A residential demolition project can be simple or complicated. There are many preparations to make before you can demolish buildings and structures. To make sure that your project goes as planned, you should start early to research your project and know what is required for demolition in your area. Here are a few you should do to prepare for a residential demolition project.

Contact Government Offices

Contact local and state government offices in your area for guidance on what regulations and requirements you must comply with during demolition. Depending on the size and location of your residence, you may be required to have a pre-demolition inspection, get a demolition permit, or obtain the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) approval before you begin.

Interview Potential Demolition Contractors

Interview experienced demolition contractors that work in your area. Ask for local references and interview them to get their experiences and recommendations.

Have potential contractors visit the site to discuss your project. Ask for an estimate of costs and determine if they will complete all of the work or subcontract work to another company. For consistency, it is good to have one company do all of the work.

Choose a demolition contractor that is licensed and insured and ask to see copies of those documents. Show copies of their contractor’s insurance to your insurance company to verify that you and the contractor are both adequately covered.

Meet With Your Demolition Contractor

When you meet with your chosen demolition contractor on your property, give them photographs of the site and indicate which structures you wish to demolish and which structures you want to remain. Discuss the project thoroughly and draw up a written agreement that indicates exactly what is to be done.

You and your demolition contractor can both sign this agreement. Make a copy of the signed agreement. Keep one copy for your records and give the other copy to your contractor.

Dismantle and Store Items You Want to Save

If there are items or parts of the structures that you wish to save, remove and store them safely before the day of demolition. You can keep structural parts of the building such as doors, windows, lumber, and beams if you take them out of the building before demolition.

If you remove these items yourself, use the proper tools such as crowbars, sledgehammers, and assorted hammers. Wear a respirator, boots, leather gloves, and overalls to protect yourself while working.

Mark Structures to Remain

If you want to demolish some and not all of the buildings on your property, mark the structures that will remain untouched. Arrange traffic cones or small vinyl flags around the buildings and structures that you want to preserve.

Turn Off Utilities

Before demolition begins, have your utilities disconnected. Utilities include electricity, gas, water, and sewage services. Give your utility companies at least two weeks’ notice from the day that you wish to have your services disconnected.

With research, preparation, and an experienced demolition contractor, you can have a successful residential demolition. For a full-service demolition contractor, contact Abbotts Construction. Our professional staff can help you with all aspects of demolition. We are experienced in residential and commercial demolition and can handle an interior or exterior demolition project of any size.