There are various reasons a homeowner may find themselves facing a residential demolition project. These reasons can vary greatly and include demolitions of storage buildings, older homes on the property, or barns. Regardless of the type of residential demolition project, there are some things that every homeowner should know before the project begins. Here are a few of those key points.
Avoid DIY Demolition Options
You may believe that since the building is being demolished anyway, you can help things along by handling some f it on your own. You may be under the impression that doing some of the tasks yourself will also help you salvage more items. The truth is, by doing any of the project as a DIY, you may be causing more harm than good. DIY demolitions can lead to breathing issues, possible electrical hazards, and even issues with your pipes and plumbing systems. This can become increasingly complicated if you will be using existing pipes or other areas in a new home build.
Having Scrap Removed
If it is an older building that is being demolished, you may have a list of items from the home that can be used or sold. For example, you may have copper pipe or wire in the home that can resell for a sizeable amount. You may also have fixtures, antique door knobs, or even salvageable wood flooring that you want to get out of the home before the demolition. If this is the case you will want to have these items removed by a salvage company prior to the demolition. There is a misconception that the residential demolitions contractor can remove these items or avoid them for you. In most cases, this is not true and the demolishment will remove anything that is in the building.
Inspections and Permits
It may surprise you to find out that, depending on your location, inspections and permits may be required prior to the demolition. The inspections are generally required to ensure there are no toxic chemicals that will be released into the air during the demolition. One example of this is asbestos. If this is found during the inspection, you may have to have it professionally removed before the residential demolition can begin. Permits may also be required, depending on your location, in order to demolish larger homes or homes that may be too close to densely populated areas.
These are all key points to consider prior to starting your residential demolition project. If you are ready to move forward, contact your local demolition contractor for pricing and estimates.