Top things to know before knocking down your home and building new
Knocking down and building a new home is not an unsolved mystery, however there are some hints and tips you are best to know about before undertaking a knockdown and rebuild project.
As specialists in this area, Coral Homes have put together some ‘must knows’ so YOU can be in the know when you decide to knockdown and rebuild your dream home.
1. Council regulations
One of the first things you should do in contact your local cancel to check if there are specific restrictions around knocking down and building new for your home and location. For example, there may be heritage or protected vegetation overlays that could affect both your land and your home. They will be able to advise you quickly whether any of their restrictions will possibly thwart your plans for a brand new home.
2. Street access
Depending on where you live, it may be difficult for trades, unloading deliveries and large machinery to access your home to knock it down and then build a new one. I.e., if you live on a busy main road; near a school; or there are low overhead power lines, you may need traffic management as an additional requirement.
3. Choosing your demolition partner
You will need to find a demolition partner to knockdown your home. Coral Homes recommends you attain multiple quotes so that you know you are getting the best deal and can provide all the services you need. It is also important to be comfortable with your demolition partner. Items to ensure they all include in their quote so you are comparing apples with apples are:
• The required permit cost for demolition and or removal (including underground services and any foundation footings)
• The cost to clear the whole site (trees included)
• Temporary fencing during demolition for safety requirements
• Asbestos removal service and the applicable clearance certificate (if applicable)
• Plugging and capping all sewer lines before the project gets underway.
It is also recommended that you get a commitment on their schedule to ensure they have capacity to fit in your job in accordance to when you want to start building, plus how long it will take to complete the removal and clearing so that you can align your site start date with us. This will minimize the time required to be out of your home and the additional costs involved.
4. Approval must be attained
It is really important that your demolition company does not start the demolition until we have attained your building permit approval for you. We will contact you to advise that demolition can commence as soon as the building approval is received. Imagined if you knocked down your old home and didn’t have approval to build a new one?
Would you like to know more hints and tips and the entire process for knocking down and building new with Coral Homes? Read our ‘Knocking down your old home and building a brand new one’ blog for more information.