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Signs Your Home Needs a Demolition – Not a Renovation

When you love the location but hate the house, you are forced to make a difficult decision: should you renovate the home, or completely demolish it? Although there are many pros and cons to weigh, there are some circumstances in which tearing down a home is your best option. Read below to find out whether or not you should demolish your home.

The Home Requires Too Many Renovations or Repairs

Be smart with your wallet. If your home needs so many renovations that it ends up costing more than completely rebuilding it, you might as well demolish it and build a new one. Starting fresh can often save you more money than if you tried to salvage the home with renovations.

Likewise, if the cost of repairs exceeds the value of your home, opt for a demolition. The value of a home drops dramatically if it requires extensive repairs, so you may be better off to cut your losses and build a new home entirely; this can save you money and even bring the property’s value back up. Are you not interested in staying? After the demolition, you can also choose to sell the empty lot to buyers who are interested in building their own homes.

The House has Structural Issues Beyond Repair

Just because you can afford repairs doesn’t mean you will be able to do them. Over time, some homes suffer severe damages in the foundation, walls, ceilings, and other structural supports. If these aren’t able to be repaired, you may be forced to tear down the home.

How do you know if your home isn’t repairable? Be on the lookout for cracks or buckling in the foundation, weakened walls or ceilings, mold and mildew damage, and other things that indicate structural problems. If you’re not sure, contact a housing contractor to inspect it for you.

The House is Declared Unsafe

There are many reasons why a home would be deemed “uninhabitable.” Animal or insect infestations, black mold, asbestos, or peeling paint all pose serious health hazards and make a house dangerous to live in. Repairs usually aren’t enough to make an uninhabitable house habitable again, so you will need to demolish it.

Consider the Land

The Vacant Lot is More Marketable: Oftentimes, a home can lower the value of a property. Many people choose to demolish their old home and sell the vacant lot to make a better profit.

You Need the Land to Build a Custom Home: When you’re looking to build your dream home, it can be difficult to find the right plot of land. Oftentimes, people will buy a property with a house already on it, and then demolish it to make room for their own custom home.

You Don’t Have Space for Additions: If a property doesn’t have space to add on another room, many people choose to rebuild a new house to get the layout or space they want. Since it is so expensive, first consider knocking out some walls or installing an attic or basement instead. If you have no other options, you may want to tear down the home and build a new one with your desired additions included.

Other Reasons

HOA Restrictions: Many Home Owners Associations have property restrictions that may prevent you from adding rooms to your home. If you dislike your home’s current layout but can’t change anything due to these restrictions, consider demolishing and rebuilding.

The House is Old: If your house is really old, you may be better off tearing it down and building anew. Old homes generally develop issues that require more substantial repairs over time, but a newer, more modern home will provide many benefits that an old home wouldn’t.

You Want to Fit In: Some neighborhoods feature many unique houses that look different from each other, while other neighborhoods have identical houses all lined up in a row. If your home sticks out from the rest, and not in a good way, it may be time to demolish it and rebuild one that fits in with the others.

Conclusion

If you find yourself in any of these situations listed above, keep your budget, patience, and housing dreams safe by choosing a demolition. If you need to tear down a home safely, efficiently, and affordably, call on Morgan Services Group Corp. Our contractors will let you know if demolishing, rather than renovating, is your best option.

Reasons Why a Professional is Essential During an Interior Demolition Project

The word “demolition” can bring to mind images of a total tear down and complete destruction. Gutting the inside of a property is a hefty job that comes with a lot of responsibility. Instead of taking on these tasks by yourself, hiring a professional is the best way to ensure your project is done right! If you are currently deciding to do a demolition, follow along in this blog to learn about all the different reasons why a professional is best for your interior demolition project!

Planning

In order for interior demolition to work, you must have a plan beforehand. It would be unwise to tear down the inside of your property without having even the slightest idea of what your next steps are. Before you begin with the sledgehammer, meet with a team of professionals who will help you write out the best plan. It’s essential you let the team know what you main goals are; this will help them when it comes to creating reasonable and tangible plans. Perhaps you want a larger closet or bathroom, but there simply isn’t enough building space. If you were to attempt demolition on your own, you may not have enough experience to know you’re going to run out of room. Identify load bearing walls, pipes and electrical work throughout the structure is essential to avoid costly mistakes. An experienced contractor will be able to catch the spacing errors and identify load bearing walls before demolition even begins. Going forward, the team will be able to advise you on what the best options are!

