Demolishing your home might be your only option when conducting significant renovations. However, many homeowners do not quite comprehend the home demolition process. Below is a guide on how to demolish your property.
Preparation is the cornerstone of any successful demolition project. So, how do you prepare to demolish your home? Start by making inquiries at the local council to establish the local demolition regulations. For instance, you could be compelled to conserve building materials or recycle them as you renovate the property. In other cases, the council could prohibit using heavy plant equipment or conducting demolition works at night. Understanding these regulations helps you avoid penalties or legal action from the local council.
Your next step is establishing the viability of your home demolition project. Ask yourself these questions;
- Does your property contain hazardous materials that need abatement before pulling down the structure? For instance, you need to remove asbestos to prevent environmental pollution as you demolish your home.
- What is the effect of the demolition work on neighbouring buildings? For example, debris could fall on your neighbour's house. Besides, you risk damaging neighbouring property if you share amenities such as walls.
- Is your property accessible to demolition equipment? If not, is manual demolition or implosion a viable option?
- How do you plan to dispose of demolition debris? Recycling is a suitable option since you can reuse most construction debris during the renovation.
If you intend to continue with the demolition project, hire a contractor to execute the demolition work. There are three compelling reasons to engage a demolition contractor. First, it is challenging to secure a demolition permit if you are not a registered contractor. Remember, most local councils require you to apply for a licence if the demolition work affects structural features. Second, demolition contractors understand the safety precautions needed to execute the demolition work. The contractor will draw a demolition permit that details how they will pull down the structure. Moreover, the demolition crew has the expertise needed to prevent accidents at the site. For instance, they have the required safety gear. Furthermore, the crew uses bracing to prevent the building from collapsing prematurely.
Finally, the contractor is best placed to manage the demolition debris. For instance, they safely extract home fixtures to ensure they can be reused. Moreover, the professional installs safety nets and barriers to contain demolition debris at the site. It prevents liability suits from neighbours if you damage their property. The demolition contractor also helps dispose of unrecyclable demolition waste.