Sydney Home Show 2018

Sydney Home Show 2018

The Sydney home show plays host to some of the greatest business in the homewares and building industries and as usual Home Demolitions will be there. Home Demolitions will be located at stand H46, you will be able to recognise us by the large excavator we are bringing with us. Feel free to come take a look and chat to us about any upcoming projects you might have.

Trump's EPA to ease up on asbestos regulation.

Trump's EPA to ease up on asbestos regulation.

The USA’s EPA has recently enacted the Significant New Use Rule. This rule allows the government to evaluate asbestos use on a case by case basis. Unfortunately the new rule does not include the evaluation of exposure to asbestos in the air, ground or water. Asbestos has never been banned in the USA, however, it is tightly controlled.

New research suggests Carbon Nanotubes could be the new asbestos

Carbon Nanotubes, also known as CNTs, can be commonly found in household electrical appliances, bicycle equipment, and even tennis rackets! 

The material is prized for its conductivity - which is ten times that of copper- and its tensile strength - 100 times that of steel - so it’s not surprising that many have dubbed Carbon Nanotubes a ‘Wonder Material’.

The most memorable demolition jobs from 2017.

It's hard to believe that Christmas is just around the corner!

That's right, Christmas 2017 is less than a week away which means soon the new year will be upon us. Although no one knows for sure what the future holds, the Home Demolitions crew are pretty confident that 2018 will bring with it plenty more houses to demolish!

Blocks of land are back, baby!

Is the Sydney housing bubble over? This was a question on many people’s mind after housing prices suffered a drop of 0.1 percent in September, the first time housing prices have dropped since April last year. 

Sure, housing prices may have peaked but the Sydney property market’s time in the sun is far from over. What is occurring is a shift in what home buyers want and what is in high demand is changing. 

A daigram explaining the current state of the Sydney property market.

A daigram explaining the current state of the Sydney property market.

An ABS study has found that although overall lending decreased by 5.3 percent in September, the amount of loans written to buy a clean block of land has been increasing. September saw loans for a block of land reach a new record high of almost $8 billion. 

That’s right, clean blocks of land are back and in a big way!

Here at Home Demolitions we have always been big fans of the humble clean block of land and are are excited to see Sydney home buyers discovering what we have known all along!

So why all this new found affection for the clean slate? Well, there are several factors at play…

Buying blocks of land is back!

Buying blocks of land is back!

Firstly, supply is still struggling to keep up with demand and a lot of that new supply is in the form of apartments or semi-detached dwellings. 

Although there has been an increase in people choosing to downsize their living arrangements home building continues to run at record highs suggesting that the available supply doesn’t match up with the type of housing home buyers want. To put it simply, detached dwellings are in demand and there simply aren’t enough to go round. 

The freeing up of government land in Sydney’s western suburbs has also played a role, with previously unavailable blocks of land now up for sale.

We might be biased, but we have always been big fans of a clean block of land.

We might be biased, but we have always been big fans of a clean block of land.

And finally, demand for detached housing and clean blocks to build it on has been compounded by the increasing shift toward more apartments and townhouses in all of Australia’s capital cities. This drives competition and means new homebuyers are willing to build if the type of housing they want isn’t available. 

For homeowners unhappy with their current dwelling, renovation or a knockdown rebuild are also becoming more popular as a way of avoiding high house prices and stamp duty. 

Although we are obviously biased, we advocate for demolition over renovation as it is far quicker than long term renovation and provides you with a clean foundation to build your dream home on without being beholden to what came before. There really is nothing better than a fresh start.

To get an idea of how much it might cost to demolish your home check out our price guide.

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Asbestos awareness month 2017 kicks off today!

Today marks the first day of National Asbestos Awareness month, an annual month long campaign to educate the Australian public on the dangers of asbestos and how to best manage any asbestos they might have in their home. 

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Australians have a reputation for punching above our weight on the world stage. Whether it be in sport, the creative arts or agriculture, it is not uncommon for Australia to be near the head of the pack. However, one area where we don’t want to be leading is in the amount of people suffering from asbestos related disease

That’s right, Australia has one of the highest rates of asbestos related disease in the world. This is even more concerning when you remember that asbestos has been banned in Australia since 2003. In fact, rather than on the decline, the instance of asbestos related disease is actually on the increase in Australia. 