Preparation

Deciding to begin an interior demolition project should never be a spur of the moment action. When deciding to redo the inside of your property, it’s best to be fully committed. After your plans have been written up and approved by a professional, you are going to need to discuss standard procedure practices with the team. Ensure this is really a project you are ready to take on by consulting with your contractor. Together you can come up with safety measures, backup plans, and an appropriate time frame. While the demolition is occurring, you are going to need alternative places to work or reside. Speaking with a professional is a great way to be confident on the planned schedule. 

Proper Expectations

The idea of exterior walls standing strong while the inside is gutted and emptied seems to be an easy enough image to conjure in your mind. During this time, however, it is important to have reasonable expectations. As a spectator or someone who isn’t a professional, you may not have insight to the inner workings of an interior demolition. Staying in touch with your team is imperative in order to keep all your expectations in check. While you may believe the schedule is lagging or going by too fast, the team knows what is best. Should a backup plan need to be implemented, it’s important to understand your team truly only believes it is the best option! Your contractor will help you have reasonable expectations by setting the pace during each check in. Relying on their expertise is the best way to ensure a successful outcome.

Conclusion

An interior demolition project isn’t always what people expect it to be. Hiring a team of professionals is the best way to ensure your project is planned and prepared for correctly, while also keeping you informed and in check during the entire process. If you’re set on tearing out the interior of your property, do it right by getting in touch with our team of experienced professionals here at Morgan Services Group Corp!

Garage Demolition FAQs

Garage Demolition

So, you think you need to remove your garage, but you have no idea where to start. How much is it going to cost? Is there anything you need to do before and after the demolition process? Do you need a permit? This blog post will go over some FAQs regarding garage demolition.

Why Have a Garage Demolished? Do I Need a Permit?

A garage is demolished if it is no longer needed, if it is broken-down beyond repair and needs to be replaced with a new structure, or if the entire house is being demolished.

As for permits, you will typically need one prior to demolishing your garage. However, each city has different rules and regulations, so check with your local building department before starting the demolition. Your demolition contractor usually handles this for you.

How Much Will it Cost?

Garage Demolition

Garage demolitions typically range from $3,000 in a rural area to $18,000 in a densely populated city. However, many factors affect the overall cost, such as the size and material of the garage, the foundation and location of the garage, and whether the garage is attached or detached. It may also depend on if the garage contains utility lines (such as electrical or plumbing systems) or hazardous materials (like asbestos or lead paint).

What Should I Do Before the Demolition?

Your garage should be completely emptied of all items, tools, and automobiles. The gas, electricity, and plumbing lines need to be completely cut and capped. Hazardous materials, such as lead paint and asbestos, need to be removed by a professional in order to comply with environmental guidelines, ensure safe removal, and to obtain an asbestos report in order to get the permit from the city.

How Should I Dispose of the Debris?

Demolition Debris

Some states and cities have certain ordinances that dictate how debris should be disposed of, so be sure to check before starting the demolition project. Most of the debris will be recycled, and things that can’t be recycled will be taken away with a dumpster rental. Your demolition contractor should handle the dumpster rental process, so don’t forget to discuss this with them.

What is the Garage Demolition Process?

1. An asbestos inspection must be conducted in order to get an asbestos report.

2. The demolition contractor obtains a permit from your city.

3. Garage utilities such as water, gas, and electricity are shut off, so that pipes and wires can be safely removed and recycled.

4. The roof, trim, and siding are plied off. With these out of the way, the inner drywall can now be removed.

5. Garage doors and windows are removed. If they are in good condition, they will be placed aside to use later or to sell. If they are in poor condition, they will be recycled.

6. The framing is taken apart with a pry bar and hammer, rather than destroyed with heavy equipment. This saves time and money and allows these materials to be reused.

7. If you don’t wish to leave the foundation in place, the concrete slab is broken up and removed. Otherwise, the remaining slab must be cracked for drainage.

8. A final inspection is conducted by the city in order to close the open permit.

Can I Do the Garage Removal Myself?

Demolition Site with Construction Materials and Wheelbarrow

Though you could potentially do it yourself, it’s best to rely on a professional demolition team to handle it for you. An inexperienced homeowner may end up doing it improperly, which could cause costly damages and complications later down the line, to not only your property, but to your neighbors. A DIY demolition job can also result in serious injuries.

At Morgan Services Group Corp, we have the many years of training and hands-on experience it takes to safely and effectively tear down structures. Call on us for your next garage demolition project!

Hydraulic Excavator 101

An excavator is often seen on demolition sites throughout NYC. Upon a cursory look, the hydraulic excavator resembles something out of a fantastical dream; with a slow speed, twisty movements, and a sauropod-esque stature, this beast of a machine can seem like an eccentric jumble of parts. However, this very combination is what enables the whole structure to work and achieve great feats. Below are some of the highlights this structure has to offer.

