What to Do Before a House Demolition?

08/10/2019

Whilst demolishing a house may seem relatively easy and a precursor to the real job of building, there are some factors that you should always keep in mind to ensure the demolition is carried out correctly and you can get started on your building as soon as possible.

The quickest, cheapest and most effective form of demolition is traditional mechanical demolition. This is the most common way to demolish a house and requires a hydraulic excavator and other machinery. Demolition jobs obviously create a fair amount of debris that will need to be cleaned and disposed of prior to commencing building. Most contractors will dispose of the debris and include this in their rate, but either way a demolition job site will always have a 30-40 yard dumpster present to keep the site clean, and the demolition debris confined to one spot.

In NSW, any demolition work must comply with the relevant standards in the Demolition Code of the State Environmental Planning Policy 2008 (the Codes SEPP). This conduct not only includes the standards the demolition workers must abide by, but also the requirements you will need to follow prior to engaging in any demolition work. It is a good idea to check these out prior to beginning demolition. Tasks to complete prior to demolition:

1.    Read Your Contract

Make sure you read through the contract prior to the demolition so you are aware of what the process will entail, and if you are required to carry out any tasks also.

2.    Find Your Certificate of Title

This will be needed at every point of the demolition process. This should have your name on the deed showing you are the registered proprietor and has a description of the land.

3.    Contact Your Service Provider

Call your service provider at least a month in advance. You need to disconnect and abolishing electricity and gas. This will usually take your service provider up to 20 working days to complete the request, so it is best to begin this early. Sewer cutting and sealing of lines may also be required (outlined in your contract) and will require you to organise a plumber.

4.    Contact Your Local Council

You will need an asset protection permit to protect council assets from damage during demolition. Some councils also require a tree permit prior to the removal of trees. This will need to be organised prior to even applying for demolition.

5.    Check for Asbestos

One of the last tasks to tick off before starting demo is to seek out a professional to inspect your house for asbestos. This is a precaution for the safety of everyone involved. This should be carried out in accordance with the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 and the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000, particularly for houses built before 1987.

Contact Rick Davis Contracting 

Whether you need to perform demolition for civil construction or residential construction projects throughout Sydney, Ingleside, Belrose, Palm Beach, contact Rick Davis Contracting now. Our team has over 40 years of experience and hold Restricted demolition license (DE2) and a Class B asbestos removal license to ensure your project is completed to the highest of safety standards in accordance with legislative regulations.

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