What to Discuss With a Contractor Before Planning a House Demolition

Before you plan a house demolition, you want to ensure you've covered all the details with your demolition contractor and know what's involved in the process. He or she may also need some details from you that you weren't expecting, so it's good to be prepared for this ahead of time. Note a few things to discuss with a house demolition contractor and why these subjects need to be covered before work begins.

1. Note what surveys and inspections may be needed

If your house is of a particular age, it may need to be inspected or surveyed for asbestos, as this material was used somewhat commonly as an insulating agent many decades ago. However, as many people know, asbestos is very dangerous when airborne and should be removed manually before demolition. A demolition contractor may also want an inspection for pest infestations that may interfere with the demolition process, for mold, for radon, and for anything else that may be a danger to the demolition crew or the environment. Be prepared for this or ask the demolition contractor what to expect by way of surveys and inspections so you can ensure they're done in plenty of time for the demolition.

2. Ask about fences, outbuildings, pools, and the like

Don't assume that a house demolition means that fences, a garage, a pool, a shed, and other such structures will also be torn down, but always ask about this ahead of time. If you want a demolition crew to remove a garage or exterior fence, you may need to pay more for this to be done; on the other hand, an attached garage may be included in the demolition work, as might a fence that actually connects to the sides of the home. Whatever the case, don't assume anything about this work but discuss it with your contractor before work begins.

3. Ask how long before you should access the property after cleanup

One your home and property are demolished and the rubble is removed, this doesn't necessarily mean it's safe to access the property. Demolition usually involves creating quite a bit of dust, which can be dangerous for your lungs. It can be good to allow a certain amount of time for that dust to be absorbed and settle after the demolition is finished and before you access the property. Ask the demolition contractor about this so you can schedule your reconstruction project, showing of the land to prospective buyers, and other such work appropriately.

For more information, contact local house demolition companies.