Although a demolition job might look fairly straightforward and simple, there’s actually a lot of planning and coordination that goes into a demolition job of any scale. There’s a long list of safety and environmental concerns that need to be taken into account before anything happens. The method and final result of the demolition can have a big impact on how the construction project proceeds after demo is done. With so much riding on proper demolition, the following aspects need to be considered before hiring a demolition contractor.
This is most likely the first piece of data you’ll get to compare the different companies you’re considering for the job. Obviously, you’ll want to stick within your budget, but going with the lowest bid isn’t always the best idea. Price is important, but it’s not the most important factor.
The timeline of a project is incredibly important. Odds are you have a deadline for the completion of the new structure, and you can’t start building until you finish demolishing. Check to see if the company has a track record for completing projects on time to ensure they can meet your timeline needs.
Demolition is dangerous, and, despite extensive planning and training, accidents do happen. A non-negotiable for any demolition company you hire should be valid insurance so you don’t end up in hot water in the event of an accident.
Speaking of track records, talking with past clients and checking references is a great way to separate the wheat from the chaff. Ask their past clients what they were like to work with, if there were any major safety problems, and if they finished on time and on budget.
Every demolition company should do this, but it’s always a good idea to ask and get it in writing. See how much the company is willing to clean up after themselves and what condition they’re going to leave the property in when they’re done.
This checklist is a great way to find the right demolition contractor for your next project. If you’re in need of some demolition work, consider DT Specialized. We’ve been in the business for many years and have what it takes to get the job done right.