come looking for low-cost appliances and building materials.
She said her company, Avalon Estate Liquidators, first operated in Avalon and Stone Harbor but now does work in other shore towns as more owners look to demolish their current homes.
“We can’t keep up with it,” Kleiner said.
The owners of the property had lived in the home for seven years but decided to change the floor plan to allow for more ocean views and other improvements.
Most of the walls in the home had prices written on them pointing toward different appliances.
Closet doors were $40, a Maytag washer and dryer were priced at $400. A Sony flat-screen and TV mount was $175.
So why get rid of all this stuff? It’s about creating a custom home for the owners.
“We’re on an island and only have so much space, and most available lots are already taken, so people are forced to go to a house that is already on site and tear it down to meet their configuration needs,” said Catherine Van Duyne, of Van Duyne Builders in Ventnor, who will be building the owner’s new home.
Van Duyne said some owners are looking for more efficiency with new insulation, new water heaters or just new technology. Another thing Van Duyne sees is owners willing to demolish and construct a new home to meet the height code for properties post-Hurricane Sandy.
“Even though this is a relatively new house, it can still be subject to flooding. It helps them be more efficient,” she said.
The home, which was built in 1999, will be demolished Nov. 6. Like Avalon Estate Liquidators, Van Duyne said most of her clients are interested in gutting and demolishing existing homes — “I would say 90 percent (of our clients), unless someone can find a lot to build on.”
By 10 a.m. Friday, bathroom marble was being claimed, and people were moving from room to room to find the right price for cabinets and sinks.
Kim Fantazzia, of Margate, has gone to three demo sales and found solid doors and banisters at the first sale she attended.
“You can’t beat it. High quality for a very low price,” she said.
She also said she’s seeing more demo sales happening in the Downbeach towns of Ventnor, Margate and Longport.
“Even people who own and aren’t going anywhere, they want everything to go, and they want everything new. It’s what they do,” she said.