When To Demolish A Home

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When To Demolish A Home

29 September 2020
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog


The outside of a home can look like it's in good shape. However, you won't be able to see what's going on inside, and that can be a whole other story. The inside of the house can be in such bad shape that it's not safe for someone to live in. When a home isn't safe to live in, the best thing to do is often to demolish it and rebuild on the land. Along with a home being unlivable, there are many other reasons why a home should be demolished, which you can learn more about here: 

There are serious foundation problems

If there are some issues with a home's foundation, they may be repairable depending on how bad they are and where the problems are located. However, if there are a lot of serious foundation issues or the entire foundation is weak, then this presents a bad problem. A home is only as sound as the foundation it sits on. In cases of extreme foundation problems, it may be necessary to demolish the home because it would be unsafe to live in.

The home is very old

There are many homes that are more than a hundred years old that are well preserved and wonderful homes. With the right regular maintenance and necessary upgrades, a home can stay in great shape for many decades. However, without routine maintenance and upgrades, an older home can become a money pit that constantly needs major repairs and that can become unsafe to live in. When an older home begins to fall apart, the best thing to do is to demolish it because it won't be worth the amount of work it would take to make it sound. 

There are hazardous materials or infestations

Older homes can contain hazardous materials, such as asbestos. In some cases, the asbestos can be removed, but in other cases, there can be so much asbestos and other hazardous materials that demolishing the home and rebuilding it is the best way to go. Also, some homes can have termites that have damaged the home to the point of making it unstable and unsafe. In this case, it would also be a better decision to demolish it. Serious mold damage, water damage, fire damage, or major rot damage are some of the other things that would make demolishing a home the right decision. Once the home is demolished, a new one can be erected on the land.

To learn about demolition services, contact a company like Kennah Construction.

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I have never been much of a DIY-er, but when I moved into my first home, I decided to try my hand at a few projects. My ideas blew up in my face--badly. I found myself struggling to put wiring back together and to repair the lawn that I had butchered. Instead of trying to clean up the mess and make things right on my own, I contacted a team of professional contractors for help. They were amazing to work with. They went through and worked room by room to repair my mistakes, and it was really incredible to see the difference they made.

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