Is It Time to Say Goodbye?
Most homeowners feel an emotional attachment to their property. Usually, when homeowners love their home’s location but hate the design, they renovate. However, some houses and properties cannot be restored and should be demolished instead. Property owners should contact a professional demolition expert if they are considering a demolition.
Signs a Property Needs a Demolition
Sometimes it makes more financial sense to demolish a property than to renovate it. Look out for the following indicators that a complete do-over will benefit more than a renovation.
The foundation of a structure is crucial to its long-term viability. When a building has a faulty foundation, floors will start to warp, causing uneven surfaces. Additionally, cracks may appear in both the interior and exterior of the brick. There is no way to fix a bad foundation. Over time, a bad foundation will make things worse. The weight of the building can cause unsafe conditions for inhabitants. If a structure has a bad foundation, the only way to fix it is to demolish the building.
If a building has been left vacant for a long time, or if it hasn’t been taken care of by its owners, it may very well have a severe mold or vermin infestation. Some infestations may be too extensive to solve traditionally. If that’s the case, homeowners may be forced to demolish the property to save money and time.
Rules and Regulations
Local Home Owners Associations (HOAs) and other organizations may have laws or regulations that restrict the height, width, and length of a home. If a property owner wishes to make renovations but cannot do so because of these regulations, demolition may be the only option. However, make sure to look up the current structure placement restrictions in the area. Those regulations may have changed since the structure was first built, leaving property owners with less land to build on than they thought.
No Room for Additions
Perhaps the local HOA does not have any restrictions when it comes to renovations. While HOA and local council regulations should be referenced, if there’s no room on the property or in the home to renovate, then the structure may need to come down anyway. Keep in mind the significant cost associated with demolition and rebuilding before making this decision. Knocking out walls or finishing an “extra” room such as the garage or basement may give property owners the new space they desire without demolition.
Old buildings often cost less in maintenance in the short-term. However, old buildings will not last as long as new ones. So, over time, old buildings cost more in maintenance and repair than newer ones. Some property owners who plan on using the property for decades to come may decide to demolish the building rather than spend the money on costly repairs. Be careful, though. Some old buildings may be considered historically significant. Property owners face steep fines and neighborhood backlash if historically-significant structures are changed or destroyed.
Too Many Renovations Required
If the cost of renovation is more than the cost of building a new property, it makes the most financial sense to build a new property. If the price of demolition is within budget, it may be the only way to make the building the way the owner wants.
More Marketable as a Vacant Lot
Sometimes a structure can make land worth less than it would be worth without the structure in the first place. In these situations, property owners may decide to demolish a structure to sell the vacant lot at a higher price.
The Demolition Process
If a property owner decides to demolish a structure on their property, there are a few hurdles to jump over first.
Get an Inspection
Property owners will need to schedule a building inspection as the first step to the demolition process. An expert will examine the building’s characteristics to determine the best method of demolition.
Acquire Required Permits
While many demolition contractors will aid property owners in obtaining the correct permits, property owners should verify that all applicable permits are acquired before the demolition process begins.
All existing utility services should be disconnected from the structure before demolition. Property owners and demolition contractors should ensure that all services are disconnected before the building comes down to prevent damage to city infrastructure.
Tear the Building Down
Depending on the structure, the demolition process will look different from case to case. However, most single-family homes are demolished in one of two ways: mechanical demolition or deconstruction. Mechanical demolition involves the use of heavy equipment while deconstruction is the demolition of a house by hand. Some homeowners choose to partially deconstruct the home by hand before having the rest of the structure demolished with heavy machinery to save money.
Haul the Debris Away
After a building is demolished, trailers or dumpsters haul the debris away. Now there’s a vacant lot where a structure used to stand.
Factors that Affect Demolition Costs
Some structures cost much more to demolish than others. There are a lot of reasons for this discrepancy in cost, including the structure’s size, materials, and location. Additionally, the quality of demolition contractors as well as the demolition method used can cause variations in cost. Traditional mechanical demolition is the fastest and cheapest way to demolish a house; it costs between $4,000 and $15,000 on average. Manual deconstruction of a home can cost two to three times as much as mechanical demolition due to the additional labor required.
How Can We Help?
Parker Concrete in Portland, Oregon, has decades of combined construction and demolition experience between its contractors. Parker Concrete focuses on customer service and high-quality work. Above all, Parker Concrete makes every effort to emphasize the importance of safety; warnings are posted, and local, and OSHA guidelines do all work. For a trusted partner in either a residential or commercial demolition project, call Parker Concrete today.