Whether you are replacing an old, dilapidated swimming pool with a new one, you are tearing down a broken down detached garage on your property, or you are planning on doing any project that requires the removal of a structure, you are going to need to hire a demolition contractor.
A demolition contractor is an individual who specializes in the removal of various types of structures. This professional ensures that the structure – whatever it may be – is properly and safely torn down. Since this job is so important, you want to make sure that you choose the best person to do the job. Before hiring a demolition contractor, here are a few things that you need to know in order to ensure that you pick the most qualified individual.
Find a few options
You don’t want to hire the first licensed demolition contractor you find. While it may end up that the first contractor you do find is the best person for the job, you do want to make sure that you have a few choices so that you can weigh your options.
How can you find potential demolition contractors? Ask trusted friends, family members and co-workers if they have worked with one and would recommend him or her; or, you could do a search on the Internet for professionals that service your area.
Once you have a list of names, contact each demolition contractor and ask questions before you decide who to work with. Key questions to ask include:
- Are you licensed?
- What is your experience?
- Do you have general liability insurance that covers the destruction of buildings?
- How do you ensure safety and efficiency of the demolition?
- What is the fee for your services?
- Do you take care of cleaning up? If so, is cleanup included in the price?
- Will you obtain the proper city and municipality permits?
- Do you have a cancellation policy? If so, what does it entail?
A licensed demolition contractor will have no trouble providing you with references. Make sure that you contact those references to find out about the methods that were used and satisfaction with the job that was done. Also, ask if you can see the work that the contractor completed; if possible, visit a site or two that the professional has cleared, or, at the very least, ask to view photographs.
Consider the information gathered
After contacting potential demolition contractors, consider the information that you have collected from each one. Compare their responses to your questions and opt for the individual you feel will best meet your needs.
Remember: Price isn’t everything
While you obviously want to get the best price, remember that price isn’t everything. Just because someone has quoted you a low price, that doesn’t mean that the individual will do the most efficient job. When it comes to demolishing a structure, safety and efficiency are paramount; if the price is low, but you are weary about how safety and efficacy, your best bet is to consider another professional.
Sign a contract
Once you find a demolition specialist that you are satisfied will be the best person for the job, make sure that you sign a contract. A contract is legally binding and will protect both you and the professional. For example, should damage to your property occur, other than the demolition of the specified structure, a contract will protect you from having to be responsible for any necessary repairs.
Remember, before signing a contract, make sure that you read it over and are satisfied with it.
If you are in need of a demolition contractor for any project – big or small – give us a call today! We are licensed and have vast experience with safely and efficiently demolishing all types of commercial and residential structures. We look forward to meeting your construction needs!