Before anything can be disturbed, it must be tested. Under today’s WCB regulations, that testing must be done by an authorized third party, and cannot be undertaken by the property owner or the general contractor directly. Hiring a testing firm can be expensive, and dealing with discovered asbestos or other hazardous contaminants is even more expensive. It’s important to do this testing as early as possible so that costs can be budgeted for.
WHAT TO EXPECT
If an entire building needs to be removed, heavy equipment and machinery will be brought in to crush the structure and haul it away to be sorted and disposed of. Municipal services would need to be disconnected or capped off prior to a complete building demolition. There are often service fees charged by your service providers for disconnection and reconnection. Once the demolition starts, it all comes down and is removed in the span of only a few days. Generally, a lot of the same equipment can stay on site and be used to continue to the excavation stage.
If you’re undertaking a renovation, your demolition is going to be a lot more manual. Depending on the type of renovation, a crew will come in to strip out every part of the structure necessary to prepare for the new construction. This could take one person a single day, or many people many weeks, depending on your project requirements.
Previously unseen inner workings of a building are exposed and it’s common to see things we don’t like or expect. Often this first phase is where unexpected costs are revealed in the form of:
- Additional structural needs exposed
- Discovered water infiltration and/or rot & mold
- Faulty or non-compliant electrical systems uncovered
- Faulty or non-compliant plumbing uncovered
- Unusual previous construction methods in general
Now that we’ve cleared out the old, it’s time to bring in the new!
It’s nice to let your neighbours know what your plans are! Demolition will create a lot of dust and noise, so give everyone some advanced warning.