Those who survived Hurricane Sandy have been faced with a myriad of choices when it comes to what to do with their home and property. Those whose houses only suffered relatively minor flood damage may be considering NJ house raising. Others are looking into their options when it comes to putting their home on the real estate market. And still others are considering demolishing their home and building new.
If house raising in NJ is not part of your plans, nor is selling your home, then you’re probably want to know what exactly a home demolition entails. Here is what you need to know about home demolition from start to finish.
First, you’re going to have to find a licensed and insured demolition contractor, because this isn’t a job that can be done by just anyone. NJ house raising is a good place to start. Once you find a contractor, be sure to get an estimate in writing. If they refuse a written estimate, walk away! In the estimate, be sure it states who is responsible for getting and paying for any necessary permits.
Next, the house is going to need to be inspected for hazardous materials. Many older homes were constructed with materials that today are considered hazardous. From asbestos (often used in flooring, ceilings, duct work and siding) to lead (common in old paint) to old diesel and oil tanks, this material must be handled with special care. It may be necessary to get an inspector to determine if any of these conditions exist before demolition.
Being free and clear of hazardous materials doesn’t mean you can start knocking down walls, however. There remains the matter of utilities – and that is a major safety factor in a successful demolition. (It is also taken into consideration when a house lifting NJ company raisings a home.) Remember, those posts and markers you see all over warning about underground gas and electric lines are there for a reason.
If you have materials that can be salvaged from your home – copper is in especially high demand these days – work with your contractor to determine what can be taken and what can be resold or donated. All of this needs to be done before the actual demolition takes place.
When the actual demolition takes places, don’t expect it to happen overnight. This is a process that can take several days and that usually involves some major heavy equipment. The walls and structure of your home will be torn down and put in large (and dangerous!) piles. From there the refuse will go into on-site roll-off dumpsters. It may take anywhere from three to six such containers to fit all the debris. All debris must be removed, right down to the dirt.
Many people are choosing house raising in NJ rather than demolition simply because the process is easier, less time-intensive, and less costly. A demolition alone can cost as much as an entire house lift, and even extensive repairs will be more affordable than building an entirely new structure.
No matter the choice you make, be sure to work only with reputable contractors who will provide written estimates and who have you benefit in mind, not their wallet.