4 Things You Need to Know Before Starting a Demolition Project
The decision to start a demolition project is a big one, especially if you plan to rebuild afterwards. Building a home is stressful (and exciting) enough, but when you add demolition to the process there can be a whole range of other factors to consider. Here are 4 things you need to know before starting a demolition project:
#1 Read the Fine Print
When you sign your contract, you need to know what you are agreeing to. This is not the time to scroll through and give a quick signature. This is the time to read the fine print. You should be taking note of payment terms and any omissions that may not be included. Are permits and other council fees included? What is the timeframe for the job? When you are rebuilding your primary residence, this is important as you will want the two projects to coincide as seamlessly as possible. For example, if you are demolishing your home you don’t want to be homeless for twelve months while you wait for the building process to begin.
#2 Dealing with Council
Demolishing a property isn’t always as simple as taking a sledgehammer and smashing things up. This may have worked for Jake Gyllenhaal’s character in the movie Demolition, but in reality there is much more to it. You will need a Certificate of Title, and this needs to be in your name. There will be permits and asset protection to consider, and you should discuss these requirements before the demolition process commences. You may need council approval to remove trees and other structures and this can take time. If you are preparing for a new building, make sure this is approved first to avoid any long delays.
#3 Know What Stays and What Goes
Just because you are demolishing, it doesn’t mean everything has to go. However, you need to be clear about what you want to keep. This could include trees, sheds, pools, or even parts of the existing structure. If you are conscious about the environment, recycling building materials can be a planet friendly option, and save you money! At Capital Demolition we remove the C and D (Construction and Demolition waste) off site and take it to one of our recycling facilities where it is crushed and remanufactured to create a road base suitable for carparks and roads. We also create aggregate that is used to make green (environmentally Friendly) concrete. In a typical brick and tile house up to 95% of the material is remanufactured and reused.
#4 How to Prepare for Demolition
Ensuring you have taken the right steps for preparation will help you to avoid any delays. Utility services will need to be disconnected and removed, and these include gas, electricity, internet and phone. Pest control will likely be required, and your local council may have additional requirements. Remember, for older style homes, it is a possibility that there will be asbestos. This should always be removed and disposed of by a professional as it is a harmful substance.
When you choose the right demolition company, the process will be clear and simple. At Capital Demolition we offer fa comprehensive quote that outlines the extent of the work you are contracting us to undertake. Our experienced team can complete your project in a professional and timely manner. We recycle materials whenever possible, as we are a company who cares about the environment. Contact us today to learn about how we can assist you with your demolition project.