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If you're planning to redevelop a plot of land that already contains an existing structure, you may be considering demolition. This home may be in disrepair, could be too small for your needs or you might just dislike its style. Either way, it's got to go and as soon as possible, so you can begin to build the house of your dreams. However, this is not a process you can rush, and it will be some time before you can begin the destruction. What steps do you need to take in advance to ensure that everything goes well?
If the property in question is in disrepair, it's likely that it is relatively old. If so, you will need to worry about what lurks inside, and this means that you need to initiate an asbestos survey. As you may know, this substance was in widespread use until it was discovered to be carcinogenic, and it may be contained within walls, ceilings, fixtures or fittings. If it's discovered after the survey, a special approach will be required to isolate and remove, while protecting everyone in the vicinity.
If the house is relatively modern, you will still need to get some paperwork from the builder to warrant that it is free of any asbestos, before demolition will move ahead.
Get in touch with your local authority to see what authorisations you need before you begin. You may not need to get planning permission, but you might need a licence to begin the process.
If your property is in a busy area, you should inform the neighbours of your plans; for information if nothing else. This may involve a lot of noise and disruption, although demolition services will always aim to keep this to a minimum.
You will need to get the utility services disconnected, and this may also take some time. The company may need to send somebody out to do an on-site survey, before they give you a date of disconnection. Chat with your contractors to see whether they would like the water to remain connected, especially if they are engaging the work in the heat of the summer.
Demolition services will always try to avoid damaging any underground infrastructure or utility connections during the demolition, especially as you may need to use some of these connections for your new build.
Kicking It Off
As you can see, this may be quite a process, but nothing begins until you take action. Begin by talking with demolition services as you draw up your step-by-step plan.Share