A house demolition might sound like the last thing we would do. However sometime tearing down a house might be easier and cheaper than fixing up a deteriorated home, or moving all of your stuff to another home that is far away. Sometimes the home is in a poor condition that it can’t be salvaged. Tearing down a house is not a small project. If you fail to check a number of things that you should before you slam your house into pieces, you might face a whole lot trouble. Here I have put together a list of things you should consider before you get your professional excavation service started.
1. Ask If the House Is Worth Tearing Down
Before you slam the house and smash it into smithereens, it is a wise move to consult someone who can advise if tearing down a house makes financial sense. A house that looks like a total ruin to you might still be salvageable. Sometimes, fixing crumbling walls, sagging roofs or sloping foundations is not as expensive as you think. You also need to have an idea of the land that the house is situated on. Sometimes the land might be worth more without a house, or the land might be on historical preservation list. No matter how decayed the foundations and wood components of the house are on a preservation list, you can’t demolish the house.
2. Obtain a Permit
In most cases, you will need a permit to tear down a house regardless if the mortgage is clear. Therefore you should check with city and county officials before you begin. Never do the work without a permit. Many people do that and think nobody will notice. But imagine this, a huge bulldozer in the yard, clawing away gigantic chunks of a house and slamming it into debris. That is going to draw attention, isn’t it? So check if you need a permit.
3. Check with Fire Department and Utility Company
You must remember to turn off that gas, water and electricity before you demolish your house. However, you should check with fire department and utility company if the sources are completely and properly disconnected and abandoned or terminated, because sometimes the utilities can’t be completely turned off and they will go everywhere when the house is destroyed.
4. Inspect For Hazardous Materials
If a home is in such poor condition, it is likely to be an old home. Many older homes contain hazardous materials when they were being built, such as asbestos and lead paint. Both materials are harmful to human health. Asbestos can cause lung cancer and lead paint is harmful for child’s development. Removal of these kinds of materials can be costly. You should check with your rubbish removal or skip hire company on which types of waste that can be removed without specific procedures and what procedures you should follow if you have hazardous materials onsite. You should remove all hazardous materials safely before you destroy a house into debris.
5. Submit Building Plans for Approvals
Sometimes the community prevents you from building the home you desire while the city building codes allow your construction structure. It is advised to submit your plans to all authorities beforehand tearing down your house in case you aren’t allowed to build the house you want. The last thing you want is to find yourself sitting in between dirt on a vacant lot, drying your tears with the debris.