House demolition is relatively straightforward and uncomplicated, but that doesn't make it any less intimidating for the first-timer. If the thought of tearing down a house makes you want to run away screaming, fear not.
Our guide is easy-to-follow and will walk you through the demo process one step at a time, making demolition easy as 1-2-3!
- 1. Determine which demolition method is right for you
There's more than one way to take apart a house, so the #1 on your to-do list is to decide which type of demolition is best for you.
This is the most common form of demolition—the act of simply tearing down the house with the help of hydraulic excavators and other heavy machinery. The resulting debris is then hauled away via trailer or dumpster. Mechanical demolition is the cheapest and fastest solution, costing between $4,000 and $14,000 on average.
Also known as "demolition by hand," deconstruction is the process of manually stripping and deconstructing the house piece by piece with the intent of salvaging as many of the materials inside the home as possible. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, deconstruction projects can recycle or reuse more than 70% of building materials, such as lumber, beams, doors, windows and more. Interior demolition crews individually take off doors, light fixtures, sinks, tubs, copper pipes, glass from windows...even the nails in the floorboards can be removed and recycled. Because of the additional labour involved, expect to pay 2 to 3 times as much to deconstruct your home rather than demolish it.
Deconstruction + Demolition
The most highly recommended form of demolition is the combination of deconstruction and demolition. This includes the act of deconstructing the house first by going through and salvaging a portion of the reusable materials. Once all desired materials capable of being saved and reused are collected, the remaining structure is then demolished, and remaining debris is hauled away. This is a great solution for those who want their demo process to be efficient, affordable, and environmentally responsible.
2. Find the right demolition contractor for the job
Find a licensed and insured demolition contractor to help you choose the best way to wreck and remove your house. They will meet you at the site and go over possible solutions. As demolition experts, they'll be able to thoroughly discuss your options. Get proposals or estimates in writing, and be sure the contractor's estimate spells out whose responsibility it is to pay for and request permits (if required) for the work.
3. Have your house inspected by a professional
Ask your building demolition contractor what the inspection requirements in your area are. Most states require that older homes/buildings be inspected prior to demolition for the presence of: asbestos, lead paint, mould, rotted wood, other hazardous materials
If the home contains asbestos or lead paint, proper procedures for remediation need to be followed.
Here at DIG IT, we are experienced, professional demolition experts and we can help you with every aspect of your project so that it runs without a hitch. Get in touch with us today for a free quote or to discuss your project.