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A Safe Handy Guide to a Light Demolition of Your Home

In some cases, it is necessary to demolish a property. After a natural disaster or a fire, for instance, a home may be too damaged to repair, leaving you with no option but to tear it down. You may also have purchased a property with an abandoned or neglected structure, and you should start fresh by demolishing the existing structure. Whatever the reason, destroying a house isn’t as easy as it sounds. Even light demolition is a job that needs careful planning.


Two approaches to tearing down a house are deconstruction and mechanical demolition. Deconstruction is the process of removing a house by hand. At the same time, mechanical demolition is a more drastic approach where the house is destroyed, usually with the help of heavy machinery. After demolition, the debris is collected and removed. In some cases, materials that have value or can be reused, like copper pipes, lumber, and light fixtures, are salvaged.

You Should Hire a Demolition Contractor

You should hire a reliable company to avoid taking on the tedious task of tearing down or demolishing your home. Ask them questions, check their insurance, and check their safety protocols. Ensure they get the right permits and determine how long the job will take. If there are things you want to save or reuse, give them a list.

Before a Light Demolition, Follow These Steps

  • Contact your mortgage lender: Contact your loan provider before demolishing your home. It is important to get approval from your lender as they are interested in the property they finance. If you do not get permission for the demolition, the lender might require full payment of the loan. To avoid any issues, it’s best to contact your lender and discuss the details of your contract.
  • Acquire estimates from demolition contractors: If you plan to demolish a building, it is recommended to contact multiple licensed demolition contractors to get an estimate of the cost. Depending on the structure’s size, you can pay between $5,000 and $15,000 or more. For accuracy, it is best to get at least three quotes from experienced contractors specializing in demolition.
  • Get the proper permits: If you’re considering demolishing a house, you’ll need to check with the local building department or housing authority to determine if you need a permit. Do so to avoid the demolition being halted and fines. Ensuring you have the necessary paperwork before beginning the process is important.
  • It is important to ensure that if you hire a demolition contractor, they will get the necessary paperwork and permits for the project. The contractor will likely have contacts with the local government building departments that can help to get the permits needed quickly.

In Closing

Organizing in advance is essential for successful home demolition. These steps can help you reduce expenditures, save time and avoid hassles.

We’ll Do the Dirty Work for You

River Valley Junk & Demo can help you eliminate all the unwanted items and materials in your space without you having to do any of the hard work. We will come over, identify what needs to be removed, and take it away for you. Our team is experienced and trustworthy, so you can count on us to do the job- removal, clean out, or light demolition. Call us at (715) 781-9795 to learn more!

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