Unique Ways for Construction Project Managers to Lower Demolition Costs

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Welcome to my blog. I'm Carrie and I would like to share some of the top tips I have learnt about construction and repair work in the home. My passion is for buying old property and carrying out work on them to bring them into the 21st century. I started out doing this a couple of years ago. I used some money I had inherited to buy a wreck of a place and if I am honest, I didn't have a clue what I was doing. I was really lucky to find some great contractors who helped me out a lot and taught me lots of very cool things.


Unique Ways for Construction Project Managers to Lower Demolition Costs

21 March 2018
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

To most people, demolition work seems like a less expensive undertaking because to them the process involves knocking down walls and floors 'haphazardly'. However, nothing could be further from the truth. A lot of planning goes into demolition projects, and this is the reason construction contractors leave that kind of work to professionals.

Before hiring the services of a demolition contractor, construction project managers must first have an estimate of the costs to be incurred. The information will help to choose a demolition expert. Your primary objective should, however, be to lower the cost as much as possible. This post offers ideas in this regard.

Consider College Partnerships -- It might come as a surprise to most construction project managers, but colleges that teach construction-related training are an excellent opportunity for low-cost demolition. While it is true that students may not be your first choice for performing demolition work, learning institutions that offer building sciences have professionals that work as part-time lecturers. Some of the experts have the necessary experience in demolition work, and they can guide students effectively.

Additionally, collaborating colleges only engage students that are in their final year of study when approached for such projects. The strategy is mutually beneficial to both parties because colleges want to impart practical skills to students. In exchange, a construction project manager pays less for demolition projects.

Do the Light Work -- Before hiring demolition contractors, do the light work first and leave the hard stuff to the experts. For instance, if you are working on expanding a client's kitchen space, you can start by knocking down the cabinets, the kitchen island, and any other fixtures that you can manage by yourself. Leave the walls and ceilings to expert demolition contractors. If you leave everything to demolition contractors, they will charge you for the simplest things. On the other hand, if you do all the work, then you risk causing extensive damage that will cost you more.

Recycle -- Most demolition contractors work closely with recycling firms, which is an opportunity that project construction managers need to take advantage of. Since demolition firms know what can and cannot be sold to recyclers, construction contractors can liaise with them and reach an agreement on overall costs. For example, if floorboards are part of rubble, a project manager can sell them to a demolition contractor in return for reduced demolition cost. Alternatively, you can sell recyclables to recyclers directly and offset the cost of demolition.