Commercial demolition is a big project. Not only do you need to find a contractor to demolish the structure, but you also have to make sure all applicable laws and rules are followed during the demolition process as well. You need to take the time to effectively plan the project.
Figure Out What Work Needs To Be Done
First, you need to know exactly what you need to have demolished and all the work that requires. Do you want anything taken out of the structure and saved before it is knocked down? Do you want to save any of the building material? Do you want to recycle any of the material?
You need to make a list that goes over all the work you would need a contractor to do, from saving specific items to removing any hazardous building material and the final details of getting rid of the debris from the project. This list will help you hire someone who can take care of all the details for you.
Get A Few Quotes
Using your detailed list, contact up to three commercial demolition contractors, and share your list of what you need. Allow them to come out and visit the site in person as well so they can get a better idea of what the project encompasses.
Then, you should be provided with a written quote. Look at the written quotes for each company and be sure to look at more than the price they charge. Make sure they can do all the work you need and look at the quality and type of service they offer.
Do Background Research
Once you find the contractor you think you want to hire, do a little background research before entering into a written contract. Get a copy of the contractor's license and insurance and verify the authenticity of each. Ask for a copy of their bond status, provided by the state, to make sure that they meet the legal qualifications for doing this type of specialized job.
Create A Written Contract
Finally, once you have a contractor you want to work with, work on a written contract. The written contract should include all the details of the project, from what work they will do to anything you need to take care of on your end and dates when the work will be completed, with contingency dates included for bad weather. The contract should include payment terms. Expect to pay some of the payment up front, but the whole payment should not be due until the job is done.
When taking on a commercial demolition project, the details matter. Plan out the job in detail before asking for quotes. Make sure the contractor you hire can take care of all the details that matter to you. Research any contractor you want to hire to make sure they have the right licenses and insurance to take on the job. Finalize the job with a detailed written contract.