Finding a good demolition company can be pretty tricky, and when you are looking to rebuild a property, it’s more likely than not you will need a little bit of help to get the place exactly how you would like it.
Here are our top tips for finding the perfect company for you and avoiding the “cowboys” we hear so much about.
For Sydney based residents, we highly recommend A.N.A Demolition. This family owned company has 15 years of professional experience in dealing with domestic and industrial demolition across Sydney and local areas including Ryde, Hornsby and Blacktown. A.N.A Demolitions is a HIA member and is also CDC Council Approved.
One of the first things you need to check and it might sound obvious but have they done similar jobs before? It would be a big mistake to hire someone who had no experience in what you wanted them to do.
Also don’t be afraid to ask to see their previous work – a good workman should have some great references and should be happy to show you examples of their work.
This tip is very easy to do and can really help to get a true image of them. The questions should be aimed at the team and their previous clients. The following questions are a few examples of what you should ask previous clients:
- Did the demolition team turn up on time?
- Are you happy with the job?
- Did the work come under or around your budget?
- Did the company work at a time that’s convenient for you?
Don’t forget when talking to the demolition team that you need to trust them and feel safe with them in your house, so go with your gut instinct – if things seem a bit odd don’t go with them. More questions.
Make it official
Produce a detailed list of what you want doing and make copies for all the team, this way everyone will know what is being asked of them. Drawing up a contract between yourselves and the workmen is a really good idea. Click here.
The contract will detail exactly what you want doing and when it needs to be completed by, and it can also have a penalty clause if the work is not completed on time or to a satisfactory standard. A contract will also stop the price of the job changing, as the price should be agreed before the work starts.
Never pay the full amount upfront
This is definitely a golden rule – never pay for the work before it has started. Often you will be asked to pay a deposit to cover the cost of materials but be sure not to pay more than 25% of the full price that has been quoted.