10 Tips for Hiring a Demolition Contractor

Posted: February 14, 2014 in Austin Demolition Services
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Austin Demolition

If you’re doing extensive home remodeling, you’ll probably need to hire a demolition contractor at some point in the process and as an Austin demolition contractor, we know a thing or two about making sure the process goes as smooth as possible.

Here are our 10 tips for hiring a demolition contractor…

Find a company that specializes in the type of job you need done.

If you’re doing a home remodeling job, you’ll need a company that specializes in selective residential demolition. Call up a few local companies and ask them what they consider their specialties. Add the companies that specialize in selective residential demolition to a short list for you to do further research on.

Be as specific as possible.

As a homeowner, you might not know all the specifics of your job, but try to describe it in as much detail as possible for the contractor. At Dirty Work, we frequently ask our customers to send us pictures. Ask your contractor if you can send him or her pictures if you’re unsure about how to describe the job.

Make sure you can be home during the job.

Some demolition companies don’t require homeowners to be present during their jobs, but we encourage our clients to be present. Being present allows you to ask questions of the contractor and express concerns immediately.

Ask about all your needs.

At Dirty Work, after we finish a demolition job for our clients, we’ll haul away all the waste and make sure it gets recycled, but not all demolition companies do this. Make sure to ask if the company will haul away your waste and if there will be an upcharge for this service.

Demand a “green” contractor.

Did you know that up to 90% of demolition waste can be recycled? But not all companies will recycle this waste. Look for a demolition company that will make sure that everything that can get recycled does.

Ask for referrals.

If you don’t know where to begin your search for a contractor, ask friends and family members who have recently remodeled their home who they used. Referrals are one of the best ways to ensure you’ll be satisfied with your contractor.

Make sure the company is insured.

Shockingly, not all demolition companies have insurance. However, you should never hire a demolition contractor who doesn’t have insurance. If an uninsured contractor damages your home, you may have to take them to court to get them to cover the costs and if an uninsured contractor hurts themselves in your home, they could even sue you!

Check the online reviews.

Be sure to check the online reviews on a company before you hire them. If you’re going to be hiring multiple contractors during your remodeling project, you might want to consider signing up for Angie’s List. Yelp’s a great place to look for reviews also and now even Facebook is in on the review game!

Look for professionalism.

Check the company for signs of professionalism. Do their employees wear uniforms? Does their website look legit? Is the company on social media? Have they made an effort to respond to negative reviews online? Do they have the right tools for the job?

Ask for quotes.

There’s a reason we put pricing last on the list; it’s natural to want to go with the cheapest contractor available, but often you get what you pay for. Don’t hire any contractor that can’t be verified online or gives off less than a professional vibe. Make sure the contractor meets all your standards, using the guidelines above, before you begin price shopping.

By following these 10 tips for hiring a demolition contractor, you can ensure that you’re remodeling job will go as smooth as possible.

And if you have any more questions, you can find Dirty Work on Facebook, Twitter or Google+. We’re always happy to answer questions!

  1. My wife and I are doing some pretty intense remodeling to our home here in Edmonton and we have been looking for demolition contractors to come and give us a hand with our project. We are really excited to get the ball rolling and see our design plans come to life! We have a lot of great ideas so it should be a great reveal when it is all done! Thanks for the tips.

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