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Demolishing Your Home? Here Are 5 Things You Need to Know

It can be a bit intimidating to imagine the beloved home that you’ve lived in for the past 10-years getting demolished. Especially, since you’re the one who decided to do it.

Maybe your house is too old and you want to rebuild it or maybe you’ve decided to sell off your land.

It doesn’t matter why you’re demolishing your home, it’s still a massive thing to do.

That’s why we’re making it easier for you.

Here are 5 things you need to know if you plan to demolish your home:

#1. You NEED to disconnect existing services

Demolition can not start until you cancel all your existing services. This includes your water, gas, and electricity.

The reason this needs to be done by you is because of your service providers safety measures. It wouldn’t be safe if anyone could just disconnect your electricity, would it?

#2. Choose between mechanical or manual demolition

While mechanical demolition is much faster (imagine bulldozers and wrecking balls), it completely destroys everything inside the home.

Often times, homeowners like to salvage different materials. This decreases the overall cost as they can re-use the materials for their new home. However, every situation is different and you should work out the best option for your situation with an expert.

#3. You must have your property inspected by a professional

If you’re demolishing your home, the chances are good that the building is rather old. This means that dangerous materials may exist within the building (such as asbestos). This is why it’s required for you to have a professional inspect your property and find out if there are any harmful materials that need to be taken note of.

#4. You need to organise cleaning

Depending on who you hire to demolish your home, you may have to organise a separate debris removal service. This is often by means of ordering a skip bin to the premises and hiring labour to clean up the area.

#5. Depending on what else you want to remove, you may need council approval

One commonly requested thing to remove are trees. They’re big and often in the way. If you could just have them removed, you might be able to make more use of your land.

But it’s not that simple.

Depending on the age, size, and other factors of the tree — your council might not allow it.

You must get your councils approval before they can be removed.

Have any questions? Feel free to leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you.

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