Demolition may sound like a straightforward and easy thing that involves simply destroying a house or building, and getting everything out of the way. It is, however, a rather complicated and relatively dangerous process for people who don’t know what they’re doing.
A DIY demolition is never a good idea, and hiring professionals to do the job will not only keep you safe, but save you money in the long run. Whether you need to demolish a house, an office building, or more complex structures, it’s important to remember a few key things to help you avoid any hitches.
Go ahead and watch this video first to know what things you need before you start your demolition.
Find a Reputable Demolition Company
Check your local listings and ask around for referrals. Find one that most suits your needs and gives you the best value for your money. It’s a good idea to come up with a shortlist of companies to interview before making your choice.
Ask basic questions like how long they’ve been in business, the timeline for demolition, and health and safety procedures, among others. It’s best to get someone whose services include securing permits and clean up. Finding a good demolition company saves you a lot of headache and money, so do your research.
Give your Neighbors a heads up
Demolitions are a noisy and dusty affair that will not only inconvenience you, but the people around you as well. Talk to your demolition company and make sure they keep disturbance to your neighbors at the barest minimum.
Give your neighbors a heads up. Let them know the timeline of the work, when your demolition project starts, and when it’s expected to be finished. It’s also important to let them know about potential health hazards like asbestos removal, or disconnecting gas lines.
Give them ample time to make arrangements for themselves to lessen the disturbance in their daily routines. Offer any assistance you can to make things easier for your neighbors.
Be an Active Member of your Demolition Team
Leave the professionals to do the dirty work, but be an active part of the project by making sure they know what you want, and what you need. Keep an open line of communication with your guys.
It’s a good idea to do a walk-through of your property with them before demolition begins. Identify materials you want to save or re-purpose and recycle, or some areas of the property you want to protect, like an old tree or hedges.
Have a happy, stress-free demolition!