Six Tips for Hiring a New Orleans Demolition Contractor

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Need a one-stop residential demolition contractor in the New Orleans area? From initial inspection to final cleanup, look for a company that provides detailed communication, competitive pricing, and free estimates.

How to get the right company for the job.

Even if you have never done it before, arranging a New Orleans house demolition can be a smooth and satisfying process -- if you hire the right contractor for the job.

A courteous, experienced, and honest contractor will provide plenty of references, fully explain the steps of the project and how much it will cost, and assist with preparatory tasks that are the primary responsibility of the homeowner (like obtaining permits). Here are some tips to ensure success.

1. Plan your project in detail.

Think about what you want done in as much detail as possible so that, working together, you and your contractor can set realistic expectations and deadlines. Your contractor needs to know the square footage of the building to be demolished, the materials used to build it, the thickness of the concrete (if you want a driveway removed, for example) and of the foundation (if you're not keeping it), and how easy it is to access the site. To provide an accurate estimate, your contractor will need to know about any outlying installations, such as a pool, a shed, or a garage, that you also want to get rid of. Early on, the contractor will meet you on your property to discuss the project and conduct an initial inspection.

2. Find a New Orleans company that specializes in the work you need.

If you're doing a home or commercial demolition in the New Orleans area, you want a company that specializes in this kind of demolition. Caveman Demolition is a full-service residential and commercial demolition contractor. Most of our work is house demolition.

3. Ask for an estimate.

Get multiple quotes if you can, and don't settle for the cheapest firm without regard to other considerations. With this type of service, you often get what you pay for; don't cut corners. Some companies don't provide post-demolition cleanup, for example. If you need post-demolition waste and tree removal services, it makes sense to hire a one-stop demolition contractor that will do that hauling.

Do you need help obtaining permits? Talk to your contractor and see whether they offer such help as part of the package or would charge separately for it.

Caveman Demolition provides free estimates for all jobs, and we can help you obtain the necessary permits. As your full-service contractor, we can demolish houses and other residential buildings, including any outlying installations on the property. We also haul trash and debris, remove concrete slabs and foundations, clear unwanted trees, and deliver fill dirt to help grade your property.

4. Check the demolition contractor's credentials and ask for referrals.

Hire a New Orleans contractor who is licensed, insured, and bonded. Otherwise, you may end up with damage to your property and a sea of legal fees. Use Louisiana's Online Contractor Search and make sure the license of a contractor you're thinking of hiring is up to date.

Look into the contractor's experience. Check online reviews to see what other customers have to say about them. Ask for referrals. Don't hire a company that can't be verified online, is evasive about its credentials, or seems less than professional.

At Caveman Demolition, we follow all guidelines established by several governing bodies, including the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants. Our crews include an OSHA-certified "competent person," and we also belong to the National Demolition Association.

5. Get a clear and detailed contract and keep the lines of communication open.

When you're ready to hire a demolition firm, signing a contract is the next step. The contract should outline the work to be done, provide a timetable and a payment schedule, and indicate what materials and equipment will be used.

Keep a written record of any changes, invoices, permits, bills, and receipts. Retain any correspondence between you and your contractor, and take pictures of the work site before, during, and after the work is done to document the progress of the job.

At Caveman Demolition, we pride ourselves on providing conscientious, personalized service. Our owners were born and raised in New Orleans, and they are actively involved and present on every job. We also guarantee that you will have a direct line of communication with a project manager. Check on our progress whenever you like, and we will be happy to answer any question you may have.

Ready to start? Request an estimate and provide us a few details about your project. From initial inspection to final cleanup, we provide a seamless, professional service and competitive pricing for all projects.

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