Boom and Bucket

If the excavator were a long-necked dinosaur, the bucket would be akin to the “head” of the beast, and the rest of this part the “neck.” The bucket is prominently bulky, and perfectly suited for scooping up heavy objects. Famous for being a popularizer of the bucket wrist and its rotational movement, the Gradall excavator was one of the earliest excavators to attempt to make the bucket’s rotation simulate the movements of a human hand. In various cases, the bucket may be switched out with an auger, grapple, or a breaker.

Cab

Connected to the boom via the boom cylinder, the cab is the centerpiece of the excavator. The cab allows a driver to hop into the driver’s seat and operate the machine. Protected by a windshield and a door, the driver then only needs to move his or her fingers dexterously to achieve the desired excavation. The first excavator to feature the 360-degree continuous swing emerged at the German firm Demag in 1954. This hydraulic, crawler-mounted machine served as the model for years to come. Today, it’s standard practice for all machines!

Shoe

The shoe is the foundational platform of an excavator. Located below the cab, this part is crucial for helping the machine roam smoothly across rugged terrain. Often, the shoe covers a track chain, which is prompted by top rollers and bottom rollers, which are in turn put to motion by the sprocket and the idlers. An oval track drive allows the track to loosen when moving in reverse, whereas a high-drive track drive (introduced in the 1970s) allows the track to tighten between the two idlers, making for sleeker contact between the ground and the track. The credit goes to the elevated sprocket, which is what makes the high-drive track drive form a triangular shape instead of an oval.

Conclusion

The parts of an excavator are numerous. Reflecting on those other parts of the beast can help us better appreciate the fascinating technology that is excavation. After all, over history, these nerd-outs are how many made improvements to their methods. To see an excavator in action and learn more about our excavation services, simply reach out to Morgan Services Group Corp!

5 Yard Excavation Tips

Are you planning to do major work in your backyard? The first step for installing a new garden, walkway or swimming pool is to excavate. The process of excavating involves a couple of different factors including planning for weather, having the proper equipment, and other important steps. If you need tips for excavating your yard, keep on reading!

Beware of Buried Utilities

Before you begin anything, be sure to check with the excavation regulations in your area. Depending on where you live, the state may require utility companies to mark where their gas lines are, so you don’t end up bursting a pipe or damage underground wiring. Anyone excavating the property may need to dig in different locations to expose pipes and other utilities that could be damaged.

Plan for Weather

Excavating is a big project by itself, but have you tried excavating in the rain? Plan ahead by checking your weather app. You want the most ideal weather, preferably a warmer temperature, to dig up dirt and other rubble. If your property happens to endure some rainfall, be prepared by purchasing tarps to cover the exposed area.

Clear Terrain

From large trees to rocky rubble, clearing out your property from all obstructions can make the excavation process that much easier. Remove any unwanted tree stumps, rocks or boulders, and wildlife nests from the area before excavating; by doing this, you can ensure a smoother terrain to work with. (Be sure to carefully inspect your property for animal holes and other creatures that may be hiding underneath the dirt!)

Use Proper Equipment

No matter the size of your excavation, chances are, your tool shed or garage doesn’t have the right equipment for your project. To perform a proper yard excavation, you will at least need a portable trencher and a mini-excavator in addition to a variety of other tools to help you clear and prep the landscape, excavate, and backfill where needed.

Seek Professional Assistance

After considering the above, you may simply come to terms with the fact that your backyard project could use professional help with dedicated excavation equipment and staff. If you live in the New York City area, contact the team at Morgan Services Group Corp. We can answer any questions regarding your yard excavation and get started on your project today!

Benefits of Safe Sidewalks

Whether you walk, bike, or use a motorized vehicle as a means of transportation, safe and maintained sidewalks are important. In today’s blog, we will explore some reasons why sidewalk maintenance is so important.

Pedestrian Safety
Sidewalks are used for biking or walking to and from different destinations each day; this fact alone should be enough to understand why sidewalks need to be well kept. When sidewalks begin to break down, pedestrians are the first to be affected. People walking or biking can trip and fall, slip, or simply be unable to pass by. This is especially true for children, who often aren’t watching where they are going. An untied shoelace and a broken piece of concrete can be cause for a trip to the ER. When sidewalks are maintained, the risk factor goes down. Even for adults, a particularly sharp piece of broken concrete can be enough to cut through shoes and cause injury.
ADA individuals are also at risk when sidewalk maintenance isn’t taken seriously. In order for a sidewalk to be considered safe, individuals must be able to travel along the path without fear of falling or injury. People on bikes or in wheelchairs should be able to travel smoothly while avoiding a rough and bumpy ride. 

