Things to consider before demolishing your home

Things to consider before demolishing your home

Things to consider before demolishing your home

Demolishing your home may seem daunting at the beginning. Knocking down a building to make space for another room? At first, it just sounds like double the effort! But armed with professional advice and the right builder, it can be an exciting start towards your brand-new home.

Not only does it allow you to keep the same location, but it can help increase the value of your property and your overall lifestyle. You may even be surprised to learn that the cost of demolishing and building a brand-new home is often comparable, if not, less expensive than undertaking extensive renovations.

But before you get ready to tear down those walls, there are a few things that you should consider. When it comes to demolitions and knockdown rebuilds, a lot is involved when planning a demolition to run smoothly, from legalities to waste management.

Avoid any possible hiccups in your demolition and ensure everything goes to plan. Keep reading to learn more.

Partial or full demolition?

Demolition doesn’t have to involve knocking down an entire house. In some cases, homeowners will choose only to demolish part of an existing structure. Instances include if they want to leave up a particular wall or facade.

This may occur because they wish to retain some of the original charm or character of the building or only to improve a certain section of the property they are unhappy with.

Demolition permits

The demolition company you have chosen should be willing to deal with your local council for you, to obtain the required demolition permits. A demolition permit also referred to as a ‘building permit’, must be obtained from your local council before any demolition work occurs. Some relevant paperwork will be required, such as the land title and site plan.

Be aware that obtaining a permit for your demolition can take up to 15 working days once all the required documents have been submitted.

Be clear about what is staying or going

Demolishing a home does not mean you have to clear the block completely. You may have a pool that needs to stay, a favourite tree, a shed or other outbuilding you’d like to keep. By making this clear from the start, you ensure no unfortunate events occur during the demolition. It can also ensure that contractor quotes are comparable and have a well-defined scope of the required work.

This will also help you understand what materials you need to cater to in terms of waste.

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Tree removal

If you have a giant tree blocking the path of the new build or other means of vegetation, organise to have them removed before the demolition. This will make the demolition site easier to access and work with when the time comes.

It is recommended to contact an arborist in advance, so this can be organised before any demolition plans are required.

Hire a skip bin for waste and recycling

Many items and materials can be reused or recycled from a home demolition. We suggest organising a skip (or multiple) to divide materials such as bricks, concrete and tiles to be taken from the site and recycled.

Matt’s Skip Bins can guarantee the right waste solution for your situation with our many skip bin sizes and waste types.

Warn the neighbors

Talk to your neighbours before demolition work starts, so they know when it is occurring and can take steps to minimize mess in their home. Demolition can be a dusty, dirty process, so they should have ways of managing the dust that is created so that your neighbours aren’t annoyed.

It will also allow your neighbours to arrange plans for elements such as noise pollution or roadblocks.

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