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Demolishing a Home

1. Determine which demolition method is right for you.
There’s more than one way to take apart a house, so our #1 is to decide which type of demolition is best for your project. 

Mechanical Demolition
This is the most common form of demolition—the act of simply tearing down the house with the help of hydraulic excavators and other heavy machinery.

We then haul away the resulting debris via trailer or dumpster.

Mechanical demolition is the most budget-friendly and quickest solution.

Also known as ‘demolition by hand,” deconstruction is the process of manually stripping and deconstructing the house piece by piece with the intent of salvaging as many of the materials inside the home as possible.

Deconstruction projects can recycle or reuse more than 70% of building materials, such as lumber, beams, doors, windows and more.

Because everything is done manually, deconstruction takes much longer and costs significantly more than typical demolition methods—sometimes twice as much.
Interior demolition crews individually take off doors, light fixtures, sinks, tubs, copper pipes, glass from windows .. .even the nails in the floorboards can be removed and recycled.

Because of the additional labor involved, expect to pay 2 to 3 times as much to deconstruct your home rather than demolish it.

Deconstruction + Demolition
The most highly recommended form of demolition is the combination of deconstruction and demolition.

This includes the act of deconstructing the house first by going through and salvaging a portion of the reusable materials.

Once all desired materials capable of being saved and reused are collected, the remaining structure is then demolished, and remaining debris is hauled away.

This is a great solution for those who want their demo process to be efficient, affordable, and environmentally responsible.

2. Find the right demolition contractor for the job.

Find a licensed and insured demolition contractor to help you choose the best way to demolish and remove your house.

They will meet you at the site and go over possible solutions. Demolition experts (such as ourselves), will be able to thoroughly discuss your options.

Get proposals or estimates in writing, and be sure the contractor’s estimate spells out whose responsibility it is to pay for and pull permits (if required) for the work.

3. Have your house inspected by a professional.

Contractor inspecting a house
Ask your building demolition contractor what the inspection requirements in your area are.

Saskatoon require that older homes/buildings be inspected prior to demolition for the presence of:

  • asbestos
  • lead paint
  • mold
  • rotted wood
  • other hazardous materials

If the home contains asbestos or lead paint, proper procedures for remediation need to be followed.

The demolition company you hire may offer this service or sub-contract it to an environmental specialist.

Here’s an example of the items looked at during a total home inspection. Look it over to get a better idea of what these inspections cover.

4. Get the necessary permits.

A permit will typically need to be pulled prior to starting the demolition.

Permits are typically available at your local City Hall; (Riptide Demolition would take care of this but you can check here for Saskatoon information if you like.

Saskatoon also has rules for house demolition related to:

  • notifications
  • noise
  • hours of demolition
  • disposal of the debris, etc

The demolition company you hire should be well informed about local regulations and will pull the permits on your behalf in most cases.

Be sure to clarify up front with the contractor all the services they will perform, including whether or not they will be pulling and paying for the permits required. Ask as many questions as needed, but make sure you ask these 13 questions to make sure you avoid contractor scams.

5. Disconnect existing services.
There are a variety of utilities and services that must be disconnected before demolition:

  • electricity
  • water
  • sewage
  • gas
  • BEWARE: Electricity and gas pose a particularly dangerous health risk if still active when demolition takes place.

Surrounding supply sources can also be damaged if services have not been properly terminated. Neighboring homes can be at risk of losing services, and local power, gas, water, or drainage infrastructure can be affected, too.

Make note: Most service termination requests need to be made in writing to the supply company two or more weeks prior to demolition. This will help ensure the company has enough time to terminate the service before demolition begins.

6. Ensure that the area is safe for others.

Protective fencing for demolition projects
In addition to shutting off utilities, make sure adjacent buildings and walkways are protected by putting up debris-containing temporary fencing, like the kinds shown above.

Helpful Hint: It also doesn’t hurt to have a conversation with your neighbors before the mess and noise start up. Let them know of the work being done. Having the patience of your neighbors will only make the demolition process easier.

7. Arrange for salvage.
If you have any salvageable materials in the home, work with your contractor to recover recyclable or reusable materials that can be resold or donated.

There are several organizations and charities that can assist in the deconstruction of a house, often times free of charge.

Many local sectors of Habitat for Humanity have deconstruction programs in which professional teams come to your house and do the deconstructing for you.

Going this route can save you both time and money. Not only does it help keep materials out of the landfill while also supporting Habitat’s Homeownership Program, but it’s also tax-deductible and saves in demolition costs.

8. Tear down the house.
This can take anywhere from one day to several days. Home demolition generally involves a large, hydraulic excavator tearing down the house and putting the unwanted house materials into the back of a truck or dumpster.

However, if are choosing to go the route of deconstruction—whether partial or complete—this process can take much longer.

9. Remove all the debris.
temporary roll-off dumpster
Remove all demolition debris from the site, leaving the site clean. Typically, this means the removal of everything ‘down to the dirt,” including removal of the house’s foundation.

Learn more about proper debris disposal:

10. Prepare for what’s next.
If you’re rebuilding on the same site, your demolition contractor can oftentimes use much of the same heavy equipment to prepare your site for the new house, whether grading or basement excavation is needed.

Based on 11 reviews
Bayram Ukis
Bayram Ukis
Honest jobs on time.👍
Deb Stewart
Deb Stewart
Very happy with what they did for me! Quick response and done in a very timely manner.
Jurrai Stringer
Jurrai Stringer
Had them remove some concrete by our house. Great service, quick to respond and mess was all cleaned up. Would recommend
Melissa Vi Kelsey
Melissa Vi Kelsey
5 star as overall good crew nice people to deal with … I contemplated at a 4.5 because sometimes it was hard to get calls or texts back but overall professional and trust worthy. Cleaned up good after demo and provided good advice Re insurance claim issues. They also did my neighbours roofing and good reviews from them too.
Owen Scott
Owen Scott
Ben and his crew took care of the demo/removal of our foundation, septic and assorted debris after our house burnt down. They were quick, efficient, friendly & professional. I would use them again in a heartbeat for any demo/excavator work.
Dennis Braun
Dennis Braun
Very easy to deal with.
Megan Y
Megan Y
We had a garage, concrete slab demo after a fire. Ben, Greg and crew are wonderful. They took care of the permit, were on time, did such a great job cleaning up after and even arranged to have a fence set up so our pups, kids and belongs were secured until we could re-build. I appreciated the customer service and communication through the whole process. We would recommend Riptide demolition to anyone!
Aaron Flanigan
Aaron Flanigan
Great guys to deal with! Professional service and great attention to detail. Would highly recommend!
Kelly & Stephan Hounjet
Kelly & Stephan Hounjet
Ben was extremely helpful and professional! He was quick to respond to all of our questions and we would definitely consider working with him in the future.
The Tango
The Tango
I have known Ben for years and admire his integrity and great service