Treating, Repairing and Designing Timber Fences and DecksTreating, Repairing and Designing Timber Fences and Decks

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Treating, Repairing and Designing Timber Fences and Decks

Welcome to my blog! My name is Brenda, and I love designing homes and landscaping yards. In particular, I love implementing natural wood and timber into my designs. Last year, I put on new timber decking and added a fence. to our garden Through the process of working with a contractor and doing a lot of independent research, I was able to get just the type of decking and fencing I wanted, and now, I am adamant about taking great care of it. In this blog, I am going to cover a gamut of concepts related to timber decking, and I might into delve into some other posts about construction or DIY. I hope that you like my ideas!

Readying Your Home for Demolition

Are you ready to knock down your house to rebuild it? Whether you're starting afresh because the house is too small for the lot size, has structural integrity issues or has a mould problem, you need to prepare adequately for the demolition job.

Here is what you should do before bringing down any walls.

Talk to your lender

If you are like many people, you obtained a loan to finance the construction of your house. If you have fully paid off the loan, skip this step. But if you still owe your lender money, you'll need to seek their approval before proceeding with demolition.

Most lenders do not allow you to tear down a mortgaged home as it's the only asset they can foreclose if you default on loan repayment. If you need another loan to rebuild your home, it also helps to speak with your lender first.

Conduct a pre-demolition inspection

Although similar to a pre-purchase home inspection, a pre-demolition home inspection serves a different purpose — to help you identify specific issues that require attention before demolition commences.

If there are hazardous building materials such as asbestos-containing cement and lead-based paint in your home, they'll need to be safely removed and discarded.

Obtain a permit

Most local councils require homeowners to have a permit before tearing down their houses. Permits are issued to ensure compliance with the rules and regulations that govern demolition operations in specific localities.

It helps to use a contractor that can acquire a permit and file it on your behalf.

Empty your house

Before demolishing your house, you'll need to remove all your furniture, appliances, and personal belongings. As you empty each space, assess each item to determine whether you should store it or dispose of it. 

Getting rid of the things you no longer use will help you save money on storage costs and declutter your new home.

Shut off all utilities

After you have emptied your house, get in touch with your local utility companies to disconnect the gas, water and electricity. Disconnecting utilities helps to avoid potential hazards in the workplace.

Rent a skip bin

House demolition projects generate a lot of construction waste. Before demolition begins, order the correct type and size of skip bin and have it delivered to your property.

Be a good neighbour

Letting your neighbours know about your demolition plans is not a must, but it shows that they matter to you. It also helps them prepare for any disruptions they might experience when demolition starts.

Residential demolition isn't an easy job, but working with the right contractor can help you reduce the stress and hassle involved. Demolition contractors also know the safety protocols and procedures required to minimise accidents and injuries.

For more information on home demolition, contact a professional near you.