How to Prepare for a Property’s DemolitionThe preparation for demolition of a property is the first, and arguably most vital, component of the demolition process, helping to ensure no nasty surprises pop up in delaying the demolition or causing it to be cancelled altogether.
Legal Considerations When Demolishing PropertyTaking care of the legal aspects of the property demolition is key and getting permission and the go-ahead from your Local Planning Authority and other necessary bodies means that from the very outset, the formalities are taken care of. Furthermore, make sure the site is properly secured, to prevent travellers, trespassers and vandals from accessing the site, causing issues down the line.
What is Involved in Demolishing a Property?Knowing the process of what is involved in the literal demolition of a property will help in the ease of this process, reducing confusion and stress over the unknown aspects to the process. Knowledge of this will also make sure that little comes as a surprise to you when the process is actually underway.
The Demolition ProcessThe actual process of demolition can be summed up in the following stages:
- Cut off all services to the building, such as the telephone, electricity, gas, main water and sewer connection (more information about decommissioning utilities)
- Place site fencing and, if needed, scaffolding around the property
- Check hazards such as asbestos are completely removed from the property
- ‘Soft strip’ of all items that can be removed without heavy machinery, e.g. cabling, plumbing etc. whilst removing all doors, windows and linings from the property
- Strip the roof and remove any lead flashings
- Remove all fundamental structures of the property, including trusses and joists
- Demolition of walls and general destruction of foundations to the property