It is common for our clients to underestimate the time it takes to demolish a property and prepare the site ready for your builder to commence work. We highly recommend you start to obtain demolition quotes and engage a demolition contractor as soon as possible. Here at Melbourne Demolition Services, we guide all clients through this initial process ensuring we understand your property, discussing what you would like to retain, whilst ensuring we cover compliance of all relevant legal requirements, and council bylaws.
The first part of the process involves the client obtaining demolition quotes, considering the right demolition company and appointing the company. The timing can vary but you should allow 3 - 4 weeks. MDS ensure all FREE demolition quotes are turned around in the quickest time possible.
Once you have engaged your demolition company, it's usually part of their service to apply and obtain a demolition permit. Applications for a building permit to demolish or remove a building must comply with the requirements of regulation 26 of the Regulations. Here is a handy FACT SHEET from the VBA which provides some useful information. Demolition permits usually take between 3 - 6 weeks to obtain.
Once you vacate the property clients will need to contact the service authorities to ABOLISH services, including, gas, electricity, water and drainage. Gas and electricity pose a serious safety risk if they are still connected upon demolition commencement. To ensure we are turning up to a safe site, MDS will investigate the site is safe and ready to start work. Abolishment should take around 6 weeks, however, although rare, there has been some cases where it has taken up to 12 weeks.
Once abolishment is confirmed, your demolition contractor Melbourne will start to prepare for demolition. Dependant on what you discuss with your contractor and how busy they are can depend when they can start works. It is important to keep your demolition company informed of abolishment dates in order to coordinate demolition start times. Preparation for demolition can be up to 2 weeks, it's very rare a company is able to start immediately due to unpredictability of abolishment timing.
When demolition is ready to commence, your contractor will erect temporary fencing along with any other safety precautions to then commence works. Demolition and site clearing can then begin, it is important that the demolition contractor Melbourne clearly understands the scope of works, so we advise marking any areas you do not wish to be included with some kind of tape. Once the old house has been demolished and the site is clear of all unwanted debris, service points such as the sewer needs to be capped ready for your builder to reconnect. Project times can vary dependant on the size of the homes, and whether they contain Asbestos. This process can often be complete within 3-4 days, however, it's advisable to allow up to 3 weeks for a full site clear in the event of unforeseen delays, and complex projects including Asbestos removal.
To conclude, an overall Melbourne demolition journey takes longer than you make be thinking. We suggest you allow up to 4 - 6 months to get to the point of a clear site. There could be instances where you can get through the process within 3 months, it's always best to allow extra time when dealing with external factors such as abolishing services and obtain demolition permits etc.
Knocking down and rebuilding is a complex process, which is why we recommend engaging with Melbournes top experts. MDS come recommended by Latitude 37, Melbourne most awarded custom builder. We would advise engaging with a demolition contractor, such as Melbourne Demolition Services early so we can ensure we get the journey underway whilst you are working through the paperwork phase with your builder.
We have provided a handy info-graph below which will hopefully assist with your timeline and planning.