Preparing for Your Home Demolition Project

8 September 2018
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

A home demolition project can be exhausting and overwhelming particularly if it's your first experience. Therefore, careful planning and preparation is key to the success of the project. You may need to demolish your home for a variety of reasons. Maybe it's an old home and renovating it would be impractical or costly. Perhaps it's part of your home renovation project. Whatever your reason is, the most significant component of the project is to prepare the right way.

Therefore, here are some things you need to have in mind when preparing for your upcoming home renovation project.

Evaluate Your Demolition Needs

Before you even start shopping around for demolition companies, take your time to define how you need your demolition to be done. Are you tearing down the structure completely? Or would you prefer deconstruction instead where every part of the building is handled slowly and carefully? Knowing what you want beforehand is important because it will help you get the ideal demolition company. It will also help you budget well for the project.

Total teardown is usually the cheapest option where excavators and other machines and equipment are used to bring the structure down. That makes it the best option if you are on a budget and if the house is relatively old and no parts are worth salvaging. However, if you wish to keep some of the materials either for sale or use on your new house, consider deconstruction. It's much slower and more expensive, but it preserves the building materials.

Obtain Permits

Just like many building and construction projects, you will need a permit before you start demolishing your house. That's because first, the demolition has to conform to the building codes as well as local bylaws. Permits are also needed because demolitions tend to interrupt the neighbourhood whether through the noise pollution or even the potentially hazardous materials that may be released in the process. You need to obtain the permit from your local council. The process can be quite tricky if it's your first time. Therefore, if you want a hassle-free experience in this regard, hire a demolition company that will obtain the permit on your behalf instead.

Think About Asbestos

Many houses that are demolished are usually quite old. That means part of your building could still have asbestos. Disruption of asbestos is harmful to human health, especially if the asbestos fibres are released into the air. Therefore, if you have an old home, plan for an asbestos inspection first. If the building has asbestos and any other hazardous materials, you have to inform the house demolition company so they can know how best to approach the demolition without putting people at risk.