No matter what size renovation project you have, it will almost involve demolition. The demolition process can be both messy and risky, which is why it’s important to know what to take care of beforehand. Here are some of the key things to know before you start demolition.
Don’t Do It Yourself
You have probably seen on TV the home renovation projects where people DIY the demolition. While it may be tempting to do your own demolition and save some money, the people on television are almost always professionals with experience. There are many factors involved in demolition that can make it dangerous. From knowing which walls are safe to knock down to properly turning off the water and electricity beforehand, a professional will take care of demolition safely and efficiently.
Even if you’re not handling the demolition yourself, it doesn’t hurt to take it upon yourself to source the necessary permits. Make sure that you discuss thoroughly with your demolition contractor about the permits that you will need. It’s a difficult and messy situation if you get into legal trouble for having something demolished without proper authorization.
Warn the Neighbors
Whether you are doing demolition for a home or business, it’s good practice to let your neighbors know ahead of time. Be sure to apologize in advance for the noise and the mess, and give them a schedule of the times when the demolition will take place. Letting them know beforehand will preserve your relationship with them by helping to avoid future complaints. For yourself, if you are having a part of your home demolished, then you should seek alternate living arrangements. It’s not a good idea to try to live in your house while even a small part of it is being demolished. The noise and dust alone is reason to stay somewhere else.
Prepare for the Unexpected
As with any renovation project, sometimes the contractor will run into an unexpected problem. They might find asbestos or water damage, or there could be another part of the building that needs to be fixed. Remember to be patient; it’s better that the contractor found this problem now instead of overlooking it.
Contact Del Prete Masonry Today for Your Demolition Needs!
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