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Six Demolition Prep Steps

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Owning a lot with more value in the land than in any structures on the property presents a challenge. In order to maximize your investment in the lot, you might consider demolishing all structures. This is typically a lengthy process, but when you're getting these demolition preparation tasks done, it's more manageable.

Assemble Permits

Because demolitions may involve heavy machinery and mild explosives, permits are required almost universally. Some time is necessary to ensure you're providing accurate, complete details in the paperwork. Falling behind on permit applications could affect the timeliness of the demolition, and ignoring them altogether will result in possible financial and legal turmoil.

Notify Neighbors

While not all towns require neighbor notification, it's polite to do it. Your demolition could be noisy at times and could involve dump trucks, dumpsters, waste materials, and other things being mainstays of the landscape for a period, so mentioning it beforehand is considerate.

Create a Demolition Plan

An action plan should be created with the assistance of a surveyor and engineer. That way, you know that you won't accidentally lose specific trees or shrubbery; if you aren't demolishing every structure, the plan should lay that out.

Turn Off Utilities

If electricity, municipal water, or other utilities are freely available and connected to structures, notify all providers before demolition. You don't want to create dangerous and messy situations for those working on demolition, nor do you want to disrupt service to the area.

Know What's Recyclable

Before demolition professionals arrive, you could also be thinking about the best ways to use the materials left in the structures standing. Wood, for instance, is rather useful to contractors and property owners doing their own projects. If you alert them regarding the impending demolition through the local newspaper, they may make arrangements with you to use that free lumber. You're probably aware metal recycling is also possible. However, realize that even concrete, stone, and porcelain could be recycled instead of demolished.

Even appliances and individual pieces are sought after. Toilets, doors, sinks, tubs, and other objects are also popular and don't need to be demolished.

Handle Hazardous Materials

Before work begins, you must consider any materials which could be hazardous and therefore need to be handled in a sensitive way. For example, asbestos tiles and materials require attention. Underground fuel tanks should be completely filled. Professionals who handle such materials must be enlisted for assistance. 

Demolition is easier after thinking it through and preparing. Work with municipal authorities and demolition contractors like Kennah Construction to ensure everything necessary is getting completed.