5 Tips to demolishing an old home in order to build a new one

Do you have a house that you think is beyond repair? Or maybe you want to completely redesign an old home but feel that it’s better to just knock it down and build a new one?

You might think that demolishing a house and building a new one may seem like a complicated process, but if you do your research plan every step of the way, it does not have to be very hard. You might even think that it might be very expensive to build a new house, but in some cases when the repairs and renovations needed are too many, it might actually be more cost-effective to build a new house than doing a lot of renovations.

Rent an excavator

But before you rush in to knock down your old house, follow the tips below in order to make sure that the process will be as easy for you as possible.

  1. Rent an excavator – if the demolition project is small enough that you can do it on your own, start by renting an excavator. Just make sure that whoever will use it knows how to handle such kinds of equipment.
  2. Decide on what stays and what goes – you may be demolishing your house, but maybe some parts of your lot will be staying. It may be a tree in your front yard or a shed at the back. If you’re going to hire someone to do the demolition, make sure you leave explicit instructions so that there will be no confusion or untoward incident that may result in an unnecessary demolition.
  3. Make sure you have the needed permits – you cannot just do a demolition if you want to, find out what your city government requires and make sure you comply so that you can get your permit. You do not want to have any legal problem in the middle of your project. Don’t forget to also check what permits you will need when you start building a new home.
  4. Ensure that your gas, power etc have been disconnected – before you start demolition, do not forget to disconnect all the services mentioned above. If you are hiring a contractor, they might actually be able to handle that for you, just make sure that it is clear. Disconnecting those services are important as you do not want any accident to occur when there is heavy equipment being used in your lot. If you forget to disconnect the gas or electricity meter, an accident might happen when a pipe gets hit and people might get hurt.
  5. Have a waste container ready – if you’re doing a home demolition, there’s no doubt that there will be a lot of trash such as concrete, bricks, and wood. Arrange for a truck so that you can get rid of the trash right away. This is a good way of making sure that you do not cause your neighbors too much inconvenience.



2 Responses to 5 Tips to demolishing an old home in order to build a new one

  1. Avatar for Sandra Hexner Sandra Hexner says:

    Thanks for the great tips as we prepare to demolition our house. That is a key point to make sure that our gas and power has been disconnected. My husband and I want to buy this home, but we’ll have to start from scratch, so thanks for helping us understand and prepare for the demolition process.

  2. Avatar for Violette Lebrac Violette Lebrac says:

    Thanks for mentioning that some contractors can turn off your gas and electric for you before the demolition. I want to remove my garage so I have more space for a garden, but I’m not sure if I need to shut things off just in the garage or in the whole house. If I can find demolition services that do it for me, then I won’t have to worry.

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