Hiring a demolition company is a big decision. You’re trusting the company to properly and safely demolish your structure and prepare the site for whatever is next. Demolition is typically a lot more complicated than most people think, so it’s important to thoroughly vet the demolition company you hire. Below are three big red flags you need to watch out for when looking for a demolition company.
The fine print can make a big difference when it comes to demolition jobs. If a company gives you a contract that short on details and leaves room for interpretation, you need to revise the contract or look elsewhere. The contract needs to clearly define the project’s scope, guidelines, budget, and schedule. This will ensure everyone is on the same page and serve as an arbitrator in the event of a dispute. The more defined the contract is, the better protected you are.
The best way to judge the quality of a demolition company is to look at their experience and check their references. If the company is unable or unwilling to give you references, call someone else. If you have the opportunity to speak with a past customer, be sure to ask about the quality of work as well as what they thought about working with this company.
It’s not uncommon to put some money down before work begins, but if the company wants you to pay for the entire project before they start, you’re talking to the wrong company. This warning also applies to companies who only accept cash payments. A real demolition company will accept multiple forms of payment at multiple points throughout the project.