5 reasons the knockdown rebuild of your home smashes the alternatives.

5 reasons the knockdown rebuild of your home smashes the alternatives.

Many homeowners, faced with changing life circumstances, find themselves up against the problem of their house just not being the right fit anymore. Whether to remedy the situation with a move, a renovation or a complete knockdown rebuild (KDR), can be a confusing choice for homeowners. After all, no one wants to make a mistake with their biggest asset. That’s why, here at Home Demolitions, we want to share with you the top five reasons why we believe the knockdown rebuild smashes the alternatives.

Wildlife in the roof when demolishing a house. 

Wildlife in the roof when demolishing a house. 

Recently in Sydney suburbs such as Ryde, Gladesville, Denistone, Eastwood and surrounding areas, Home Demolitions has found some wildlife lurking in places that often get overlooked. Be it possums, snakes or even bats, we strive to make sure wildlife gets a chance to leave before demolition begins. In the event the wildlife doesn’t leave, we always contact the appropriate wildlife services so animals can be safely removed.

Do I need to empty my house before demolition?

Do I need to empty my house before demolition?

When demolishing a home often many household items are found left behind. This can be due to many factors be it renters leaving things behind, home owners looking to leave behind old items and start over, items being over looked or even items that are hidden away in cavities such as roofs, under houses or sometimes buried.

Thinking About Demolishing? Here Are Five Things You Need To Know.

Thinking About Demolishing? Here Are Five Things You Need To Know.

There is a lot more to demolition than meets the eye and although we certainly couldn’t fit everything in one blog post, here are a few pointers to get you in the right direction if you are thinking about demolishing. 

So You Want To Demolish A House Part Four: Structural Demolition

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!

So You Want To Demolish A House Part Three: Asbestos Removal

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!

So You Want To Demolish A House Part Two: Development Approval And Service Disconnection

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!

So You Want To Demolish A House Part One: The Quote

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

Demolition and the NBN

So, you're one of the lucky ones that has access to the NBN. You can get your cat videos extra fast, downloads done in a jiffy and dominate at online games without risk of lag. But what happens when it is time to demolish your NBN enabled property?

How Long Does It Take To Demolish A House?

Aside from costs, one of the most common things people want to know when they are considering demolishing their home is how long it will take.

As with a lot of these general demolition questions there unfortunately isn’t a simple or  ‘one-size-fits-all' style answer.

Early warning signs of termite infestation

They might be tiny, but a termite infestation is a huge problem -  especially when it is your house on the menu. Commonly known as white ants, subterranean termites, are highly organised and interdependent creatures that are capable of eating through the wall and roofing of a newly constructed home within three months. If nothing else you have to admire their efficiency!

Although well known for their timber eating abilities, only one type of termite in the colony is actually capable of digesting wood: the humble worker termite. Worker termites do this thanks to a symbiotic organism in their gut, called a protozoa, and regurgitate the processed food to the other termites in the nest. When venturing outside of the nest, worker termites travel in mud tubes to protect themselves from their ancient enemy, the ant!

Artist's impression of Termite/ Ant rivalry

Artist's impression of Termite/ Ant rivalry

Termites thrive in warm, humid conditions, so with that in mind it is not surprising that Sydney is a termite hotspot. Although they favour built up urban areas, all of Sydney is at high risk of termite infestation, particularly those properties in close proximity to gum trees. 

Sydney homes are at high risk of termite infestation - map provided by CSIRO

Sydney homes are at high risk of termite infestation - map provided by CSIRO

An infestation is a serious matter, since, as mentioned before, termites can eat through wood with incredible speed causing significant and irreparable structural damage. Such damage can even, in the worst cases, lead to spontaneous collapse - as recently happened to a termite ridden carport in Hawaii. 

This carport has certainly seen better days.

This carport has certainly seen better days.

It is worth knowing that most insurance policies don’t cover terminate infestations as they are viewed as a preventable problem related to home maintenance. 

So what can I do to prevent termites from infesting my home? Well, since hiring a rag-tag gang of ant mercenaries to patrol your house for termites isn’t exactly possible, a better option is to keep an eye out for signs of termite infestation.

Things to look out for include:

  • Mud tubes, which are small tunnels made from soil running along the outside of your house

  • Tiny holes in wood

  • Small cracks in wood

  • Termite dung, these look more like sawdust than actual droppings.

A mud tube - a common sign of termite infestation.

A mud tube - a common sign of termite infestation.

Unfortunately, early detection and extermination isn’t much use if your house has already taken irreversible structural damage due to termites. If the structure has been weakened beyond repair then only one option remains: demolition. As well as disposing of the termite infested structure and materials, demolishing allows you to start again on a blank, termite-free slate. 

 

 

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


How Much Does It Cost To Demolish A House with Asbestos?

If your house was built between 1920 through to 1990 there’s a good chance it contains asbestos. While some houses, like the humble fibro shack, wear their asbestos loud and proud, other homes have been renovated to conceal any asbestos. A preliminary site inspection can help to determine if and where any asbestos is located. 

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Regardless of where the asbestos is located in your house, it is important that it is disposed of correctly.  Unfortunately, this process is fairly time consuming as each element containing asbestos must be carefully removed, wrapped and then gently placed in a skip for proper disposal. Although tedious, there is no other way to safely remove unwanted asbestos (is there any other kind?). For this reason asbestos costs roughly three times the amount to remove as other building materials. The removed asbestos is then taken to a specialised site and disposed of. It costs roughly 30 cents to dispose of one kilo of asbestos (about $330 a tonne).

