New Jersey House Demolition Process
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One of the unfortunate consequences of Sandy is that hundreds of homes throughout New Jersey and New York need to be demolished and rebuilt. The process of demolishing one’s home, in addition to being an emotional affair, can be daunting and complicated. As with most things involving building and contracting, it’s beneficial to hire a general contractor or obtain guidance from a trusted demolition contractor to guide you through the process.
We caught up with Lou Santora, owner of Equipment Leasing Specialists in Toms River, a demolition company, to learn about the demo process in New Jersey so we can help educate our community her on Rebuild New Jersey.
Lou was kind enough to outline his multi-step process for demolishing your home. If you hire a reliable contractor like Lou, the contractor will hold your hand through this process and make sure everything is done correctly and in order. It’s important to hire a licensed and experienced contractor because there are quite a few moving parts and logistics to consider when demolishing your home.
Here are Lou’s steps, in chronological order, and with notes:
- Notify utility providers
- Gas company
- Electric company
- Notes on calling the utilities
- They will send you ‘Disconnect’ letters. The gas company usually takes 6 weeks to send this; the other utilities are about 2 weeks.
- This is the homeowners’ responsibility because personal account information is involved.
- Once these letters are in hand, contractor will make the NJ1 Call
- Most utility companies are waving fees for this
- Some municipalities require a licensed plumber to cut and cap the sewer
- Contractor will call for a mark-out
- If you have an old septic or well system, they will likely need to be removed prior to demo
- Homeowner sends notification letters to adjacent neighbors (usually just each side and rear). Lou has a template letter that you can use to send to your neighbors.
- Some municipalities require certified letters
- This is a letter of notification, not request for approval. Neighbors have no say.
- Demo contractor comes out to measure house
- Demo contractor replies with estimate
- Demo usually takes 2 days
- Additional Notes
- Asbestos abatement is not as big of a deal as most people think. The average price for asbestos abatement is $1.75/SF. It is important to get a licensed asbestos abatement contractor to do this to ensure that you get all the proper paperwork that it has been removed and disposed of properly.
- Usually a demo involves the deck, driveways, etc. Sometimes the homeowner can salvage pavers.
- Demo prices begin at around $5.50/SF for homes on a crawl space
- $6.50/SF for homes on a slab
- Block houses would be more expensive than that
- Contractors should be giving free estimates. You should never have to pay for an estimate.
So there you have it – the multi-step process for demoing your house. There are dozens of demo contractors in Monmouth County and dozens more demo contractors in Ocean County. This was my first time meeting Lou and the information and advice he provided was extremely valuable. I have no experience with his work, but having met him, would comfortably recommend him and his company to any homeowner looking for guidance throughout this process.
If you’re a contractor or a homeowners and have experience with this, and have anything to add, please do so in the comments below.