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Before You Consider A Demolition Project

Demolition isn’t as easy as you may think it is. You take a look at the garage, or on a larger scale, a building on a piece of property you are considering purchasing and think – that shouldn’t be too difficult. Before you consider a demolition project, there’s a few things we want you to think about.

The Planning Stage:
You know the building needs to come down. It may seem easy enough, but in truth, it isn’t. First, you must ensure that your demolition project has been approved. In Toledo, you can check with the city building department. If you live in one of the outlying areas, such as Holland, Maumee, etc., you need to check with them.

Here’s some things to consider:

  • What is the impact on the environment or wetlands during the demolition, and then the new construction?
  • Have you checked to make sure there’s no historical implications to the building or property?
  • If/when it comes down, are what are the implications for the surrounding community?

The Preparation Stage:
Permitting is the first step, but planning the demo will keep things running on an even keel throughout the entire process.

Cost Control:
We suggest that you have someone be dedicated to the cash flow, budgeting, and unexpected expenses. When you work with us, we are well aware of where your project needs to fall within your budget, and keep an eye on the expenses, as well. If we encounter any unforeseen circumstances, we will inform you of those before moving forward.

Building Inspections:
Not much can stall a demolition project like finding hazardous building materials (HBM). Things like asbestos or lead paint can bring your project to a grinding halt. Regulated abatement is a must if HBM’s are discovered during the demolition. That is one place where your budget will take a hit. The best way to avoid those little surprises is with a complete building inspection beforehand.

Rarely is a building razed where there’s not been items left behind. What is your plan of disposal of items like desks, chairs, or other office furniture? Items that are reusable, we suggest you take to a local donation center such as Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, or Goodwill.  Printers, computers, or other technology should be recycled.

Before you toss things in the trash, here’s a list of things that should not enter a dumpster:

  • Ignitable (silicon-based caulking products, charcoal, automotive fluids, oxygen tanks)
  • Corrosive (alkaline batteries, hydrogen peroxide)
  • Reactive (chlorine bleach, ammonia)
  • Toxic/Poison (fluorescent light bulbs, rat poison, fertilizer)

Check with the city to find out where you can take any hazardous materials for proper disposal. We suggest first you salvage, then recycle, with the last resort being the landfill.

The Demolition Stage:
You’ve made it through the paperwork, the budget is set, the building has been inspected, and inventory has been properly removed.  Now, it’s time for the building to come down.

Working with us guarantees that we have all the correct equipment. We have the right cranes, wrecking balls, sledge hammers, etc. to ensure the project is done professionally, cleanly, and within the proper timeline. We ensure the safety of our employees, as well as anyone else on the property at the time of take down. Safety is our #1 priority.

Before you consider your demolition project, give us a call, and one of our professionals will come out and go over your ideas, and give you an estimate before you tear into it yourself.

7 thoughts on “Before You Consider A Demolition Project”

  1. Angela Waterford

    It’s a good thing you said that permitting is the first step towards a demolition project so I’ll be sure to coordinate with a demolition company to help me with that so I can demolish the building that I recently bought. I suppose I should consider cost control as well so that we won’t overspend on this project. If there are building inspections to be done, I’ll make sure that it’s made as soon as possible so that the buildings around us will be safe once we start the demolition.

  2. Angela Waterford

    It’s true that demolition projects are not as easy as one may think. I think that there are some things I should consider before I decide to go through with the process of demolishing my old house. I’ll be sure to consult with a demolition company about the preparation of the project so that things will be smooth once we begin the demolition.

  3. You make a good point that you should donate the items from a building that are reusable. I can imagine that being able to reuse items that would otherwise just be destroyed is great for the environment. I will be sure to remember this if someone I know ends up needing to demolish a building.

  4. You make a good point that you should donate the items from a building that are reusable. I can imagine that being able to reuse items that would otherwise just be destroyed is great for the environment. I will be sure to remember this if someone I know ends up needing to demolish a building.

  5. That’s a good idea to donate any leftover items in the building that is being demolished. That way some other people could make good use of them. I’ll have to keep that in mind if I need to demolish an older building to make room for a new one.

  6. It’s good to know that you should consider the destructibility of objects when demolishing something. My wife and I never knew that light bulbs can be toxic when broken! We’ll be sure to clear out our home before we start a demolition project.

  7. I can see how a business could really benefit from getting the right demolition for their building in order to be more effective. Making sure that they can get some help from a professional could allow them to be more effective. It was interesting to learn about how they should know where to put hazardous materials that are ignitable, corrosive, reactive, or toxic.

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