If you have a major demolition job on your hands, it’s best to call in the experts. But how do you know who to call in? Demolition work should only be performed by skilled professionals. After all, your property essentially becomes a construction zone with potentially hazardous conditions. Mr. Tree has been performing this type of work for more than a decade, and we understand what an involved process it can be. Here are our top five tips to keep in mind when hiring demolition companies.
Look at Online Reviews
One of the first things you should do is check out online reviews. It’s quick, easy, and often a good way to vet the demolition companies that you’re considering. For instance, if a company has received a slew of negative online reviews, it’s a good indicator that this company isn’t one you want to hire. We’re proud to say that many of our customers give us a five-star rating.
You can also ask the company if it has any referrals from past customers. Asking your neighbors or friends for recommendations is a good way to narrow your search as well. The next best thing to firsthand experience is relying on the experiences of others. So check to see if anyone you know and trust has worked with a demolition company recently, and ask them about their experience. Hearing what others have to say is a great jumping-off point for your search.
Do Your Research
Reading online reviews and asking for recommendations is a good place to start, but it’s only the beginning. You should do your own research when deciding which demolition company to hire. Check out the company’s website to learn more about its services, for instance. How long has the company been in business? What type of services does the company provide?
Generally speaking, you’ll want to find a company that’s a one-stop shop for all your demolition needs. A business that specializes in both residential and commercial services, for example, will be able to tackle projects at your home, as well as your place of business. Finding a single, reliable company that can handle multiple types of projects will save you a great deal of time and energy.
Also, it’s a good idea to check with your state attorney general or consumer protection agency to see if anyone has filed a consumer complaint about the business in the last five years. If you reside in Oregon, you can check a company’s complaint history here.
In addition to doing your research about the company, you’ll also want to research what permits are required for the type of work you want to complete. Pretty much any building that required a permit to construct will also require a permit to demolish. Look here for more information on acquiring the proper permits from the City of Portland.
Check for Certifications
Since demolition work is highly specialized and dangerous, it’s important to hire a company that knows what it’s doing. One way you can vet a demolition company is by asking for the proper industry certifications. To confirm that an arborist is properly certified with the International Society of Arboriculture, for example, you can search their name or certification number using this tool.
In addition to being properly certified, demolition companies should have proper safety procedures and protocols in place. Mr. Tree is an OSHA-approved workplace, which means you can have peace of mind that our safety, as well as your safety, will be a top priority from the start to finish of any job.
Make Sure the Company is Licensed, Bonded, and Insured
You may have heard the phrase “licensed, bonded and insured.” But what exactly does that mean? For starters, the demolition company you are hiring should be licensed to perform that type of work in the state of Oregon.
Additionally, any demolition companies worth hiring will be bonded and insured. When a company is bonded, it basically protects your investment. If the work goes unfinished, for example, you won’t be on the hook for the project cost. A surety bond can provide reimbursement for any financial loss you may experience.
Likewise, a company’s liability insurance protects you from financial loss in the event of injury or property damage. Let’s say, for instance, that someone working on your demolition project gets injured on the job. If a company has liability coverage, the insurance company will cover any expenses incurred as a result of that injury. However, if the company isn’t insured, you’re liable for someone getting hurt on your property. This is why it’s so important to only hire demolition companies that are licensed, bonded, and insured.
Request a Written Estimate
Finding out which demolition companies are trustworthy and reliable is instrumental in deciding which one to ultimately hire. Requesting a written estimate is often a good indicator of which companies you can trust. If the contractor balks at the idea of giving you anything in writing, it could be a red flag that the company isn’t one you want to hire.
Mr. Tree is proud to offer affordable and competitive pricing. We also perform additional services, such as debris removal and lot clearing. This gets your site ready for the next project or structure to be built. Always ask for the complete breakdown of services included in the written estimate you receive.
If you need a structure to come down, Mr. Tree will demolish it safely and effectively. We have taken on projects both big and small, so we can handle any type of demolition project that comes our way. If you live in the Beaverton, Gresham, Vancouver, or Portland areas, give us a call. We would be happy to help you with your demolition needs.