How to Demolish a House
The existing house might be poorly designed or positioned, too small for the size and value
of the land it stands on, or simply beyond economic repair or improvement — its fate sealed
by the fact that a new dwelling benefits from 0% VAT whilst renovation and extension work
is usually rated at 20%.
Some main considerations you should take care when you decide to demolish a house
The following order of works is typical for demolishing
Cut off and cap all services such as main water and sewer connection, electricity, gas and telephone
Erect site fencing and protect the site; erect scaffold if required
Hazardous material (i.e. asbestos) removed under licence or by specialists if necessary
Soft strip all loose items, kitchen, sanitary ware, and remove all cabling, lighting, plumbing, radiators etc.
Remove all doors, windows frames, linings, internal/external timber mouldings etc.
Strip roof and lead flashingsRemove structural timbers, joists and trusses
Demolish walls, salvaging bricks for example. Unwanted materials can be removed for crushing
Break up remainder and grub up foundations and redundant drains