Curb Appeal
Maintaining sidewalks that are a part of your property is important if you’re looking to increase value. Whether you’re trying to attract potential buyers or you simply want to show off your property to friends and family, a well-kept concrete walkway is important. Even though you may not notice chips and cracks in your sidewalks, those who are interested in buying will. DIY often creates more of an eyesore, which only leaves the situation worse than before. If you have a cracked, chipped, or uneven sidewalk on your property, the best decision you can make is hiring a professional to fix it up!

Protection and Life Extension
If you have no future plans to sell your property, ensuring the quality of the walkways you currently have is important. Whether you just got them repaved or you simply want to avoid a fix in the near future, maintenance and upkeep are required. When you see a little crack or chip, you should fix it right away. If you let these small things go, they grow bigger and bigger. Eventually, you’ll need a full-blown maintenance job that will cost you more than a small fix would have. Chips and cracks can happen due to weather, daily use, accidents and more. Fight back and having a professional you trust to help you with every small crack and chip can make all the difference! 

Conclusion
Safe sidewalks can greatly improve many aspects of daily life. Whether you use sidewalks to get to and from places, you’re interested in selling your property, or you’re simply looking to extend the life of your current walkway, an experienced professional you can rely on has never been easier to find! Head on over to our website and see just how we can help you!

Common Myths and Misconceptions about Demolition

When you visualize demolition, there’s a good chance that you see people smashing things up with sledgehammers or wrecking balls pulverizing a structure. It’s a common misconception that demolition is a free-for-all of destruction. There are a number of other myths that surround demolition, which is what we’re going to discuss in this article. If you want to learn how demolition is actually done, read on.

Myth 1: Demolition is crude and chaotic.

Like we mentioned above, many people think than demolition is a frenzy of total destruction, however that is a misconception. The fact is that demolition crews must plan their actions carefully. No matter the type of building, there are structural features that need to be left intact so that it doesn’t collapse on top of the crew while they’re inside. Also, there are often parts of the house or building that the owner wants to maintain, so the crew has to be careful not to damage those parts. For those reasons, demolition is always carefully planned, orchestrated and conducted in phases.

Myth 2: We blow stuff up.

Technically, this is a fact, but it doesn’t work the way that a lot of people think it does. The footage that you’ve probably seen of old hotels and arenas being blown up show the technique of controlled building implosion. Explosives are placed in strategic areas inside of the building so that the building collapses quickly and with minimal debris or damage to other structures surrounding it. This type of demolition is not as common as television makes it seem.

Myth 3: Demolition Harms the Environment

Some sources claim that demolition is harmful to the environment. After all, shouldn’t we try to use existing structures as much as possible instead of using resources to build something new? Wrong. Many buildings from earlier eras were constructed using materials that are harmful to the environment and to your health, such as asbestos. Also, older structures and houses can use more energy because they are harder to keep cool or warm. In addition, demolition is highly regulated so that hazardous materials are removed safely. Salvageable materials are also sent to be recycled or reused. New, more energy-efficient structures are put up which can be used by future generations.

Conclusion

Here are the main ideas we hope you take away: First, demolition is not done by people blindly taking their anger out on inanimate objects. Second, it also rarely involves explosives, though when it does, it’s done with careful planning. Finally, demolition is not a wasteful practice that negatively impacts the environment. We hope this has cleared up some of your misunderstandings and that the next time you need demolition services, you’ll call the professionals at Morgan Services Group.

Benefits of Hiring a Professional Demolition Crew

Whether you’re building a new home or renovating your existing property, a time will come where you will need a house demolition. When it comes to breaking concrete, it is no easy task. You need the expert help of a professional by your side who has the high quality equipment needed to complete the job quickly and efficiently.

While it may be an easy task for you to remove a large shed on your own, it’s not so simple for demolition jobs such as pools, existing homes, mobile homes, and other more complex structures. There are many benefits to hiring a professional, here are just a few.

Health and Safety

With a professional demolition crew, they will first perform an assessment of the structure. This is to establish any and all risks that the structure may have. When it comes to older buildings, they may have fallen to disrepair. This can lead to weak walls and damaged roof structures that can be dangerous to handle yourself. If the demolition crew detect any weakness or other issues in the structure, they will build scaffolding within the building while they perform the demolition work section by section.

Insurance Coverage

When you work with a fully certified demolition crew you know they will have full insurance coverage. What this means for you is if anything were to go wrong during the demolition process on your land, you will not have to face a larger cost or legal fees. As a citizen with no construction experience, it is unlikely that you would be able to acquire insurance of the same level on your own.

