When you're ready to have your home demolished, the demolition company you hire will no doubt go over a checklist of things they need to cover with you, but it's still good to ask a few questions yourself. This will ensure you know what's involved and that everything is ready for the work. Note a few of those questions here so nothing is overlooked by the time the crew arrives on your property.
1. Ask about utilities
Since you know your account numbers and the proper utility companies to call, it will typically be your responsibility to call the utility companies and have the electric, gas and telephone service disconnected or suspended before work begins. However, ask the demolition company if there is anything else you need to do to ensure the utilities are shut off and safe during the work; this might include asking the utility companies to mark underground lines or to remove lines that run to your property.
2. Ask about outbuildings
If you have a garage, shed, water tower, water tank or any other such structure on your property, be sure you note this before the demolition company gives you an estimate if you want that demolished as well. If you do not want it demolished, you need to ask how to protect those structures from damage due to dust, vibration and the like. Your demolition company will also need to know where the outbuildings are located so they can know if their equipment will fit between the home and garage or if they will be able to move around your property in order to perform the demolition without damaging those structures.
3. Ask how to deal with any resultant dust
A demolition company will usually clean up the debris after the demolition, but there still may be a fair amount of dust left over on your property. Your demolition company may have some suggestions for how to deal with the dust and any other debris that is left behind. They might suggest you simply rake up larger chunks of materials that settled onto your yard, but you should always wear a dust mask or breathing apparatus so you don't breathe in the dust. A demolition company might also recommend a lawn care tool to remove dust; a lawn and leaf vacuum might work, but you may want to get a heavy-duty model so it doesn't get damaged from any larger chunks of building material that are mixed in with the dust. Ask the demolition company for recommendations so you know what to expect and how to safely handle that excess dust.