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I love my mother-in-law but I never planned on living with her permanently. I have been enjoying her living with us now that we have kids but I feel like we all need some extra space so I am getting a granny flat built at the back of our block. This should allow us to have some extra space to make sure everyone has the privacy that they need whilst we can still be a family. This block has some tip on the process of building a granny flat including how to choose a contractor and how to get the council approval for the build.


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Is Your Home Ready for Residential Demolition?

by Chloe Cooper

Demolition is commonly used by properties where the lot is worth more than the actual building on top of it. For a country like Australia, with many older buildings in the centre of cities, demolition is quite a common practice to build new and better buildings in spaces where old, rundown houses and estates have been left for years. However, before you start your residential demolition you need to ensure that your home is ready for it, and there is a bit of legwork you have to complete before the demolition crew moves in. Here are three reminders for things you need to do before demolition starts.

Turn Off Your Utilities

Before any work begins you need to make sure that your power, water and gas are all turned off and disconnected. This is vital, as any mistake here could not just prove costly, but also fatal for the workers themselves. There is a relatively simple process to turning off these utilities, it is just a manner of making sure you do it. Residential demolition companies will not start until you can prove that you have turned off utilities, so if you wait until they come you may have to pay them for their time while they wait for you to get all of these applications filed and accepted.

Warn Your Neighbours

Demolition is loud, busy work that is very distracting for the rest of your street and community in general. While your residential demolition company will follow all noise pollution guidelines, and therefore stop at certain times of the day, you should take it upon yourself to let your neighbours know when this work is starting and when it will finish. A simple note with all the basic information as well as a number to call if they have any questions is enough to satiate most people, and you can either slip it under their doors or in their mailboxes.

Divert Traffic

Most residential demolition companies will provide some sort of traffic control, but if you live on a small city street then you may want to devise a detour for drivers who may turn into your road while work is ongoing. This not only will reduce the danger of people getting hurt from falling debris, which is already very low, but it will keep your demolition experts a lot less stressed out, which is always a good thing in such a high-pressure job. Consider talking with a traffic management company to coordinate with a residential demolition company.