Demolition is the tearing down of houses, buildings and other structures. This tedious task is ideally done by demolition contractors.
Demolition contractors are hired for different purposes. Personal purposes include major home renovations, while business purposes include business space or building renovations and building extermination.
Demolition contractors differ based on their specialties. Some demolition contractors specialize in selective residential demolition, while others focus on bigger jobs like building demolitions.
The cost of a demolition contractor’s service varies extensively. According to statistics, the cost of demolishing a house may range from $4000 to $14,000. $50-$100 will be added for the demolition permits, and tasks such as foundation demolition or raise will cost a minimum of $300 and a maximum of $14,000. Asbestos abatement will also jack up the cost to $20,000, if necessary.
So, how can you save money? The following suggestions can help:
- Give the exact details. To prevent, further renovation costs after the demolition, you have to make sure that what is being torn down is exactly what you wanted. Send pictures if you must, or be present during the work, if needed.
- Refrain from paying large initial deposits. Pay in installments, because this will ensure job completion. The contractors will keep coming back until the job is completed.
- Consider the season. During warmer seasons, contractors get more jobs. That will cause your project to cost more. However, in the colder seasons, they tend to have lower prices and more availability.
- Do the small jobs or minimal work yourself. Get a sledge hammer and demolish it yourself. (Note: just stay away from water and power supplies.)
Tips in choosing the right demolition contractor for the job:
- Specialty – Hire the company that works exclusively on the type of structure you wanted demolished.
- Insurance – This is one of the most vital things to consider before hiring a contractor. An insured company will prevent you from being sued if a worker gets hurt on the job. Also, an insured company will also save you the trouble of going to court if by any chance, an adjacent home gets damaged during the completion of the job.
- License and Permits – Check the companies’ legitimacy through their business license. A licensed business will guarantee professionalism. And if along the way, you don’t get the quality of the work you expected, you can always call them for it. The license will also reflect if their company abides with building codes and local bylaws regarding environment and demolition complaints on noise and dust from the neighbors. Also, check with the contractors if permits will be secured by the homeowners, or by them.
- Inquire for after-work jobs such as the hauling away of the debris and waste. Some companies will cater to this client’s need, and this will give you convenience, as you won’t have to think of the whole aftermath. For environmentally-conscious clients, there are also “green” contractors. These are contractors who will recycle most of the waste after a demolition.
- Ask for referrals. Experience is always the better teacher. Ask your friends who have gone through the process of hiring and working with a demolition contractor. You may also utilize the internet and scan through some online reviews of a company.