If you have an obsolete, old house on your property, you may want to tear it down. That may seem like an easy job, but before you hire a demolition crew, there are some steps you need to take so that you demolish the house in a safe, legal manner. Here are some ways that you can prepare to demolish an old house.
Get the Right Permits
The first thing you may want to do when demolishing a house is to contact your local permits office. Most towns and cities require that you seek a demolition permit before you are allowed to tear down a house. Every town has their own requirements and you need to allow time for them to process your permit. Therefore, it's important that you seek a permit as soon as possible.
If the house is covered by a local homeowners association, you will also need to check with them before you tear down the house. Some homeowners associations only allow demolitions to happen during certain times of the day and may require you to get a permit from them as well.
Get a Site Plan
An engineer or surveyor can provide you with a plan of your site that describes what is on your property. A site plan is sometimes required in order to get your demolition permit, but it is a smart idea to have one to assist your demolition contractor as well. The plan will outline all the buildings on the property, which trees are not to be touched, and alert the demolition contractor to tanks and wells in the area.
Have Utilities Disconnected
One of the most important things you have to do next is to have all the utilities disconnected. Not only do you no longer want to be responsible for those bills, but it is dangerous to have the utilities on and running when you start tearing walls down. In fact, your town may require proof of disconnection before allowing you to start demolition.
Remove Hazardous Materials
To keep yourself, demolition contractors, and your neighbors safe, you need to be aware of any hazardous materials in the house and take steps to have them removed before the demolition. If you know the house has asbestos, for instance, you need to make special arrangements to have that removed by professionals.
It is also a good idea to fill septic tanks or have them taken away, and to seal or remove any underground tanks that may be affected by a demolition.
With the information in this article, you can have a house demolished in a safe way. Talk to your demolition contractor, one like Syracuse Haulers Waste Removal, about more ways to make the process go smoothly.