Whether you buy a piece of property that has a structure on it that needs to be removed or your old house is ready to be demolished to make way for a new one, you will have to consider hiring a professional demolition service for help. Professional demolition is far more efficient than disassembling a house or structure by hand, so it is a logical solution. However, hiring someone to demolish a structure on a residential property is also a major undertaking in itself. Here are a few tips to help you along.
1. Get quotes from a handful of service providers.
Demolition prices can range drastically from provider to provider. Things like what equipment the company uses, how many people they employ, and even how far away they are from the location can affect how much you will be charged. It is best to get a handful of quotes because of this fact.
2. Find out what additional services are offered.
Make sure you ask if any additional services are offered by the demolition companies that offer you a quote. Some will get rid of all of the rubble, and others won't. Some will offer recycling services, and others won't. You may even find some demolition companies that will help with underground utility line removal and other related tasks.
3. See if you will have to handle permits yourself.
Demolition can involve having to obtain several types of permits. You may need permits to bring in the heavy equipment that will be used, such as cranes and excavators if they have to travel on certain roadways. You may have to get permits to park dumpsters near a public sidewalk or street, and you may even have to have a permit just for the demolition process itself. Find out if it will be your responsibility to get these permits or if the company will handle them for you.
4. Ask about salvaging if you plan to salvage anything.
It's not uncommon for people who are having a structure demolished to want to harvest some elements for reuse. However, it is important that you let the demolition company know if this is something you plan to do. Some companies offer a price quote with the idea that they will reap some reusables on their own to either recycle for cash or make a profit, so if you take out things after the quote, the price for demolition could change.
For more information, reach out to demolition services near you.