Questions to Ask Your Demolition Company

Eugene Vargas

Demolishing a building or home may be the best choice when it's not feasible to make upgrades and repairs and when you want to rebuild on the same lot or location. A demolition is often more complicated than homeowners or building owners may realize and in turn, they may not understand all that is involved with the process. Asking the right questions will ensure you know what to expect from a demolition and that it's safe and secure for you. Note the following.

1. Ask if you can remove items from inside first

If you're very eco-conscious then you may want to ensure that a maximum number of items that can be recycled are removed from your property and taken to a recycling facility, or you may want to remove old fixtures and other items for resale or another purpose. However, some demolition companies make money off those products and may not allow you to strip out the interior of a building. This policy will vary from company to company, so be sure you ask about what removal can be done before you assume that you can tear out old cupboards, floorboards, and the like.

2. Note how long the process takes

A demolition company doesn't come in one day and just set up wiring and explosives and level your building. They need to inspect the building and its overall structure and engineering so they can determine the best place for explosives, the right types of explosives to use, how powerful the charges should be, and so on. You might be surprised to see that a demolition company needs weeks of lead time to schedule and plan your demolition, so be sure you ask about how long the process takes so you can adjust your own building and construction schedule accordingly, if necessary.

3. Always ask if you can take pictures or be onsite during demolition

It's only natural to want to take pictures or make a video of a demolition project, but for your own safety, a demolition company will have a set boundary for observers. For larger demolitions, this may be many city blocks and for a residential home, you may be required to stay several hundred feet or meters away from the site. You might also find that the demolition happens in stages for the sake of safety and is not the big explosion you're expecting, so if you want to take pictures or observe, ask about this process first.