What you need to know when looking for a demolition contractor
What to consider before hiring a demolition contractor
There are a number of steps involved in the demolition of a structure such as obtaining permits, disconnection of all electrical and plumbing components, submission of notifications, and the creation of safety and work plans. Careful planning is necessary in order to minimise incidents during the actual demolition of a building, that's why it is important to pick a contractor who has a proven track record.
There are a few different types of demolition jobs. When hiring a contractor, make sure that you specify the kind of demolition work you need so that the contractor can create a demolition plan specifically for your project.
Below are the different types of demolition works:
- Internal strip-out - the removal of everything on the interior of a pre-existing structure
- External strip-out - only the exterior of a structure is removed or stripped out
- Complete demolition - completely demolish and remove a pre-existing structure to make way for the construction of a new building
- Partial demolition - the removal of certain parts of a pre-existing structure
Debris removal is also an important part of demolition. Some demolition packages that contractors offer already have debris removal incorporated into it, so make sure to ask your contractor about this.
Equipment used in demolition
The kind of equipment used will depend on the size of the structure and the type of demolition job you will be doing. Below are the most common machines used in demolition:
- Excavators - equipment which features an arm with a bucket at the end, usually used for digging. The bucket can be replaced with various types of attachments that can be used for demolition.
- Scissor lifts - an elevated work platform used to reach high places and is ideal for indoor use
- Cranes - used for lifting heavy loads with the use of ropes or chains and sheaves
- Dozers - a crawler-type equipment with a metal plate used for pushing dirt and debris
- Blasting charges or explosives - used to implode a large structure
How much would it cost to hire a demolition contractor?
The cost of demolition packages from contractors may vary depending on the size of the structure to be demolished as well as the type of demolition job that you'll require.
Looking to engage with contractors for an upcoming demolition project? We have a team of hire experts who can give you some advice on finding the right contractors for the job. You can reach out to them at 1300 550 434 or you can request for demolition package quotes online from local contractors with PlantMiner.
We list a number of demolition contractors from across Australia. Select your city below for quotes: