Whether you’re demolishing a shed, a garage, a home, or a commercial building, there’s a lot of work ahead of you. This article will help you prepare for the demolition itself. One thing we’re not going to cover is finding a contractor – we’re assuming that if you’re already in the process of preparing for the demolition, you already have a contractor in mind.
You’ve got the demolition scheduled, or you’re getting ready to schedule it – what comes next? This brief how-to will help.
Get the building inspected
The first step is to have the building inspected – in some cases, demolition contractors will handle this for you, but in other cases, you’ll have to outsource it.
Inspections can reveal a lot of things about how the demolition will have to be done. Most importantly, a thorough inspection can uncover hazardous materials, like asbestos. Asbestos is incredibly dangerous if inhaled, so it must be removed before demolition takes place.
Should the inspection find asbestos, you’ll need to hire an asbestos removal company. Choose a company that’s different from the company that conducted the inspection to avoid any conflict of interest.
Get all the necessary permits
In most cases, your demolition contractor will take care of permit acquisition for you. During your conversations with them, ensure that this is something they’ll handle – if not, you’ll have to get the permits yourself.
Truth be told, though, if your demolition contractor isn’t handling the permits, you might want to consider using a different contractor!
Tell your neighbours
Demolitions are noisy – they can start fairly early in the morning, and they can lead to a lot of disruption. You should warn your neighbours that a demolition is going to take place. That way, they can prepare with earplugs – and if they have children, they can tell them to stay away from your property while the demolition is occurring.
Consider giving them a small gift, like a box of chocolates or a bottle of wine, to show that you appreciate them being tolerant during the demolition.
Have a plan for when the demolition occurs
You’ve given your neighbours ample time to prepare for the demolition – do yourself the same courtesy! If this is a residential demolition, plan on having a place to stay for a few days while the demolition occurs.
For commercial demolitions, make sure all stakeholders are informed well in advance of the demolition. Help coordinate a space where they can continue to work while the demolition occurs.
And in either case, remember that demolitions can sometimes take longer than predicted. Have a contingency plan for worst case scenarios.
At Winnipeg Demolition, we always perform a needs assessment before planning a demolition. That means we’ll work with you to ensure you’re prepared for the demolition process. Find out here what steps we are taking to be the best demolition company in Winnipeg.