There’s nothing more unsightly than having an abandoned, dilapidated mobile home sitting on your property. Depending on how well a home has been maintained, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) estimates that modern manufactured homes have an average life expectancy of 30 to 55 years. It’s not uncommon for older mobile homes to fall apart after only 15 years. If your property needs mobile home demolition and removal, contact the professionals at Excavation Oregon.
Steps for Mobile Home Demolition and Removal
Start with a plan.
It’s always a good idea for you to be very clear about what needs to be done before you begin contacting excavation companies for bids. Here are some examples of the information they will need:
How big is the mobile home? (dimensions or square footage)
- What materials were used in the home’s construction?
- What type of roofing material was used?
- Is the mobile home connected to public utilities?
- What type of foundation was used? Do you want it removed?
- How accessible is the home? How close are neighbors, fences, trees, and other obstructions?
- Where is the home located? Is it near a public roadway or in a remote location?
- Do you plan to sell any of the materials as scrap?
Understand the excavation company’s expertise.
It might be tempting to get the help of a group of friends and rent a backhoe or other equipment to tear a mobile home apart. Still, the work should only be performed by qualified and licensed professionals with excavation experience.
First of all, a professional company will determine if you need a permit and ensure all municipal or county requirements are met. Next, a qualified professional will carry appropriate insurance to protect you in the event of accidents or damages. Always review the contractor’s license to ensure it is up to date. Don’t be timid about asking the excavation company for references, and be sure to contact them to understand how other clients evaluated their work.
Get a written contract.
Having a contract is the best way to ensure all parties have the same expectations in mind and that you have recourse if the work is unsatisfactory. A good contract should include details such as:
- A thorough description of the work to be completed, including details about how waste materials will be disposed of
- The timeline for the job, including start and finish-by dates
- The parties who will perform the work
- The time of day in which the work will occur
- When payment is expected
Monitor the mobile home demolition work.
While no one expects you to have the qualifications to supervise the job, it’s always a good idea to keep an eye on what’s happening to ensure it meets your expectations. Take notes and pictures of any work that doesn’t match your contract, such as absences, delays, damage to property, etc. Discuss them immediately with the excavation supervisor rather than waiting until the job is done.
Keep good records.
Keep a file folder with the contract, change orders, permit receipts, invoices, payment receipts, photographs, and written correspondence.
When you need to clear your property, call the experts at Excavation Oregon.
Turning a piece of property into the environment you desire is hard work. Make it easier on yourself by hiring the professionals at Excavation Oregon. Partnering with a proven excavation company will help you through all the stages, from clearing an access road to building an in-ground pool. Our team at Excavation Oregon will assess your site and develop a plan for creating all your needs. Contact us today for more information and a free quote.