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Things You Should Know about Demolition

Posted on August 7, 2017 at 9:30 AM

For many people, the popular conception of demolition finds its sources in news feeds of fantastically imploding parking garages or in the ultra-clean, ultra-quick demolitions on home improvement shows. Demolitions differ quite a bit from these tropes. Property owners from dense urban zoning in Atlanta to more suburban zoning and rural zoning outside of the city may need eventually to make use of firms offering demolition services in Lilburn, GA. To combat unrealistic expectations, property owners should know exactly what their demolition project will involve, so here is a useful guide for what you can expect from a variety of demolition projects.

Before Demo Starts

First, hire a professional, even if only for consultation. Your demolition project may seem small, but small errors can lead to long-term repair costs that far outstrip the costs of initially hiring a demolition company. Even with a consultation, a demolition contractor can give you advice for avoiding vital electrical and plumbing infrastructure, saving you lots of time and money. Second, be sure to make nice with your neighbors. Contrary to what you see on television, many demo projects are loud and can last for full workdays for weeks at a time. Property owners should come into a demolition project expecting this, and you’ll save yourself a lot of time, and maybe some friendships, if you help your neighbors prepare, too.


Almost all municipalities require different permits for different demolition and building projects. Don’t waste time and money by failing to get your permits before a project starts. This is yet another reason to hire a professional, local demolition service. Their expertise can help guide you in this, and they’ll often wait to set a date for work until they’re certain you have obtained the correct permits.

Contingency Funds

It’s hard to admit this, but you’re probably going to use your contingency fund. For demolition, the contingency fund isn’t set aside as a honeypot to add projects to as the work moves forward, but rather to account for costs impossible to foresee at the start of a project. Whether it’s asbestos, faulty wiring, or insufficient insulation, that contingency will get eaten up quickly. Try not to earmark it for anything else in advance.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Almost all demolition projects will produce some waste that can be repurposed for a new project. Before your demolition begins, set your sights on something – an old bannister, some shiplap, light fixtures – and make sure your demolition contractor knows to reserve them for you. Not only can these save you a few dollars in home decorating, it’s a great way to repurpose some older features in your project.


Tips on Finding a Quality Demolition Contractor

Posted on August 1, 2017 at 9:15 AM

If you have a project that requires either concrete or landscape demolition, it is imperative that you find a qualified and experienced professional who can get the job done professionally and safely, without any damage to your property. Here are some things to be on the lookout for when you are calling around to different demolition contractors.

Years of Experience

Not only should you look for a company that has a lot of experience, but you should look for a company whose experience is similar to the work you need done. The demolition and cleanup on a landscaping project, for example, is going to require a separate set of skills than the demo and cleanup on a general construction project.

Great Local Reputation

It is important to look up reviews online for the company to make sure you are hiring one that has been doing great work on similar projects in the local area for a lot of years. You can find a lot of information about professionals just by reading reviews from past and present clientele.

Ask about References

Once you have your short list of contractors that you are considering talking to, collect the contact information for several references so that you can call them personally and ask specific questions. Here are some questions that you should plan to ask the contractors’ references:

• What kind of work did you hire them for? With this question, you’re trying to find out whether the projects are similar enough to make the reference relevant.

• Were they on time? Find out whether the contractor was always punctual. You might also want to know what hours they worked and whether these were the hours agreed upon.

• Did they clean up after themselves? A good contractor should know that the time for cleanup is not after the entire project is complete but after each work day is done. Leaving debris out overnight can be very dangerous.

• What was working with them like? Find out what it was like to work with the contractor. Were they communicative? How available were they for questions and information?

• Would you hire them again? This is a very important question to ask any contractor’s references. If they answer no, find out why, or whether there were specific issues that they were unhappy with.

Collect a Few Estimates

To get the best price for your demolition project, make sure you have at least 3 contractors come to your location and give a written estimate. This will ensure that you are able to compare prices next to each other. Each bid should be itemized and contain a complete scope of work so that you can be positive that each estimate involves the same tasks.

To make sure that your demolition project goes as smoothly as possible, make sure you are asking contractors the right questions and looking for the right traits. The above guide will help you make sure you hire the most qualified demolition company in Lilburn, GA, for your demolition needs!