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The Ghost Town of Wittenoom

The Ghost Town of Wittenoom

Wittenoom is a ghost town, located 1425 km North of Perth in Western Australia via Newman. It is 460 m above sea level.

It has become famous for being a ghost town as it was removed from the Western Australia maps in 2007 and legislation was introduced to forcibly remove the last three residents in 2015.

RESIDENTIAL DEMOLITION FRENZY: TOP 5 SUBURBS BEING DEMOLISHED IN SYDNEY CBD AND SYDNEY METRO AREAS

RESIDENTIAL DEMOLITION FRENZY: TOP 5 SUBURBS BEING DEMOLISHED IN SYDNEY CBD AND SYDNEY METRO AREAS

Homedemolitions carries out demolition work Sydney wide. We service the Sydney City (CBD) area and surrounding suburbs.

If you own an old rundown home in a good suburb, right now you’re paying for it to sell for a knockdown rebuild.

HOW TO GET YOUR NEIGHBOURS ON YOUR SIDE WHEN YOU DECIDE TO DEMOLISH YOUR HOUSE ?

HOW TO GET YOUR NEIGHBOURS ON YOUR SIDE WHEN YOU DECIDE TO DEMOLISH YOUR HOUSE ?

Most people are fine with construction works in and around their neighbourhoods. However, most people like to know the who, the why, the what and the when of what's going on next door. Commonly, people will like to know the estimated start and end date of the demolition process. • The number of working hours per day. • Site start and finish times • Let them know if and when large machinery and vehicles are expected. • Is asbestos to be removed from the property. The staff at Home Demolitions are familiar with all of the usual concerns and queries from neighbours and are glad to take the time replying to emails or taking calls from any member of your community.  

Multi-million Dollar Fines for Asbestos Abusers.

Multi-million Dollar Fines for Asbestos Abusers.

If you’re considering a major renovation to your old home, or undertaking a complete knockdown rebuild, you will want to consider any asbestos or asbestos contaminated area very carefully. While the legal handling and removal of asbestos does present significant extra costs to your project, any attempt to move or dispose of asbestos and asbestos contaminated materials illegally will see NSW dumpers hit with massively increased fines after changes recently made to NSW government laws.

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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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