Most remodels require some demolition. Before you get started, set up a project timeline. Use the checklist below to keep track of meetings, approvals, permits, structural considerations, shutoffs, disposal and incidentals.
If you plan to hire a contractor for any demolition or remodeling project, begin shopping at least six months before your proposed start to the project. A contractor’s schedule may be booked months in advance, and this will also give him/her time to coordinate schedules with any necessary sub-contractors.
Permits and Approval — 2 to 3 months prior
Contact local municipal agencies for permits and regulations (noise, hours of demolition, disposal)
Verify boards that might be required to grant project approval (neighborhood, planning, historic, etc…)
Visit homeowners’ or condominium association for approval, any municipal review boards. Know their schedule for presentation, review, approval
Bring: plans, contractor, architect
Structural and Property Concerns — Prior to demolition
Verify any load-bearing or structural members involved in demolition
Protect glass from stress and impact-related damage
Wiring concerns, gas and water shutoffs, underground utilities, etc…
Hire specialty firm to identify any hazardous material (lead paint, asbestos) OR
Take samples of suspected hazardous waste-containing materials to specialty lab for analysis.
Waste and Disposal — Prior to demolition
Hire demolition contractor, if serving as your own general contractor
Plan for removal of hazardous debris; hire specialty contractor if necessary
Order dumpster and verify guidelines and removal dates
Establish daily cleanup guidelines and final cleanup requirements in contract