Austin demolition

Demolition seems like a pretty straight forward job. A few sledge hammers, a couple of bull dozers and everything comes down, right?

But it’s actually more complicated than that and we’re willing to bet there are a few things you don’t know about demolition such as…

Demolition should never be done by novices…

There are hundreds of how-to demolition articles on the web designed to guide homeowners in DIY demolition jobs. The problem is “selective” demolition, which would be the type you would need if you were remodeling your home, requires extensive knowledge. It’s not the type of thing you can learn on the web in an hour of research.

The articles make demolition seem simple, but what happens when a problem arises? You won’t have the knowledge or experience to handle it.

Or people without insurance…

Another thing the DIY articles fail to mention is that you need insurance for demolition. Your homeowner’s insurance will not cover anything that goes wrong in a DIY demolition job.

But even if you hire a professional demolition company, they might not have insurance. You must ask about the specifics of their insurance policy before hiring them.

Because you’ll pay for it…

So what’s the worst thing that could happen if you try to do demolition by yourself or hire a company that doesn’t have insurance?

Well, first you’ll have to eat the cost of any damage to your home or property. And as an Austin demolition company, we can tell you that fixing a botched demolition job is usually much more expensive.

But more importantly, you could be held legally responsible if an uninsured demolition contractor you hired is damaged on your property.  That’s right, you could be sued because the business failed to provide insurance to its workers!

Whether or not the worker would win, is a whole other issue, but you’ll still have to deal with the headache that comes with being sued.

And it’s likely someone could get hurt…

Demolition is dangerous in the hands of a novice. Selective demolition of a house turns your home into a job site and it must be treated as such. Extensive safety measures should be taken.

Demolition contractors frequently run into problems such as lead paint or asbestos. If you don’t know how to recognize these dangerous situations and remedy them, you’re exposing yourself to serious risk.

There’s also the risk of damage due to falling walls, shattered glass and more.

For these four reasons, demolition is best left in the hands of the professionals. For more information on experienced and insured Austin demolition contractors, find Dirty Work on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Google+.

  1. Tanya says:

    So how can I fine if a company have insurance or not

    • Hi Tanya,

      Ask companies about their insurance policies before you hire them. If they can’t tell you the specifics, then run! If you have mixed feelings about a company, you can also check out the BBB reviews of the company.

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