5 Things to Consider Before Starting a Demolition Project

Demolition day isn’t just about tearing down a structure and making a general mess of things. 

There’s actually a lot of planning and preparation that needs to go into any major demolition project, no matter your reason for demolition.

It could be for reasons of infestation, safety concerns, or maybe it’s more cost-effective to simply rebuild from scratch. Whatever the reason, preparing for demolition is important to ensure a smooth and speedy process. 

So, let’s check out five things for you to consider before demolition day. 

1. Get the Proper Permits and Inspections

This is an important step in demolishing a building. 

First, you’ll need to consult local regulations as part of your demolition preparation. Dealing with all the local red tape can be a hassle, but it’s important to get your ducks in a row before beginning a demolition project. 

Inspections are a necessary part of this procedure, and then you’ll have to obtain the correct permits. Only then can you start the process of demolition. 

2. Determine a Demolition Method

Before demolition day, you’ll need to decide which demolition method is most effective for your project. 

This is actually a very important part of the pre-demolition preparations. Mechanical demolition is the most popular and most preferred method of demolition. BuildPro STL has a great deal of experience in this kind of demolition. 

Mechanical demolition is about what you think it is: the use of large-scale machinery, such as hydraulic excavators, to physically tear down a structure. The debris from this tear-down is piled up in dumpsters and hauled away.

This is a very messy, but also inexpensive and speedy demolition process. 

Deconstruction demolition is stripping each section of the house, one by one, so as to salvage materials. This is a much more expensive procedure and is only recommended for projects where expensive materials need to be recovered. 

3. Set a Budget

It’s always important to establish budgetary parameters for your demolition services. This should be a necessary part of hiring demolition contractors, who should be able to provide an estimate for the demolition project. 

It’s also a good idea to set aside money, in case the scope of the demolition project should change. 

4. Turn Off All Utilities

This is an extremely important part of the demolition process. 

Before any demolition work begins, ensure that all utilities have been disconnected. This means gas, electric, sewer lines, water, and any other utilities associated with the structure. 

Failure to do so could result in serious injury to demolition workers. 

5. Don’t Forget to Hire a Dumpster

This part can be easy to overlook. 

But once the demolition is complete, you’re going to have a serious mess on your hands. That’s why it’s crucial to have a rented dumpster and ensure that the debris removal is taken care of at the end of the project. 

Get Ready for Demolition Day

There’s a lot that needs to be done before demolition day. Preparation is essential to making any demolition project a success. 

That’s why it helps to have pros on your side. BuildPro STL’s Construction Earthwork and Excavating Division has the experience and know-how to make your demolition project a success. 

Contact us today to see how we can help. 

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