Demolition jobs may seem chaotic and disordered, but there is a great deal of planning and preparation that goes into the destruction of commercial and residential buildings.
The safety and logistical aspects of bringing down a building dictate how contractors prepare for a project, from gaining permits to following strict health and safety codes. For these reasons and more, before deciding on a contractor for your project, it is important to consider many aspects of a contractor's qualities before going forward.
One of the first things you can do when deciding on a demolition contractor is to ask for an estimate. This first piece of information will give you a great starting point for the task of comparing contractors for your project, and most will give you this estimate for free. Once you have an estimate, it's time to move on to the finer details of a demolition project.
Completing a demolition job on time is particularly important because building project usually follows, and knowing when you can start this project simplifies planning a great deal. So, asking for a timeline from a contractor early on can tell you which ones are organised and forward-thinking for the job at hand.
References can be a great indicator of a contractor's qualities, with factors such as timeliness, quality of work and professionalism being important. Asking for a reference early on weeds out the contractors that have a chequered past and could cause problems for you in your upcoming project.
As with references, a safety record will show you who you can and can't trust. It's important to know that the people employed by you are working in a safe environment. Just as important is the safety of the general public, as people and properties nearby are particularly vulnerable to the hazards of a demolition project.
Demolition work is a dangerous job, which is why it's vital that workers have the experience and training to carry it out safely. Top on your list of priorities should be to ask contractors for proof of insurance and a license, which allows them to carry out demolition projects. These things will guard against liability for any accidents that may occur on a building site.
The planning and preparation that goes into a demolition project is detailed and meticulous, so a responsible contractor will show their worth in this stage of the process. Arranging permits and planning permission are some of the responsibilities that should be left to the contractor, leaving you available to fulfil your own commitments.
In the quotes that contractors draw up for you, look out for whether they will provide services for cleaning up the remnants of a job. Things such as rubble, damage and land need to be dealt with quickly and efficiently, and having a contractor who provides these services is much better than arranging the services yourself afterwards.