Knocking down a house is sometimes the first way in ensuring that you get the house of your dreams. First of all, when building a place, your customization options are limitless (or as much as your budget allows it). Still, in order to erect a new home, you must tear down the old one. Also, if the home was built decades ago, chances are that some of the construction elements possess materials that are quite hazardous (lead, asbestos, etc.).
Finally, you can renovate the place only so many times. After a while, a new construction simply becomes more cost-effective. Here are 7 must-follow tips for a perfect house knockdown.
1. Understand why it’s a good thing
First of all, you need to understand why knocking down your house is such a good idea, to begin with. You see, the entire process is so long and arduous that you’ll repeat the question of whether it’s worth it every single day. Therefore, you need to know, beyond the shadow of the doubt, that this is the best course of action.
The pro-knockdown arguments are actually quite numerous and compelling. Sometimes removing it increases the property value. Also, an old home may be a potential fire hazard, which means that removing it might actually be in the public’s best interest. Most often, however, you’ll demolish the building in order to build your dream house in its place. In some scenarios, it will also be more cost-effective.
2. Consider all the regulations
You can’t just go out there and knock down the place, even if you own it. You first need to get all the necessary permits. For starters, you need to check with the local authorities whether the place that you intend to demolish has a special (historically significant) status. If that’s the case, you might not be able to get all your permits.
A demolition permit is different from one municipality to another. It is especially important if you intend to demolish a place that’s adjoined to other buildings. If the place is smaller than 50 cubic meters (a domestic building like a shed or a garage), you may not need the permit, to begin with.
There’s one more thing you need to take into consideration, which is leaving the original (existing) foundation and rebuilding it in its place. This may make you eligible for a special type of mortgage loan, which is worth considering.
3. Put safety first
The simplest way to handle this would be to handle residential demolition specialists. This way, everything is taken care of by professionals with years and years of experience in the field. This crew will ensure that there’s no toxic waste, shards of metal, and similar materials in the vicinity. It’s not just about the hazard of the demolition itself, you also need to make sure that the aftermath is as clean as possible.
Other than experience and knowledge on the subject matter, professional demolitionists also provide professional tools and equipment. You can’t even buy these tools, seeing as how you would need a special permit/license/training to obtain and use them. Remember that these tools are, on their own, quite dangerous.
4. Think about the debris
The next thing you need is to think about all the debris and how you’re going to depose of it. Now, if we’re talking about sensitive materials, you might have to be extra careful and do some research on how you can do it in the safest way possible. Hiring a skip bin for the sake of the project might be a good idea but knowing what next is even more important. Moreover, hiring professional demolitionists might sort this issue. In other words, there’s always a way around it.
5. Talk to your neighbors
Sure, you may not need consent from your neighbors to demolish your own home but talking to them prior to work is always a good idea. Remember, it’s going to affect their lives as well and you want to keep living there after the reconstruction. It’s your obligation and in your best interest to be as considerate as humanely possible. Just make sure that you tell them early on so that they can prepare. It’s not that they’re going to do anything about it but waiting for too long can sometimes be seen as inconsiderate. That’s it.
6. Remove trees and vegetation
If your future plans differ too much from the previous layout of the property, you might have to remove some vegetation, as well. These things are usually best done together. In terms of permits, as long as the tree is completely on your property and it’s not vegetation under a protection order, you won’t need to look for special permits. Just make sure that you stay on your property while removing it. Of course, you could always ask your neighbor’s permission if you need it. Also, seeing as how this is potentially dangerous, you might want to hire a good arborist to handle it instead.
7. Always be two steps ahead
The last thing you need to understand is that you’re not demolishing property just to demolish it. What you’re looking for is probably to rebuild or repurpose the property. Always have the next move planned and the next stage agreed on and negotiated. Keep in mind that there are always some delays, which is something you want to avoid as much as possible. Ideally, the first construction crew would move in as soon as the demolition process is finished. This tight timetable would finalize the entire project as soon as possible.
In the end, building a new place is never a bad idea, as long as you can afford it. It maximizes the value of your property, ensures that you get a dream home (without making compromises and adjustments), and it makes sure that your house is as energy-efficient as you want it to be. However, it takes a lot of work and stress to get to that point. Making the first step right is the best way to approach this situation.