Fixer Upper House That Needs Too Much Fixing Up? Clear It Out And Start Over

Posted on: 23 September 2016

If you have purchased a fixer upper house and soon realize it is going to take too much work to fix it up, you can clear it out and start over. This will get the home down to its bare bones so you will have access to everything you need. Below is some information that you should find helpful so you and your family will end up with a home that you love.

Hiring an Interior Demolition Company

An interior demolition company can safely take apart the interior of the home without damaging the exterior in any way. This type of company can do things like demolition of partitions, finishes, walls, pipes, and equipment.

Removing Walls

Attempting to remove walls on your own could result in trouble as well as harm to you. For example, some walls are easy to remove, while others are support-bearing walls. You should never attempt to remove a support-bearing wall, as well as the header, beam, post, and footing.  If these walls are not removed in the right way, what the wall is supporting will come crashing down. The demolition contractor can see what walls are interior and weight bearing once they get all of the drywall and insulation ripped out.

Finding Asbestos and Mold

If this is an older home, it may have lead paint. This is often not a problem until the paint is disturbed in any way. If so, the asbestos will get into the home and this is dangerous for everyone working inside the home. There are laws on how you should handle this asbestos depending on the state that you live in. The demolition contractor would be aware of this and know how to safely remove the asbestos.

There is also mold to consider. In some cases, you can simply demo things that have mold, but there are some molds that will affect the entire house if you disturb it.

Watching What You Cut

Taking down old plaster may sound easy, but you may cut into a water supply line and plumbing or cut through electrical wiring. It is impossible to tell where these things are if you do not know what you are doing.

If you are planning to keep the wiring and plumbing, a demolition company will know how to carefully remove old plaster until they determine where the water supply, plumbing, and electrical wiring is, and then work around these things so they will not damage them.

Talk with an interior demolition company like National Concrete Cutting in your area who can give you more information.


Getting Bids From Concrete Contractors

After we bought a home that had a large, completely unfinished RV pad, I realized that we needed to do something to fix it up. Instead of leaving it barren and ignoring the weeds, we decided to start getting bids from concrete contractors. We got bids from about ten different companies, and it was really great to hear what they could do for us. This blog is all about getting bids from contractors, knowing how to compare pricing, and avoiding issues with concrete. By taking a few extra steps, you might be able to completely avoid concrete problems and paying more than you should.