Austin Demolition: 5 Reasons to Reconsider DIY Demolition

Posted: June 12, 2013 in Austin Demolition Services
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Austin Demolition

Demolition requires advanced expertise.

As an Austin demolition company, we sometimes get potential customers who inquire about our demolition services and then wonder, “Can’t I just do this on my own?”

Well technically, yes, but doing demolition on your own is not as simple as the numerous articles posted online would have you believe. Here are five things to consider before you decide to do your home demolition yourself.

#1 – Level of Expertise

Selective demolition jobs, such as demolishing a bathroom or kitchen for remodeling, require a great deal of expertise. If you aren’t experienced with demolition, you’re probably better off hiring a demolition contractor. If you decide to follow online instructions, you may just find yourself half way through the project with a question and no one to answer it!

#2 – Potential for Mistakes

So what happens when you do have a question and no one to answer it? Well you’ll have to figure it out yourself and if you make the wrong choice, it will cost you financially. If you have to bring in a contractor to fix your mistake, you’ll likely end up paying more than you would have paid to hire a demolition contractor to begin with. And sometimes, mistakes made during DIY demolition are completely irreversible.

#3 – Safety Issues

There are several risks associated with demolition. Walls can collapse. Glass can shatter. You could run into asbestos or lead paint in older houses. There are literally dozens of safety hazards that come with demolition and if you don’t know how to handle these things, you could get seriously injured.

#4 – Lack of Insurance

And if you do get injured or if you damage your property, you’re probably SOL. Demolition companies are required to carry insurance, but your homeowner’s insurance won’t cover damage from DIY demolition.

#5 – Amount of Time & Labor

Successful and safe demolition can take a lot of time and be very tiring physically. But if you run out of time and energy, you can’t just stop a demolition project. Leaving a demolition job site unfinished, especially one that’s in your home, is very dangerous. Children and pets can easily hurt themselves on tools, sharp edges, or anything else.

So is DIY demolition a good idea? If you have the expertise, knowledge, insurance, time and energy, you might be able to pull it off on your own, but the vast majority of people won’t have these things. For those people we recommend contacting a local demolition contractor.

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