Re: Rehab or tear down?
If you can find an appraiser that works for insurance companies, they should be able to help you determine the cost of remodeling versus rebuilding. They won't have a vested interest in selling you construction services or materials, but should have good insight into construction costs in your area. Some architects and home designers may also be able to help you figure costs.
Expect to pay any of these professionals for their time and expertise.
The "Senior Member" designation under my name doesn't mean I know a lot, it just means I talk a lot.I've been a DIYer since I was 12 (thanks, Dad!). I have read several books on various home improvement topics. I do not have any current code books I can refer to. I was an apprentice plumber for two years.