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Pre-Demolition Planning

The Value of Planning

We recommend developing a systematic approach to demolition, which can help you:

  • define your scope of work
  • practice due diligence (including determining what regulatory standards will apply to your project)
  • manage liability
  • control costs
  • control the work and how the contract is written
  • find creative ways to reuse materials and land
  • identify alternatives to demolition
  • provide for public involvement
  • manage your environmental responsibilities

We suggest that, before cleaning out, renovating or demolishing multiple residential buildings, you determine appropriate procedures to identify, remove, and properly manage harmful materials.

Careful planning may help:
  • avoid releasing materials into the environment that can pose hazards
  • protect the health of workers and the public
  • minimize costly mistakes