Are you ready to tear down an eyesore on your property? Whether it be your entire home or to finally make room for the pool you’ve been dreaming of. Doing the job yourself is an option but hiring a professional group is a much less stressful option. An option that will free up your impressive handyman skills for other pending projects.
The most important step is to lay out what your expectations are for the project. Define the budget and timeline, develop a hiring strategy, and plan for post-demolition. Completing this “checklist for demolition” will help streamline the construction.
- It’s permanent.
- Making a drastic change to the landscape of your property is a big deal. Consider how it will change the function and views. Demolishing a large structure could mean literally seeing a lot more of your neighbors.
- Sweet-talk the neighbors! It will help when it comes time for noisy construction and the dumpster in your driveway.
- Your neighborhood may have a Homeowners Association that will want notification. HOA’s typically have noise regulations or even guidelines for construction. And now that I mention it you should start attending those HOA meetings to show support.
- Timeline. Communication with your demolition contractor is essential before the project begins. Responsibilities should be assigned, a disposal strategy chosen and a timetable agreed to.
- For a complete destruction it would be fair to expect 3 to 6 days until completion depending on the size of the building and the foundation. Buildings are usually on the ground within the first day or two, it’s amazing what some brute force can do. The remaining time is spent on removal and clean up.
- Hazardous materials found could delay work because of extra safety and legal steps.
- Budget. A thorough conversation with your contractor will help to plan for the cost of demolition.
- Know exactly what you expect from the contractor and be sure that everything is accounted for in the bid.
- Would you like to recover any salvageable material before knocking it down? You could donate materials to those in need, or solely for the tax deduction. Selling whatever junk you can recover will help offset some of the job costs.
- If your home is of a certain age, inspections for Asbestos or lead-based paint will be necessary. Some demolition companies will get necessary permits and inspections for a fee. But this is a step you can do easily to save any associated fees.
- Be Prepared. As soon as equipment arrives it is time to start work so make sure you’re ready when the machines are rolled off the trailer.
- Don’t forget to disconnect all utilities including water ahead of time.
- Access to the site is often times overlooked. Equipment strong enough to demolish a house is going to be large. Not only will it be bulky, requiring a large entry point, but also heavy. Heavy enough that it’s important to think about what is underground. The placement of sewer lines or septic tanks should be clearly marked. That’s a mess no one wants to clean up. Property surveys are essential in pinpointing what is below the surface.
Now that you have the money budgeted, the time to commit, and a site that’s prepared for construction you are ready to get your demolition started! Congratulations! Now things are being knocked down and crushed causing endless piles of trash, now what? Are you leaving the disposal arrangements up to the hired crew? Do you have a strong desire for materials to be recycled? Disposing of what remains is just as big of a job as the destruction itself.