4 Tips To Have A Successful Home Demolition And Renovation

Posted on: 22 July 2015

Demolition and renovation of your home's interior can be stressful, especially when you are living in your home while the work is being completed. You want to make sure the work is completed on time so you can get back to your normal life as soon as possible. Because there are already a lot of problems that can arise in home construction work, you should do all you can to prevent potential problems. Here are four things you will need to help your demolition and renovations go as smoothly as possible.

Get Building Permits 

Before you begin to demo any areas inside your home, make sure to get the right building permits at your local city or county building. This permit gives you the permission to have construction work going on inside or around your home. If you do not get the appropriate building permits, you can get fined and have construction work stopped on your property for any amount of time. If your demolition has already taken place, then the rebuilding work will be put on hold until the proper permits are acquired. You can be without a complete home to live in for weeks while you wait for the necessary approval to resume the work. 

In this situation, it is easier to ask for permission first than to ask for forgiveness later, so get your permits approved before work begins.

Rent a Roll Off Dumpster 

To begin demolition inside your home to remove all the old materials and fixtures, you will need a place to dump everything you are removing. Order a roll-off dumpster to be delivered to your home before the demo work begins. Make sure the dumpster delivery company places the dumpster in a convenient place for you to toss the refuse, such as below a balcony on a two-story home or in your driveway. The demolition will take less time and energy when you or your demolition team are walking less and tearing out more. Then, the roll off dumpster company will haul the dumpster away when it is full.

You can reserve a roll-off dumpster in a size of 10 to 40 yards and it can be rented for as many days you need for disposing of demo refuse. The size of dumpster you will need depends on how many rooms you will be demoing. An average 10 yard dumpster can hold five to ten tons of materials, depending on the type of materials you are tossing into it. A 40 yard dumpster can accommodate the refuse from major home renovation or an entire home demolition. For more information on finding the size you need, you can visit http://parksandsons.com

Use the Right Demo Tools

You can get out some of your frustrations and save some money by doing much of the demolition work yourself. The average cost to hire out demolition services for a home interior is $2,975 and can cost as much as $4,621. You can tear out walls and remove old toilets and cabinets yourself to save some money that you can put back into your renovations.

If you are demoing the interior of your home, you won't need any heavy machinery to tear out the old materials. You only need several simple tools. You can use a crowbar for prying up nailed wood cabinetry, wood flooring, or old tiles. And a sledgehammer is great for tearing out wall materials and removing interior framing or support beams. 

 Make sure you wear the right safety gear, including safety goggles, work gloves, and a construction hard hat. If there is a lot of construction dust in the air during renovations, you may want to wear a respirator or other fabric face mask to keep the dust out of your lungs.

Remember Inspection Approvals

When any plumbing or electrical work has been done in your renovation, be sure to have the work inspected and passed off before you close up any walls. An inspector can and will cut holes into your new walls to view and approve any of the completed work. Then, if the electrical and plumbing work has not been completed to code, the work will need to be redone and you will have to wait for another inspection. During the wait time, your renovation work cannot continue.

Use these four tips to help make your home demo and renovations go more smoothly.