So You Want To Demolish a House Part Five: Clearance And Excavation

For the uninitiated, demolishing a house can be a daunting task. There are countless factors that can effect the time and cost of your demolition job, lots of paper work to sign and then there’s the actual structural demolition!

To make the whole process a little less daunting we have put together a series of blogs called 'So you want to demolish a house'. Each instalment will walk you step-by-step through the process of demolishing - from getting a quote to the actual demolition.

We made it! By this stage your house is finally demolished, the soil has been flattened and the block of land is now flat and clean. So what happens next? 

 This block of land is clean and ready to be handed back over to the owner

This block of land is clean and ready to be handed back over to the owner

Well it’s pretty simple: if you are planning on rebuilding - which is why most people demolish - your demolisher will provide you with a clearance certificate to give to your builder. This certificate proves your block of land is safe, clean and free of any asbestos.

Due to the wide use of asbestos in Australia, even if a dwelling is asbestos-free it is not uncommon to find chunks of asbestos buried in soil. If your builder does find any asbestos contaminated soil on your site they will be forced to stop work until it is removed, delaying the project and costing you money. For this reason most builders won't begin work without a clearance certificate from a demolisher. 

Finally, before your builder can lay their slab and get to work, the vacant block of land must be benched and levelled to their specifications. 

Generally speaking a third party excavation service organised by your builder takes care of this; however, as well as demolition, we can also carry out these excavation services for you. Not only does this eliminate the need for another contractor, it also speeds things up and means you can be ready to build your new dream home in record time.

Demolition in progress of brick house in Strathfield

Well, that’s a wrap on ‘So you want to demolish a house’. We hope this series of blogs has helped you get your head around the wild world of demolition and feel a little more confident when approaching demolition contractors for a quote. If you have any questions about your specific demolition job, or the demolition process in general please do not hesitate to drop us a line!

Christof

Home Demolitions, Ryde, NSW, 2112

Christof is Home Demolitions resident media guru and content writer. His days are spent blogging about demolitions, brainstorming new ways to educate the public about the demolition process and photoshopping excavators into famous movie posters.