Ensure your home is clear of all asbestos and hazardous materials.
Before any demolition or renovation activity takes place, an inspection of the structure being demolished/renovated must be performed in order to identify any hazardous materials. A West Virginia licensed asbestos inspector must handle the inspection.
If asbestos is found, a written notification form must be delivered to the Department of Air Quality (DAQ) a minimum of 10 business days before demolition or disturbing asbestos-containing material.
All asbestos-containing materials must be properly removed and disposed of, and sealed in leak-tight containers, before disposing of them at an approved asbestos disposal site.
Ensuring all these appropriate steps are followed is imperative, and hiring a licensed asbestos professional is one way to ensure all your bases are covered.
A notification must be submitted prior to starting demolition.
In West Virginia, notification of any asbestos removal or demolition must be submitted whether asbestos is present or not. However, your contractor may handle the demolition notification process for you.
West Virginia Bureau for Public Health
Office of Environmental Health Services
Radiation, Toxics and Indoor Air Division Certification and Licensing Program
350 Capital Street, Room 313
Charleston, West Virginia 25301
Think about deconstructing before demolishing.
Deconstruction is an excellent way to help keep some money in your pocket and salvageable materials out of the landfills. Before demolishing your home or other structure to the ground, consider dismantling any salvageable materials first.
This will minimize the debris and save you money. It could also help your neighbors if you donate the salvageable items to a local charity, like Habitat for Humanity’s ReStores.
Hire the right contractor for you and your project.
In West Virginia, a contractor just have a Certificate of Qualification in the demolition field in order to perform any demolition work or bid on any demolition project.
In addition, the contractor should have experience in the field, a good track record with customers, and should be reliable. You can check all these boxes with the help of Hometown Demolition Contractors. You can read company profiles and customer reviews, and request quotes from as many contractors as you’d like. However, we recommend getting at least 2 - 3 quotes to ensure you get the best possible deal.
Remember to ask your contractor about debris disposal.
Although demolition contractors will often handle debris disposal, not all of them do. So when shopping around for contractors, this should be something you ask them. One contractor may include the cost of hauling in their quote, while another may not. If they don’t, this is an additional expense you will have to consider.
Renting a dumpster is the most convenient way to manage debris if your demolition contractor isn’t responsible for it.
Check out Hometown Dumpster Rental to see company profiles, read customer reviews, and request quotes from as many providers as you’d like. And learn more about pricing and sizing with the help of our Dumpsters 101 guide and pricing breakdown.