Movies and TV shows would have you believe that residential property demolitions are as simple as blowing down buildings with a wrecking ball or explosive devices. But the reality is far more complicated than that. Interior demolitions in particular, require a great deal of experience, planning, and preparation to ensure they go off safely and without a hitch. What is an interior demolition, and how can you aptly prepare for one?
It’s important to know that not all demolitions require tearing down entire structures. Often, only certain parts of a structure need to be demolished either for repairs, renovations, or upgrades. Interior demolition refers to removing or demolishing a part of a structure on the inside to make necessary or desired improvements while keeping the exterior intact. This can include tearing down walls, removing old cabinetry, and removing damaged flooring and subfloor.
How to Prepare for Interior Demolition
Regardless of the size of the interior demolition project, preparation is of the upmost importance. No matter how safe you think you’re being, there’s always the chance that something can go wrong in the process, and you need to take all precautions possible to prevent injury and damaging parts of the property that are not part of the demolition.
Determine the Type of Demolition You Need
The first step in the interior demolition process is to come up with a feasible demolition plan. A demolition plan provides a detailed outline covering every step of the process from start to finish. This will help keep you organized and on track as you tick various tasks off your list.
Part of the planning process involves determining what type of demolition the project requires. There are two types:
- Mechanical Demolition: This consists of hydraulic excavators and other types of heavy machinery to tear down the portions of the structure that need repair or removal. Large onsite trailers or dumpsters are then used to remove the unsalvageable debris from the property. Materials that remain in decent or good condition can most likely be repurposed or reused to cut down costs. Mechanical demolitions are the most common and affordable type, typically costing between $4,000 and $14,000 depending on the size of the job.
- Manual Deconstruction: This is a more time-consuming technique, but it’s also more environmentally friendly because it allows you to salvage and reuse more of the materials that are being removed. This process involves manually deconstructing portions of the structure that require repair or replacement.
Find a Suitable Contractor
Once you’ve determined the type of demolition you need for your interior redesign project, it’s time to find a suitable and experienced contractor who can help bring your vision to life.
Be sure to check their credentials and ask for pictures of their past work. If possible, see if you can contact their previous customers to get a firsthand account of what it was like working with that particular contractor or look up online reviews and comments about their business.
Professionalism, courtesy, customer satisfaction, and high-quality work and affordability are just some of the criteria you should consider. Don’t hesitate to schedule an onsite consultation with two different contractors and tell them what you want to do. Choose the contractor with the characteristics or values that are important to you and with whom you are more comfortable.
Get the Property Professionally Inspected
Before commencing any interior demolition project, it’s essential to get your property professionally inspected for mould, asbestos, water damage, etc. A property inspection will help save you a lot of money and stress later on during the renovation and reconstruction phases because it can help unveil potential problem spots from the beginning. That way, your contractor can adequately assess the amount of work needed at the onset and provide you with a more complete and fairer quote. This makes for fewer surprises in the future.
Property inspections can also indicate whether the property is structurally sound enough to renovate or if it needs to be completely demolished and rebuilt.
Get the Necessary Permits
Each region or municipality has its own unique set of by-laws and regulations for demolishing and reconstructing residential or commercial properties. To avoid facing legal and personal liability issues, it’s important to make sure you have all of the necessary permits from your local town or city before starting an interior demolition project. Failing to do so could result in potential legal issues for you down the line.
Disconnect the Gas, Sewage, and Electrical Connections
All utilities, including gas, sewage, and electrical connections should be disconnected appropriately before starting any interior demolition project. This will help you avoid extreme property damage and potential injury.
Check for Potential Safety and Health Risks
In particular, older properties carry a higher risk of having potential health and safety issues, primarily if they haven’t been properly maintained over the years. Before performing interior demolitions, it’s vital to check for the following common structural problems thoroughly:
- Asbestos, which is harmful when inhaled in the form of dust and can remain trapped in the body.
- Mould is a fungus that grows over long periods of time. It usually thrives in dark, moist places such as behind drywall and can lead to a series of health problems if it’s not removed.
- Lead is a heavy metal that can sometimes be found in household dust. Some home builders use lead-based products, which can lead to serious health problems such as lead poisoning.
- Rotting wood and rusted metals can sometimes be a breeding ground for harmful bacteria and diseases. They can also weaken the structural integrity of your home and should be repaired or replaced immediately.
Contact GTA Property Service Group Inc.
GTA Property Service Group Inc. provides top-quality interior and exterior demolition and cleaning services to all of our clients across Toronto and the GTA. Our experienced technicians are always ready and capable of helping you achieve your goals, regardless of the size of the project. Contact us today to learn more about our professional cleaning services or to book a consultation.