If you are considering having your home partly demolished so it can be remodelled or completely demolished so you can rebuild from scratch, you may be keen to get started. However, there are a number of things you should carefully consider before you call in the bulldozer and wrecking ball. Below is a guide to 3 things you need to investigate before starting work.
By its very nature, demolition of a property will result in the walls and internal cavities being smashed and broken into pieces. However, if your property contains asbestos, you will need to have this removed by a professional contractor before demolition work can begin. Asbestos fibres are highly hazardous if inhaled. You should have your home inspected for asbestos before demolition work begins. If any asbestos is located, you should contact a professional removal service. Once the asbestos has been removed, they will be able to issue you with a certificate which you may need to submit when applying for a permit to allow demolition.
Although you own the property you wish to demolish, you may still need to seek a permit before you begin. Different Australian states and territories have different requirements that detail when a permit is required. However, if your home contained a hazardous substance such as asbestos or is located in an area of high population, it is likely to will need to apply to your local urban planning department for a demolition permit. If you carry out a demolition without the correct permit in place, you could face legal action.
High Value Fixtures and Fittings
If you live in an old property, it is possible that it may still contain original fixtures and fittings. These vintage features such as an original fireplace, marble staircase or vintage doors may potentially be high valve items which could be salvaged and sold at auction. Private buyers and collectors often visit auctions in search of original fittings. If you are unsure if your home has a high valve fixture or fittings you should call in an expert from an auction house who will be able to offer advice and a valuation of the features.
If you have any questions or concerns about the process of home demolition, you should contact a professional demolition company. They will be able to assess your property, offer advice and carry out any necessary work to ensure that your home demolition is a complete success.