So, why is this happening? Well, even though most Australians are aware that asbestos is dangerous, individuals are still continuing to maintain or renovate their homes without realising they are exposing themselves to deadly asbestos fibres. Most at risk are home renovators and tradesmen. 

The theme of this year’s National Asbestos Awareness month is Renovating? Go Slow! Asbestos it’s a No Go, a catchy reminder of the importance of checking for asbestos before going ahead with home maintenance or a renovation project. 

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Throughout the month Asbestos Awareness Ambassadors, like renovation guru Cherie Barber, television presenter Don Burke, and actor John Jarratt, will be hitting social media, television and the airwaves to get this important message out. 

Additionally, local councils will be holding events, Blue Lamington drives will be held to raise money for the Asbestos Diseases Research Institute, and BETTY - the mobile asbestos education house - will be touring Tasmania. 

It is vital asbestos is only removed and disposed of by trained professionals.

It is vital asbestos is only removed and disposed of by trained professionals.

At Home Demolitions we regularly remove asbestos from homes all over Sydney. As a result we understand both the dangers and the importance of removing and disposing of it safely and are committed to helping to spread asbestos awareness and education.

For more information you can check out the offical National Asbestos Awareness month website.

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PLAN YOUR DREAM HOME TODAY!

Don’t get weighed down by the Time or Cost it takes to demolish your old home.

At HOME DEMOLITIONS we try our very best to make the process of demolishing your old home go as smooth as possible when it comes to the following;

REQUEST YOUR FREE QUOTE HERE!

CALL US NOW! 1300 045 355

Email: SALES@HOMEDEMOLITIONS.COM.AU


Demolition Secrets

As one of the only companies in the demolition industry to operate in a completely transparent fashion; Home Demolitions was recently selected to represent the Australian Demolition market in a not too distant piece for SBS's program Small Business Secrets. The upcoming insight covers an array of consumer focused questions and shares knowledge to both the demolition process but also the means in which it is performed and details some of the often overlooked components that make demolishing a house possible.

Demolition man!

Stay tuned to SBS this coming June to get a glimpse of what it's like to plan and execute a typical demolition project in Sydney's inner suburbs.

 

PLAN YOUR DREAM HOME TODAY!

Don’t get weighed down by the Time or Cost it takes to demolish your old home.

At HOME DEMOLITIONS we try our very best to make the process of demolishing your old home go as smooth as possible when it comes to the following;

REQUEST YOUR FREE QUOTE HERE!

CALL US NOW! 1300 045 355

Email: SALES@HOMEDEMOLITIONS.COM.AU


Sumitomo: The latest addition to the fleet.

Whilst a new excavator is nothing out of the ordinary for Home Demolitions, heck, we upgrade our machinery and equipment to keep up with the latest technology more frequently than some people change their undies! But, for the past decade or so, we have solely used Komatsu brand excavators and by all means, we still love our existing Komatsu models but every once in a while something new, something exciting, something outstanding comes along and it's simply too hard to resist.

Demolishing future

This Sumitomo is a middleweight multipurpose excavator which is absolutely perfect for pretty much all nature of demolishing, it has more than enough weight and power to bring just about any structure down whilst maintaining a nimble versatility that enables it to squeeze into even the tightest of housing blocks. Unlike other manufacturers of excavation equipment, Sumitomo includes a plethora of nifty tools and features ranging from a neat'o blade attached to the front (perfect for creating perfectly level ground) all the way through to an oversized cup holder which fits even the most super sized coffee without a problem. 

No wrecking balls here

Although brand spanking new, this gutsy little tracker has made a big impression on the Home Demolition staff with some operators waiting in line for a chance to take it out for a spin. We're looking forward to see how it goes over the next couple of weeks. . .  and who knows, maybe we'll go pick up a couple more! 

 

PLAN YOUR DREAM HOME TODAY!

Don’t get weighed down by the Time or Cost it takes to demolish your old home.

At HOME DEMOLITIONS we try our very best to make the process of demolishing your old home go as smooth as possible when it comes to the following;

REQUEST YOUR FREE QUOTE HERE!

CALL US NOW! 1300 045 355

Email: SALES@HOMEDEMOLITIONS.COM.AU


Beach is closed: Asbestos

Home Demolitions' artistic visualisation of the contamination effects.

