If you plan to do any updates on your home, whether it be an extensive renovation or just some ripping out of the old carpet, there are a few things that can help make sure the task runs smoothly.
Spend Some Cash on a Dumpster - You may think you want to save money and haul the mess away yourself, but a dumpster not only will hold an incredible amount of stuff it will save you the extra trips you would have to make to a dump to get rid of all the debris. Just removing things in a home can be exhausting doing it once. So have a dumpster there from the beginning so you can fill it up as you go and not have to carry the mess around more than you have to! It is well worth the expense!
Get a Team Together - I am sure you have heard the saying "Many hands make light work". This is true especially with demolition! See if some of your friends and family can come out for a day to knock out a lot of the big stuff. Make sure you tell them to dress properly and bring safety glasses and possibly a hardhat depending on what they will be doing. Make sure you not only thank them for their help, but be sure to do something nice for them in return (or even pay them) for the help. It will not only make a difficult task more enjoyable, but it will make it go faster as well, so it is well worth showing them the appreciation they deserve!
Assign Areas and Have Rules - Demo can be tricky. You want to be sure to assign certain people to certain areas and establish rules for that area. For instance, if there is something you want to be sure isn't damaged in a room, give details as to what you want to save and why. Make sure you tell how they need to be safe in certain tasks and make sure they know that if they run across something they are unsure of, they need to let you know. Remember, you aren't just tearing something up, you will be putting it back together so you want to be sure that there isn't more destruction than what there needs to be.
Clean Up As You Go - Demolition makes a huge mess! If you clean up as you go instead of saving it until the end of the day, that will save a lot of work at a time when you and your team will be the most tired. Things don't have to be perfectly clean if you aren't done with the demolition, but making sure trash gets in the dumpster and picking up items so people don't trip and get hurt is important.
When in Doubt, Don't! - If you run across ANYTHING you aren't sure about, ask a professional about it FIRST. Tell your team this. Make it a number one rule to follow at all times! People can get seriously hurt when they mess with equipment they don't know how to use or do a task they may have never done before. It's better to wait on something than to be sorry and someone end up in the hospital or worse.
Don't get me wrong, demolition of even just a wall can be hard, messy work and even if you have all of the tips I mentioned in place, it will still be exhausting. However, hopefully with these tips in place it will help make it as painless as possible!--Jen Lush