Fibro boards like these contain asbestos and are usually hidden between wood and plaster.

Fibro boards like these contain asbestos and are usually hidden between wood and plaster.

I get it, asbestos is expensive and time consuming to remove, but how much will it actually cost to demolish an asbestos clad home? Unfortunately, there is no straight forward figure as the presence of asbestos is just one of the many factors that can impact the price of a home demolition. Generally speaking, demolishing a one story family home containing asbestos will cost somewhere between $15,000 to $22,000; however, this number will vary greatly depending on other factors such as the material the house is made out of and the amount of asbestos present. 

The easiest way to get an accurate picture of how much you need to spend to knock down a house containing asbestos is to fill out our simple quote request tool. This takes just a couple of minutes and will allow our friendly staff to provide you with an accurate and obligation free quote.

Old sheds like this often have roofs made out of 'Super Six', a product that contains asbestos.

Old sheds like this often have roofs made out of 'Super Six', a product that contains asbestos.

All quotes include the cost of an asbestos certificate, which is required by council and builders in order for new construction to commence on the site of your demolished home. 

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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;

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CALL US NOW! 1300 045 355

Email: SALES@HOMEDEMOLITIONS.COM.AU


Demolition, Development Applications and Councils

With 30 different local government areas in The Sydney Metropolitan Area, each with their own specific twists and variances to the NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Act (1979) - it's no wonder that the process of applying to knock down a house to build a new one seems daunting to say the least. With approximately 18,000 new developments being approved in NSW over the past year alone, it's surprising that no one has yet managed to streamline the rigmarole of managing development, particularly for straight forward residential structures.

Demolition in Sydney and Council

Defined as ‘development’ under the aforementioned NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Act; Demolition of just about any structure technically requires consent of local Council. Exceptions are made for authorised works that fall into the category of ‘exempt development’, ‘complying development’ or under a Council Order.
Some demolition work is permitted under State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 as ‘complying development’. If you meet all requirements of the SEPP for ‘complying development’ you can lodge a Complying Development Certificate (CDC) Application with most Councils or an Accredited Certifier. 

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In saying all of this however, the exact specifics as to what may fall under The State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) (2008) is a subjective matter open to many avenues of interpretation. Further, the NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Act of 1979, as the year suggests is a little antiquated to say the least, with the majority of definitions pertaining directly to development of properties on "Crown Land" - so what does this mean for you, the aspiring developer, who knows? 

"Crown property!  I think not"  - Skippy the Kangaroo

"Crown property! I think not"
- Skippy the Kangaroo

 

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


Asbestos Cladded Fibro Homes: The demolition process.

#SkeletalRemains

#SkeletalRemains

Depending on the particular style of your home, whether it be double brick, vener, timber or a fibro shack - certain preliminary site works will need to be undertaken to ensure efficiency and safety throughout the duration of the demolition process. 
At the top of this to do list comes the removal of any asbestos containing elements or fittings of the house, commonly Australian homes built from 1940 through to 1990 will contain asbestos products within area most susceptible to prolonged exposure to moisture or heat "think of wet area splash backs and fireplaces or stove surrounds" whilst some homes have been renovated to conceal, contain or even hide these fibre board products, some simply display their past loud and proud, as is found in the essential Australian classic, fibro shack.

Fibro shed demolish

So, if any material that contains asbestos need to be removed prior to demolition, and the entire house is made out of fibro asbestos board, where does this leave you at the end of the day. Well, as seen from the images above and below, the answer is, not much!
Although painfully time consuming, there are no known alternatives to the process of carefully removing each panel individually, wrapping in a protective film and delicately placing each section in a skip for transport to a treatment facility. Whilst taking a little longer in prep work, the removal of remaining materials such as the timber frame and concrete slabs is generally pretty quick given that very little is in the way to stop the brute force of a 25 tonne excavator. 

fibro shack demolish

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;

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CALL US NOW! 1300 045 355

Email: SALES@HOMEDEMOLITIONS.COM.AU


 

How much does it cost to demolish a house?

Hypotenuse, Pythagoras - aaaargh, just knock down my house!

Hypotenuse, Pythagoras - aaaargh, just knock down my house!

"How much will it cost to demolish my house?" ~ Great question!
 

Well, if you're reading this, it's most likely that you're trying to get a rough idea on the cost of demolishing your existing house "presumably to build a new one" because, let's face it, there's a whole heap of varied information across the internet but not a lot of definitive answers.
 

But why is that? Well, the cost of demolishing any structure is subject to a multitude of variables which can dramatically dictate the total cost of the project, for example, asbestos contaminated materials are not only more labor intensive to remove, requiring the employment of trained professionals but also costs approximately 3 times as much to safely dispose of in contrast to other materials like concrete or timber.

Other factors range from the particular gradient of the property, the existence of established trees or plants, the placement of essential services like water, gas and electricity through to the properties proximity to the nearest recycling or disposal facility.
 

"Gosh! Just tell me a price." Anywhere from $10,000 to $80,000, these are the extremes of either end but for your average Sydney 3 bedroom home, you will be looking at around fifteen to twenty thousand dollars. 

You may be a couple years off beginning your new development, heck - you may not even have purchased a house yet but it's always better off knowing what you're getting yourself into because lets face it, you cant build your dream home until you remove the existing structures from your land. 


Our simple online quote request tool takes just a couple of minutes to complete and enables our staff to give a fast and accurate quote based upon our many years of experience and knowledge. Feel free to request your obligation free quote today!

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

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