When a homeowner wants to do a remodel on their home, demolition is naturally part of the process. Before you begin any large demolition project for a residential client, pass these 3 tips along to them to help make the process much easier.
Homeowners may believe they can continue living in their home while sections of their property are torn down for a rebuild. Advise them that noise, high construction traffic, and messes that are naturally caused by debris can make doing so not only uncomfortable, but potentially unsafe. Explain to homeowners that even if they relocate to other areas of the home while a demolition is going on, they can still be disrupted by power and water lines needing to be shut off, large construction equipment they will have to keep kids and pets away from, and other issues. Let them know that temporary housing is best to allow you to get the work done as effectively and quickly as possible.
Advise homeowners that they should get an asbestos inspection done many weeks prior to beginning the demolition project. Older homes are especially at risk for dangerous asbestos, and if it is found, you will be unable to continue with any demolition or construction projects until the issue is cleared up. Let homeowners know that you need a clean report prior to moving forward. Having them do the inspection early allows them to repair any problems with negative reports without interrupting your scheduled demo dates.
Let homeowners know that certain building materials such as windows, wood panels, and even siding can be recycled or donated. You want to know in advance if the homeowner wants to keep these items in storage for future projects or if they want to donate them or recycle them for a tax write-off or to make some money. If you remove recyclable items for free to use later in your own construction company, make the homeowner aware so you can discuss possible discounts for the items you remove that are reusable.
Many people have no idea what goes into a large or small demolition project for their homes. The more you can fill your residential customers on how the process can affect them and what they need to do, the easier the demo project can be. Meet with the homeowner prior to beginning any work so they are clear on how long the project will take and what it entails to avoid potential confusion.Share