5 Things to Keep in Mind Before Demolishing a Structure

 In Demolition

Tearing down an old structure to give rise to something new is nothing extraordinary, and while it may seem like you’ll just be knocking things down, there are a few procedures and tips that you should keep in mind for your demolition project to go smoothly. Though it’s essential that an expert is involved in this process, there are 5 things to keep in mind before demolishing a structure:

  1. Let the experts handle things: Conducting a demolition might appear to be simple and you might be tempted to carry it out yourself to save some cash, but that’s not the best idea. One wrong swing of the hammer and your house might come crashing down so it’s best to stick with a professional crew that knows what they’re up against and how to tackle things.
  2. Rules and regulations: A demolition project must adhere to all the rules set in place by the local or state construction guidelines. For example, the state of Virginia requires a copy of the plans for the demolition along with official letters stating that services, such as public utilities, power, gas, etc.,  have been cut off prior to the demolition. You also need to keep any and all dangers or hazards in check, especially asbestos. The slightest suspicion of an asbestos leak will undoubtedly shut down your entire project. To get more information get in touch with a contractor and discuss everything you need to know about inspections, removal and applicable agencies.
  3. Consideration is key: If you live in a residential neighborhood, your demolition activities could affect your neighbors. The hammering and drilling aren’t ideal noises for your neighbors and certain demolition aspects can be hazardous for children, so it’s nice to give your neighbors a heads up. Head next door with a pie or bottle of wine and explain what’s going to be happening so that you can get their patient understanding during the project. Remember consideration can go a long way.
  4. Reuse and Recycle: During a demolition, you are left with a lot of waste and much of those materials can be reused or recycled. So a demolition doesn’t mean all the waste needs to go to a landfill. Instead, some recyclers might be willing to take your old doors, windows, etc. Virginia has a Solid Waste Program that promotes the reuse and recycling of solid waste, so get in touch with a waste recycling center instead of throwing everything in the dumpster!
  5. Always have a contingency budget: Not everything goes as initially planned. All plans are hit with some unforeseen obstacles and challenges, and the same could apply to a demolition project. This is why it’s crucial that you keep your budget flexible and allocate at least 10% of it as a contingency budget. This money will come in handy to deal with an unprecedented increase in material price, hire more workers, upgrade construction equipment, etc. A contingency budget is your safety and insurance net, so don’t overlook it.

Keep these things in mind before demolishing a structure and be prepared for the project. Just like any other project, a demolition project too has many factors involved so it’s best to equip yourself with all the knowledge available and mitigate unwanted surprises.

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