Buying homestead property is becoming increasingly popular. These homesteads are usually farms that have been closed by the family or have been abandoned for some time. This means that you may purchase a property that has several outbuildings, barns, and warehouses that are no longer in working order.
You will need to decide if these buildings are worth saving and using a selective demolition process to remove the unusable portions in order to renovate them. Here are ways you can use to determine if selective demolition will work on the older homestead buildings.
The first thing you need to check with the older homestead buildings is what type of devices are in those buildings. If there is an explosion risk, then you will need to go with selective demolition instead of traditional demolition service. There are several factors that can be a possible explosion risk during a full demolition. Gas pipes are one of the leading causes of a possible explosion in full demolitions that can be avoided with selective demolition.
Gas pipes may be turned off but they can still contain some fumes and can run in areas of the older homestead buildings and barns that you can't see. Inspections may not show everything you need to know about these pipes. You may also have electrical issues or older furnaces and boiler systems that can cause explosions. If any of this is present, a selective demolition is an option.
Reselling Demolition Commodities
When you do a walkthrough of the buildings, you may notice items that can be resold for scrap or as antiques for interior collectors. These items may be difficult to remove on your own. However, the items can be removed during a selective demolition. If you plan on reselling the items, often called demolition commodities, then consider selective demolition.
Some of the items that are included in demolition commodities listings are metals such as copper, stainless steel, and any exotic metals that may be present. Porcelain items, tiles, lighting fixtures, wood, and roof materials also can be placed on a reselling list. If you aren't sure if the items are valuable enough to resell, contact an inspector or appraiser for professional input. This input can give you vital information to determine if saving the building and removing these items first is worth the time and finances.
Leaving the Original Skeletal Structure
A key component in deciding if you want to go with selective demolition is determining if you want to keep the original skeletal structure. If you have an inspection and walkthrough performed on the site, you may find that the trusses, walls, and roofing are in good shape. What may pose an issue are just the internal walls, doors, and flooring. If this is the case, then you can save money on renovation and remodeling by going with a selective demolition that leaves the structure standing.
If you decide that you want the building to remain, the selective interior demolition (i.e. stripping and gutting) can begin. The demolition crew will come in and begin removing walls and gutting the entirety of the building. You will be left with an empty building similar to that of an option storage warehouse or building. You can then step in and remodel the building to suit your homesteading needs.
If you think you need selective demolition, contact W R Beach, Inc. for more information. We can help schedule an appointment for the type of demolition you need. We can also inspect the buildings to make sure that the type of demolition you want can be done and that it can be done safely.