The real estate market continues to be topsy turvy with rising interest rates and scarcity of existing homes, so people are looking for homes that might not work entirely but that might be sitting on property that will. Demolition is a way to get the location you want at a price you can afford and a home that’s exactly what you want. Demolition, however, is not for a novice contractor; it is very dangerous if not done correctly. These are things to ask any service that you hire for your demolition to put safety first!
Are You Licensed and Insured?
When it comes to demolition, there is never a one-size-fits-all scenario, which means that things can go wrong quickly. When they do, it can be dangerous and expensive. Before you hire any demolition company, make sure that you ask about their license and insurance coverage. It is also important to go one step further and trust but verify. Insurance and licensure are key to keeping everyone safe.
What Is Your Experience?
Demolition isn’t something that you just know how to do. There are many different things that a professional needs to know, be trained for, and be capable of. You don’t want to find a company that’s just starting out. Experience is about trial and error, and the last thing you want to do is to be someone’s error. Before you hire any demolition company, know what their professional and hands-on training is. When it comes to demolition, knowing what you can touch and what you can’t is critical. According to the electricians at Morrison Electrical, before you take any structure down, consulting an electrical expert is highly recommended to maintain electrical safety. Only an experienced demolition crew understands when to call in other people for help.
Ratings and Reviews…
This isn’t necessarily a question that you need to ask a company before you hire them. Any reputable and established company will have ratings and reviews online that will be an excellent gauge of their trustability, skill level, and overall operations. Star ratings are very important, but make sure that you understand them correctly. It isn’t enough to see that they have five stars and take it at face value. Go the extra step to read actual reviews to see what people are saying, and pay attention to how many reviews they have. A five-star rating is really easy to obtain from one customer, but not so much from 100+.
What Is the Cost of Demolition?
When it comes to the cost of demolition, it isn’t something that you can guarantee at a flat rate. Every demolition job will come with different needs, labor hours, equipment, and complexity. Make sure that you fully understand what you are hiring the company to do, what they are responsible for, and familiarize yourself with the entire process before choosing. If you simply go with the cheapest quote, that can really end in disaster. There is a difference between “cheap” and “economical.” If you hire cheap, you don’t want to find out what that difference is.
What Is the Age of Your Equipment, and What Is Your Safety Record?
One of the most important parts of demolition is the equipment that a company uses. Demolition is a dangerous service, and if the company you hire doesn’t have the proper tools and equipment, or the equipment is old and not well-maintained, you are more likely to have an accident. The importance that a demolition company places on updating and maintaining its equipment is a reflection of how it invests in its customers’ safety and the concern that they have for its workers.
As we head into a New Year, if your house-hunting efforts have been for naught, then it might behoove you to find a property and build. Demolishing a home might be the perfect way for you to have the location you want, a custom home that’s just as you wanted, and all within your budget. If you are considering a teardown, contact Junk-in-the-Box today for a custom quote and to discuss your plans!