If you're remodeling your home or tearing down an existing structure to make way for a new one, one of the first steps is demolition. While TV home improvement shows might imply that all you need to do is start swinging a hammer, there are actually a few tasks to complete in preparation. Before starting to remove walls, take care of these details. 

What to Do Before Demolition Day

1. Have Your Home Inspected

The demolition process can create a number of health and environmental hazards, especially older homes that may have lead paint or asbestos. The property should be thoroughly inspected before demolition to identify any potential hazards, including mold, rotted wood, and hazardous materials. If these are present, you may need to schedule remediation before proceeding with the demolition. 

2. Disconnect Services

Prior to demolition, all utilities and services should be disconnected. This includes cable, electricity, telephone, water, and gas. Electricity and gas are particularly dangerous if they are still active, but leaving anything connected could pose a safety risk and potentially affect your neighbors' service. Request service termination several weeks in advance, and inform the providers of the demolition plans. There may be additional safety requirements they need to meet before you start.

3. Secure the Area

Your demolition contractor will likely take care of securing the area around the site, adding temporary fencing and signage where needed. Talk with neighbors ahead of time so they know what to expect and can secure their own property as they see fit.

4. Arrange for Salvage


It's likely that your home contains salvageable materials, including wood, doors, windows, fixtures, and appliances, that can be used for other projects. Discuss with the demolition contractor what you want to save, and make arrangements for it to be stored or picked up. You can also donate salvaged items to charitable organizations. 

5. Secure Permits 

Professional demolition companies are generally familiar with local regulations and will pull permits for the project on your behalf. However, don't hesitate to double-check the requirements and confirm that the project is in compliance. You may need to meet specific requirements in terms of notifications, noise, working hours, debris disposal, and other factors, and failing to comply can result in fines.


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