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Tips for Handling Demolition in Virginia
You must have your home inspected for asbestos.
In Virginia, under state regulations, you are required to have any structure inspected for asbestos before demolishing or altering it.
Inspectors and abatement specialists require different licenses, so make sure the contractor you hire is properly licensed.
Make sure your contractor is right for the job.
The first thing the demolition provider you hire should be is properly licensed. In Virginia, the specific kind of license a contractor should have will depend on the bid they’re making.
For example, if a job will be greater than $120,000, the contractor must have a Class A Building Technical license. If the project is between $10,000 and $120,000, the contractor will need a Class B Building Technical license.
Never be afraid to ask a contractor for their license number, and make sure you understand the importance of having a bonded and insured contractor, too.
Provide notification when necessary.
Under Virginia regulations, a notification for any asbestos abatement or demolition project must be submitted.
There are some exceptions to this rule. A notification is not required for the removal of non-friable asbestos-containing material that does not become friable when moved/encapsulated/removed.
Before starting the permitting process yourself, you should double check with your contractor that they aren’t going to take care of that for you. Oftentimes, demo providers happily handle all the necessary permits because they’re pros at it.
Remember to ask about debris disposal.
During the initial quoting process, as you’re collecting prices from various contractors (we recommend getting 2-3 quotes at least), be sure to ask them if they will handle disposal. Some of them do, and they will include the price of hauling and disposal in the price of demolition.
If they leave you responsible for debris disposal, that will be an extra expense you have to consider. So always be sure to check with them about this, as it could mean the difference between choosing Contractor A and Contractor B.