Professional Training

When you work with a professional demolition crew, you know they are trained to the highest standard. Since you are not professionally trained, you will not know how to use jackhammers, concrete grinders, explosives, and heavy equipment. Trained professionals, on the other hand, will be trained to use each of these pieces of equipment.

Before any job, a demolition crew will always asses the building to see if it contains any hazardous material such as asbestos. When it has been located, the crew will remove it and start the demolition. Not only that, but the crew will also strip the building of any wood, metal, or any other materials that can be recycled.

If you would like to find out more about the many benefits of using a professional demolition service, get in touch with one today.

5 Reasons Why DIY Demolition is a Bad Idea

You’ve probably seen home demolition being done on your favorite home renovation show. Maybe you’ve thought to yourself that it’s something you could do to your own home. After all, who doesn’t love smashing things? Unfortunately, there are few reasons why you should think again when it comes to DIY demolition. We’ll explain some of them in this blog post.

1. It’s hazardous.

This is probably the most obvious reason, and one that we really can’t stress enough. Many homes that were built more than 30 years ago contain asbestos in the walls and ceiling, which is a natural mineral that can cause cancer. Exposure is hazardous to your health; even in small amounts. Older homes can also have lead paint, which is another source of concern for your health. There is also the danger of inhaling silica dust.  Studies conducted on the effects of Silica exposure is linked to chronic bronchitis, silicosis and even lung cancer. You also risk injury to yourself and others from glass shards and other dangerous falling materials.

2. You probably don’t have the right tools.

Doing a home demolition job requires more than just a sledgehammer from the hardware store. Demolition teams and contractors have professional-grade tools that they use to prevent damage in parts of the house that needs to be maintained. If you start hitting things with a regular hammer, you could end up destroying something unintentionally and generally create more work for yourself. That also brings us to our next point.

3. You may end up damaging your home.

It’s not hard to get carried away when doing demolition on your own. Imagine busting an important pipe or destroying a wall that you wanted to keep. These are just a couple of possibilities that could have extremely expensive consequences. However, demolition experts usually know how to avoid these problems.

4. DIY demolition can take a long time.

Depending on the size of the project, you could end up spending several days trying to do the demolition on your own. During that time you’ll be sore, tired, dirty, and probably pretty frustrated. That’s usually reason enough for someone to avoid DIY demolition.

5. Old houses are full of surprises.

Unfortunately, we don’t mean the fun kind of surprises. We’re talking about the kind of surprises that are problematic and costly. Do you know how to identify a cracked foundation or bad wiring? Probably not, and neglecting problems like that during demolition and remodeling can lead to major catastrophes. Contractors will usually recognize those types of things when they see them, allowing you to fix them.

Conclusion

As you can see, doing a DIY demolition comes with a great number of risks to your home, your health, and your wallet. You may think you’re saving money by doing it yourself, but you’ll feel differently when things go wrong.

Do yourself a favor and contact the demolition experts at Morgan Services Group Corp when it’s time to do a demolition.

 

3 Good Reasons to Get Rid of Your Pool

Buying a pool might’ve seemed like a great idea at the time; maybe you dreamed of lounging in it during the summertime or pool parties for your kids. However, you’re becoming more and more irritated with the pool rather than enjoying it. If you are experiencing these three issues, it may be time to call in the experts to remove your pool.

Man standing at the edge of a pool full of money.

Man standing at the edge of a pool full of money.

You Don’t Use it As Often Anymore

Whether it’s due to your kids growing up and leaving for college, or even the weather not being as warm as you thought it would be, your pool isn’t seeing as much use as it had previously. When the pool begins to simply sit there like a hole in the ground filled with water and not serve as the cooling and refreshing way to beat the summer heat anymore, it might be time to get rid of your pool.

 

Money, Money, Money

Your pool has become a money pit. It seems to have more money invested in it than the amount of water it can hold. Repairs, maintenance, and other expensive costs of pool ownership can begin to eat away at your finances until you feel like there’s no end to it. If you want to start saving money for other things instead of your pool, then it could be time to ditch it and start saving.

 

Pool in the middle of demolition.

Pool in the middle of demolition.

Using the Space for Something Else

No matter how you look at it, a pool can take up a lot of space, and interests change as time progresses. When you’re considering taking up gardening or something else that your backyard can be used for, it may be worth considering switching out your pool for that other hobby.

 

Conclusion

No matter your reasoning for getting the pool in the first place, keeping it for the long run might not be ideal. Whether you want to use the space for something else or simply can’t afford to keep up with the constant monetary demands of a pool, it may be time to call the experts in for a consultation.

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