Home Demolitions' artistic visualisation of the contamination effects.

Significant sand movement at George Town’s Lagoon Beach has uncovered asbestos material at the popular Northern swimming beach.

Parks and Wildlife Service found the material on Thursday and closed the beach indefinitely to remove it.

The material is believed to have been there for at least 30 years and is the result of the demolition of some beach huts that were formerly on the beach.

It is likely to have been there for some time covered by the sand but Parks and Wildlife regional operations manager for the North Stan Matuszek said the movement of the sand had uncovered it.
— http://www.examiner.com.au/story/4522764/lagoon-beach-closed-for-asbestos-removal-photos/

~ Not even the beaches are safe.

 

PLAN YOUR DREAM HOME TODAY!

Don’t get weighed down by the Time or Cost it takes to demolish your old home.

At HOME DEMOLITIONS we try our very best to make the process of demolishing your old home go as smooth as possible when it comes to the following;

REQUEST YOUR FREE QUOTE HERE!

CALL US NOW! 1300 045 355

Email: SALES@HOMEDEMOLITIONS.COM.AU


The Environmental Protection Authority's New Weapon Against Illegal Dumping

The Environmental Protection Authority of Victoria has just announced it's latest addition to it's Strikeforce against illegal dumping. Executive Director of Regional Services, Damian Wells stated that the implementation of aerial surveillance will enable authorised officers to prosecute offenders in ordinarily remote locations with low visibility. The program builds on the work of EPA’s Illegal Dumping Strikeforce – a program dedicated to reducing the illegal dumping of industrial waste such as concrete, timber, bricks and asbestos.

Home Demolition's artist rendering of The EPA's newest measures against unlawful dumping.

Home Demolition's artist rendering of The EPA's newest measures against unlawful dumping.

The unmanned aerial vehicles *drones* will be fitted with a range of attachments to help officers calculate the volume of waste on a site, detect ‘hotspots’ via the use of thermal imaging and even collect air and water for sampling. More than 350,000 tonnes of construction and demolition waste "often containing asbestos and other harmful substances" is dumped in Victoria each year at a cost to local councils in the millions of dollars. 
So, in a Orwellian era of environmental crime fighting coupled with fines exceeding $800,000 for the illegal dumping of waste without a licence, will the community start to see cleaner surroundings? I guess only time will tell.

 


Oh the irony: Asbestos of the week

In what is seemingly the least responsible manoeuvre that could be performed in a modern age of understanding asbestos and it's associated risks; A local man from the Northern coast of NSW has been issued a relatively small fine for crushing asbestos containing cement and repurposing it as aggregate for a new cement driveway.

Sydney Harbour Bridge: Asbestos Alert

The dawning of the Atomic Age following World War Two saw most of the western world enjoying a level of prosperity and care free lifestyles like no other - In fact, 1950s Australia was great; Petrol was cheap, Hawaiian shirts were in fashion and asbestos was rampant. Asbestos, as with most miracle products of bygone years (radium salts, lead paint, cigarettes) was hailed for its seemingly revolutionary approach to building and construction, offering lighter weights, greater structural integrity and having superior insulating and fire retarding properties. Soon, almost every house, school, hospital and business was being constructed out of the versatile asbestos cement board championed by multinationals like James Hardie and CSR.
With little surprise, asbestos managed to make its way into some of Sydney's most recognisable buildings and infrastructure. Previously, the Opera House was found to contain loose fill Asbestos based insulation (among many other things) and now it's The Sydney Harbour Bridge's turn to show us what it's made of. 
According to acting Roads Minister Duncan Gay, ongoing maintenance work by Roads and Maritime Services NSW revealed an undisclosed amount of asbestos was discovered at the northern point of the iconic landmark earlier this February. In a statement released this week, Mr Gay reported that “While it is not uncommon for asbestos to be found during infrastructure work, I would expect better procedures and guidelines to be in place for the escalation of findings, I have asked the agency to carry out a full investigation into this incident. This will include monitoring where excess material from the site was taken and how it was remediated.”

Sydney Asbestos

These findings are only further evidence of this potentially deadly substances prevalence in Australia, if 300,000 people can cross The Sydney Harbour Bridge each day and be completely oblivious to the structures materials and their potential health risks, just imagine what is lurking in the ordinary Australian home.