Preparing for Demolition: How to Handle Unexpected Issues

As you would expect, the first stage of any remodel is to remove any unwanted materials so that the new ones can be installed. This demolition of a space can sometimes be aggravating, especially if an unexpected issue should arise. Still, with a little planning and preparation, the demolition stage can go smoothly. Here are some tips for keeping the demolition process stress-free:


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Obtain a Permit – Almost every home remodeling project will require a local building permit. There is nothing worse than having a building inspector stop your project in midstream because you do not have the proper paperwork.

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Identify the Good Stuff – Be sure to let the contractors know ahead of time that you want to save those magnificent hardwood floors or that beautiful fireplace mantel.  And also be sure that they protect and/or move any plantings that you want to keep around the house.

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Be Prepared for Hazardous Materials – Similarly, be prepared to have to test for and properly dispose of any hazardous materials, such as asbestos or lead paint.  For homes built prior to the mid-1970s, asbestos can be found in unexpected places but most commonly in pipe insulation, window glazing and linoleum tile flooring. Fines are fairly severe for non-compliance, so be ready.

For more information on the demolition stage, or for other home remodeling tips, contact us at Country Club Homes. We can be found online at or you can reach us directly at 203-762-0550.