How to Prepare for Demolition on Your Residential Property

Whether you're tearing down an irreparable house or a secondary structure near your home, demolition can feel like an intimidating prospect. Not only can the project encompass a large scale of work, but demolition means having a full crew of professionals and heavy equipment on your land for an extended period of time.

Most homeowners contemplating demolition have never overseen a demolition site before, much less one so close to where they live. Adequate preparation before your residential demolition day can ensure that you feel confident turning your property over to experienced workers for teardown.

In this blog, we guide you through the process of preparing for an upcoming domestic demolition project.

Choose the Right Demolition Crew

Regardless of the scale of your demolition, this project is a large one that should not be undertaken without the right help. Unless you have an extensive background in demolition of the type you're planning, you should not plan to handle your demo yourself.

Instead, hire a demolition crew that has the proper licensing and experience for a project of your type. You may not know exactly which qualifications the crew needs until after your home inspection, as we'll discuss in the next section, so schedule the evaluation in advance.

Consider a Pre-Demolition Inspection

Few construction projects are as straightforward as they appear. Often, homeowners find themselves surprised by the amount of their contingency budget used during the demolition process. A home inspection before demolition inspection can help minimise the shock of what you have to deal with after opening walls.

A home inspector can help you determine if you will need to prioritise finding a demo crew with the licensing for hazardous removals. Many older homes have asbestos, which must be removed and disposed of only by certified professionals.

Additionally, the inspection can help you decide on whether deconstruction, or demolition by hand, should be part of your overall demolition plan. For example, in a home that is likely to have asbestos, the demolition crew may do some deconstruction to find and eliminate the asbestos before bringing in a bulldozer.

You may also want to consider the disposal options offered by a crew before making your hiring decisions. Many demolition materials can be recycled or resold rather than sent to a landfill.

Make Other Housing and Storage Arrangements

As a rule, anything not included in the scope of work during demolition should be removed from the site. In most cases, this rule means that you should consider staying with a friend, relative or hotel until demolition is complete even if your home will remain intact enough that you could live there.

The choice to make other housing arrangements reduces the inconvenience, risk of injury and potential for delays during the project.

Additionally, you should put any objects that would usually be in your yard in storage until after demolition. Move your vehicles, outdoor furnishings and children's toys.

Work With Your Utility Company and Municipal Representatives

While the demolition is taking place on your property, the project truly is a community one. You may need to be in frequent contact with your home insurer, utility company and municipal representatives for the timeline to progress smoothly.

For example, you may be responsible for securing building permits or shutting off utility lines before excavation. Be sure to clarify which of these tasks you must handle yourself and which will be covered by your demolition company before the project begins.

Follow the guidelines listed above as well as any recommendations and requirements from your chosen demolition company to ensure the safety and efficiency of your residential demolition project.

For demolition services from experienced professionals, including partial and full teardowns on domestic properties, contact Swift Demolition.