Right from hiring the contractor to the effective implementation of the work process there are a lot of things to consider for a safe and effective commercial demolition. The entire process is stressful, tedious and complicated and therefore requires lots of expertise. Proper planning and preparation are required by the professionals that include gaining permits, maintaining safety standards and health codes. So, let’s start with hiring the right contractor.

Features to Consider

Consider the following features and aspects before you select a commercial demolition contractor:

  • Estimate – This is the initial step and most of the demolition contractors will provide you with free estimates.
  • Timeline – Ideally a demolition project is followed by a new construction. Therefore, you must know the start and end time of demolition so that you can start and finish the new project on time.
  • Safety – Consider the quality of service and the safety aspect followed by the contractor. Check the gears, equipment and insurance.
  • Permits – Experience and skill of the contractor will ensure best service. Therefore, check their license and especially the safety certificates issued by the government.
  • Cleanup – Demolition involves a lot of mess including debris of all types. Ensure that the contractor provides cleanup service as well.

All these will ensure best service and a quick start of the next phase of construction.

Plan Your Project

Before you start, you need a detailed plan of your commercial demolition project to ensure safe and faster progress. You must decide clearly what you want and how to do it. Demolition planning may vary depending upon the type of functions that need to be performed and you will need different specialists for different functions.

  • For tripping the interior, you will need interior demolition contractor
  • For re-designing an interior designer is required
  • For repainting and new cabinets, a general contractor is needed
  • For installing new appliances, you may need an installation professional.

Gather Project Info

Next step involves gathering all project information and details so that you can covey it to the commercial demolition contractor. Depending upon the project type the info will vary.

  • House Demolition – For this you will need square footage for demolition, materials used, foundation to retain or not, accessibility to neighbors and landscaping.
  • Interior Demolition – This will involve square footage, utilities to shut off, plumbing or electrical relocation, and accessibility to basement.
  • Concrete Removal – Once again square footage, accessibility along with thickness of concrete is required for this.
  • Pool Removal – This will require the size and depth, type of pool, material used, accessibility and water level to be drained.

The Safety Aspect

The safety and security of the commercial demolition project is primary for the workers as well as for the nearby structures and people staying in and around. Only a qualified and certified demolition expert can ensure safe and efficient job that is lawful as well.

Find out whether the demolition contractor is a safety management specialist and discuss about the strategy and preventive safety measures at length. Make sure that the contractor is able to meet your demolition needs as well as the safety standards.

Checks to Make

Most importantly, you must check the license and insurance of the commercial demolition contractor along with the pricing policy to eliminate chances of any unwanted issues and surprises in the end. If the structure is old, then it is not an easy task to get it demolished. In order to prevent damages to nearby properties and ending up paying for it always hire adequately and properly insured contractors. Lastly, make sure that you meet multiple contractors to get multiple price quotes for your task.

Published by Zac Ferry