Hiring A Demolition Contractor

Break Ground Sooner

Your construction project may not begin with a groundbreaking on your new building. Instead, many of these projects must start with the demolition of an existing structure. While many building contractors can help you with this process, it is often better to hire a specialized demolition contractor on your own.

Of course, most people don’t have knowledge or expertise in building demolition, which can make the hiring process a little complicated. That’s why we’ve created the following guide that details everything you need to know about hiring a demolition contractor.

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Know as Much as Possible About the Property and Structure

Understand that demolition contractors may specialize in different areas. You’ll want to contact the right contractor for your job. For example, if you have a large commercial building, you will probably want someone who specializes in concrete demolition.

Also, the more you can tell your contractor about the job, the better. Here are some questions to consider:

  • Are utilities on and still connected?
  • Will hazardous materials such as lead and asbestos need to be removed?
  • What is the structure made of?
  • Is there adequate access to equipment and dumpsters?
  • Will the entire structure be demolished or just a portion?
  • Is this an interior or exterior demolition project?
  • Are there buildings in close vicinity that need to be kept safe?

The contractors you contact will let you know if they can do the work for you. If not, they may be willing to provide recommendations.

Get At least Two Estimates

Your friends and family members may be able to tell you how much they paid for many different contracting services. However, not everyone has hired someone who specializes in structure demolition. So how do you know you’re being charged a fair price?

The best way to verify this is to schedule a minimum of two estimates. To be clear, this doesn’t mean you should always go with the lower estimate. Instead, inquire with each contractor about their prices and why they gave the price they did. You may determine that the more expensive estimate is the one you want to pursue.

Verify Your Contractors Credentials

Protect yourself, your business, and your property by verifying your contractor’s credentials. They should be licensed, insured, and bonded. Reputable demolition companies will be happy to provide you with proof of all of these things.

Next, ask for references. Ideally, they will provide you with contact information for other customers who have had similar work done. Finally, do your own due diligence. Research the company online and read consumer reviews. It’s important to get this third-party verification so you can make your hiring decision with confidence.

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Put The Agreement In Writing

All parties need to get everything in writing. Your contract should detail the exact work to be completed. It should have deadline dates and a clear payment plan. 

This approach ensures that everyone is clear on the terms and protects you should anything go wrong. Review everything carefully, and don’t hesitate to ask questions or get clarification. 

Demolition projects are very involved and often cost quite a bit of money. There is absolutely nothing wrong with having an attorney review the terms of the contract to ensure that you absolutely understand the details. Be wary of any contractor who tries to dissuade you from doing this.

Keep Up With Your End Of The Deal

Remember that your contractor wants to get your demolition project completed safely, on budget, and on time. However, there will be things they need you to do in order for that to happen. Of course, you should submit payments as agreed on. This consideration is important to ensure that work proceeds on schedule.

You may need to do other things as well. For example, your signature may be required as the property owner on some documents. 

Also, you will need to ensure that the property is cleared of people, vehicles, and belongings. This clearing is a matter of safety and access. Finally, you may need to inform adjacent property owners of your plans so they can make any arrangements they need to as well.

Contact Your Builder

Once your structure has been demolished and the materials removed, you may decide what to do next. It’s helpful to keep your builder or contractor in the loop during this process. You can ensure a smooth transition from the demolition phase to the construction phase by doing so.

E. Luke Greene Demolition in Tennessee

If you are in the Eastern United States and need demolition services, contact E. Luke Greene Company, Inc. We will provide you with an estimate in a timely manner. 

Our team specializes in all types of structures and interior demolition. We also offer engineered shoring, asbestos and lead abatement, roll-off recycling, and robotic demolition. We are happy to answer any questions you have about demolition and look forward to the opportunity to serve you.