Morgan Services Group Corp

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Home Extension Projects: Who to Hire for Help

There are countless reasons why homeowners choose to invest in extending their homes. A successful addition to any type of building requires help from a highly experienced and knowledgeable team of industry experts. In this month’s blog post we discuss the four professionals that are crucial to have on your team when beginning a home extension project.

Expeditor

A demolition expeditor, also known as the filing representative, has many responsibilities involving the steady flow of progress on a home extension project. From advising the correct type of filing, working with various city agencies to submitting drawings and applications, an expeditor is an asset you will not want to build without.

Great expediting services will ensure your build is completed on time, to code, and for less money. Morgan Services Group offers expediting services to streamline your project!

Interior Demolition Service

Once you’ve acquired the appropriate permits you can finally move forward to the most exciting step, the interior demolition. An interior demolition ultimately works to remove all non-structural components within the area of the home you wish to extend.

Interior demolition services are cost effective, quick, and perfect for removing unnecessary walls, flooring, ceilings, stairs or any other items in the way of your build. Morgan Services Group offers debris cleanup and daily removal from all our sites.

Excavator

Once the old and unwanted components of your home are hauled away, an excavator will come in to ensure that the foundation below where your new structure will be built is structurally sound. This will include digging trenches, ensuring the ground is level, removing contaminated soil, and many other tasks to prepare the site for construction.

Building Contractor

Your building contractor will work with you through your entire home extension project from helping you acquire your desired materials to ensuring that the extension is built to health, safety, and legal standards.

A building contractor should also make sure that the entire project complies with all the specifications outlined in the contract established at the beginning of the project.

Conclusion

A home extension that’s built and managed properly can add an incredible amount of value and joy to any home. In big cities especially such as New York City, property owners are finding that building home extensions is the best way to affordably acquire significantly more living space and add property value.

Morgan Services Group Corp is NYC’s one stop shop for residential and commercial expediting, excavation, and demolition services. Visit our website here for more information.

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!

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.

 

Interior and Exterior Demolition

One of the most commonly overlooked aspects of a construction project is the demolition. When it comes to home renovation, the planning and demo are often skipped over to get to the final result. But as a demolition company, we know just how important this step is and want to take a few moments to place the spotlight on interior and exterior demolition.

Interior Demolition

Interior demolition normally occurs in preparation for renovations within a structure. This means that the structure itself does not get demolished but rather the inside of it is torn out and gutted. Such aspects that are often removed during an interior demolition include walls, floors, the ceiling, as well as any damaged or unnecessary utility work. Often times, interior demolition occurs after a building has been damaged by fire or extreme weather. In such cases, our team will handle the demolition with the state and federal regulations in mind to ensure that everything is completed to the highest standard and, of course, to your liking.

Exterior Demolition

Anything outside of your home that you would like removed would be considered exterior demolition. This includes outer walls, patios, pools, tool sheds, and so on. Many times, new businesses will skin and dismantle the exterior components of their building to give it new life; this includes removing the façade, doors, windows, columns, and other features while leaving the skeletal structure intact.

Both

Whether your project requires exterior or interior demolition, it is important to remember that it is not a do-it-yourself kind of deal. Demolition requires an abundance of tools and knowledge that only trained professionals can bring to the table. Although it may sound fun to take a hammer or ax to an old wall, one must be extremely aware of the structural logistics to not cause damage to the home itself or other aspects of the fixture that you did not plan on demolishing. There also remains other safety hazards to consider, such as correct safety gear, electrical wiring, fire hazards, mold, and so forth.

Conclusion

Now that you know a little bit more about interior and exterior demolition, give us a call to get your big project started. Demolition is an important step in any construction project, so make sure that you get started on the right foot by hiring the assistance of a company that you can trust to get the job done right.