NJ House Demolition Guide and FAQ
New Jersey House Demolition Process
Have questions about the NJ House Demolition Process? As rebuilding really heats up here in 2014, many more homeowners along the Jersey Shore and throughout New Jersey are starting to take the next steps to either get back into their homes, raise their homes, or even demolish their homes in hope of completely rebuilding.
Obviously, demolishing a house in New Jersey, or anywhere for that matter, is something that you have most likely never done before, navigating the whole process can be a bit tricky. To help clarify some of the most frequently asked questions about the New Jersey demolition process, we have put together this brief guide.
After going through this, you should have a better idea of:
- How much it costs to demo a house in NJ.
- How to hire a reputable New Jersey demolition contractor.
- How long the demolition process takes.
- What sort of permitting is involved in the demolition process.
- Whether you can do it yourself or need to hire a demolition company.
NJ House Demolition Basics
While a typical house demo in Monmouth or Ocean County will only last a day or two, the whole process can last much longer than that. There are two reasons for this:
First, you must make sure that you shut off your utilities, file the proper permits, and have all of your paperwork in order. More on that below.
Second, thousands of homes along the Jersey Shore need to be demolished over the next couple years. Like it or not, there are a finite number of reliable, local, licensed, and insured NJ house demolition contractors, so there may be a bit of a backlog, depending on where you live.
It’s important to note that if you call a house demo contractor in New Jersey and he says he can do it next week, he’s probably not of very high quality and he’s probably not following all of the proper rules and procedures.
Research and Hire a Licensed and Insured NJ House Demolition Contractor
As with most other purchases, it makes sense to do your homework in advance to ensure that you are hiring a competent and licensed contractor, and also a New Jersey demolition contractor who understands your particular situation and can guide you through the process.
To help you with your research, you can browse our website, contact us for a local demolition contractor recommendation, check with the BBB online, talk with friends and family who may be familiar with residential construction or who have had their house demolished, or talk with a NJ general contractor that you know.
We always recommend getting house demolition quotes from three different contractors. Sure, this takes a little bit of time, but the time you spend up front can save you thousands of dollars and countless headaches later.
New Jersey House Demolition Process
Although every situation is slightly different and can present its unique challenges, the general process for a NJ house demolition project goes like this:
- Hire a licensed and insured NJ house demolition contractor or general contractor.
- You and the contractor notify your utility companies – gas, electric, water/sewer, phone/television/Internet.
- Utility companies will send you ‘Disconnect Letters’, which are confirmations that your utilities have been properly shut off. Depending on your municipality, these letters can take 1-6 weeks to get, so plan ahead.
- Once you have these disconnect letters, your contractor will call NJ1, which is required by law before you excavate or demolish in New Jersey.
- Depending on your town, you may need to send notification letters to your neighbors. Some municipalities even require certified letters, just so the neighbors know what’s going on. Note that your neighbors have no vote on whether you demolish your house; it is merely a letter of notification.
- The contractor will remove and set aside any decks, porches, walkways, pavers, and landscaping that you want to save.
- The contractor will demolish your house, which usually takes 1-2 days.
- If there is asbestos or other hazardous material, the contractor will properly dispose of it. Note that the contractor will need a special license for this, so it’s in your best interest to request a copy of the relevant paperwork so you have it for your records.
NJ House Demolition Costs
So what does it cost to demolish a house in New Jersey, and particularly at the Jersey Shore? As with most other home improvement or renovation projects, there are several variables that can go into this. As a general rule, the cost to demolish a house in Monmouth or Ocean County starts at around $6 per square foot and can go up to $12 per square foot or even higher, if it’s a particularly tricky location or situation.
Again, we recommend getting three contractor estimates and then evaluating from there. The estimates should come in within a relatively tight range. If any of them are outrageously high or suspiciously low, be sure to ask the contractor to clarify his or her estimate. They may have missed something or have made certain assumptions that affected their quote.
Should You Demolish Your New Jersey House Yourself?
What do you think? Does the process we’ve outlined in this article sound like fun? If you’re like most homeowners we know, you lack either the time, interest, or knowledge (probably all three) to do this yourself. It really doesn’t cost too much money, so you’re probably better off hiring a general contractor or a NJ house demolition contractor to take care of what they do best.
Many times general contractors or home builders can demolish your house and also provide you with some ideas and prices on building a new house, whether it’s a modular home or a traditional stick-built home.
Looking for a New Jersey House Demolition Contractor?
If you’re looking to hire a reliable local house demo contractor or general contractor to get started with the rebuilding process, we welcome you to contact us to get started with the process. We are not contractors here at Rebuild NJ, but rather serve as a platform for connecting homeowners and business owners with reliable local contractors.
You can learn more about Rebuild New Jersey here or fill out the form below to get started with the process. We will reply within 12 hours, and often sooner than that.