Posted on: 29 October 2019Share
Many major home remodel projects require some level of demolition. Whether you are stripping your entire home down to the studs or just renovating a room or two, demolition services will play a critical role in the success of your project.
Homeowners can become so worried or excited about demolition day that they fail to adequately prepare for the day to arrive. Take action to ensure your demolition process goes as smoothly as possible so that your remodel project can start out on a positive note.
1. Pull the Proper Permits
You might not think that the government minds what happens in your home, but you would be wrong. Almost every municipal government requires that a permit be obtained whenever major structural changes are taking place. This includes demolition. You will need to work closely with the company you hire to handle your demolition process to ensure that all information needed to obtain the rights permits is acquired. Having permits in place well in advance of your demolition date will allow you to avoid hefty fines in the future.
2. Invest in an Asbestos Test
Older homes were constructed using materials made with asbestos. Exposure to asbestos has been linked to a variety of serious illnesses, which means that the release of asbestos into the air during a demolition is a public safety concern. You will probably find that your city government requires an asbestos test before issuing a demolition permit. If the test isn't required, you should still invest in one before you begin tearing your home apart.
The presence of asbestos means that you will need to work with a demolition company (such as Kennah Construction) that has the training and equipment required to handle the disposal of asbestos materials to avoid serious penalty.
3. Notify Your Neighbors
The demolition process will not only affect your home, but could also affect your neighbors, as well. Be sure that you visit each of your neighbors personally to notify them of an upcoming demolition day. Provide an overview of the project, as well as any information on contractors that might be utilizing the roadway to access your home.
Informed neighbors are more likely to be understanding about the noise, dust, and traffic that a demolition can create. Schedule your demolition to begin after neighbors leave for work and try to finish the process before your neighbors settle in for the evening. This will help keep disturbances to a minimum.