Tips & Advice
How much does it cost to demolish a structure?
The cost of demolishing a structure is typically assessed based on square footage, with larger projects costing less per square foot than smaller ones. The standard range is $4-$7 per square foot, although it can slide up to $5-$14 per square foot for small yet specialized or difficult projects (for example, because the building is built of tough-to-demolish materials like brick). Note that deconstruction, where buildings are dismantled carefully in order to save the raw materials for reselling or reuse, is significantly more expensive than demolition.
What is a demolition engineer?
A demolition engineer is a specialized subset of civil engineering that plans and oversees complex demolition projects, such as bridges, and high rise buildings. A demolition engineer typically needs a 4-year degree plus specialized training (usually accrued on the job and through coursework), certifications in asbestos removal and other high-risk activities, and should be licensed at state and/or local levels according to state law. The qualifications are different and more formal education-heavy than those of a demolitions expert, which does not require secondary education.
What does demolition work involve?
Demolition work involves creating a risk-controlled, legally compliant and efficient plan, first and foremost. The first physical step is usually gutting the building (i.e. removing anything) that can be removed and is potentially of value if resold/recycled. Then, the demolition crew either takes down the remaining structure with handheld tools and manual labor, if they want to save the raw materials, or by use of explosives and heavy machinery if the demolition engineer or crew leader deems this the best way to remove the structure.
What does a demolition contractor do?
A demolition contractor oversees and carries out the tearing down or dismantling of load-bearing structures, oftentimes buildings, in a planned, managed and risk-controlled manner. It’s important to note that this is among the highest-risk of construction activities, and demolition contractors should therefore be carefully vetted, with expertise and proper licensing/registration in demolition and ancillary activities.
Are demolition contractors required to have a license?
Yes, in general, demolition contractors are required to have at least one license. In a few states, demolition contractors are required to have county or municipal licenses only. But in others, this work requires state and local licenses. The requirements are set state-by-state, and some states decide whether license is necessary based on the cost of the job. Even states that don’t require licensing typically require registration.
How long does it take to get the title of a used car?
Ideally, when purchasing a used car, you should have the title in hand before driving off in the vehicle. While the laws vary from state to state, many states stipulate that buyers shouldn't take ownership of a used car unless they've received the title.
Keep in mind that even if you've paid for a used car, you don't really own it unless you're in possession of the title. And you can't be sure if the person selling the car is the rightful owner unless you've seen the title.
Can a used car be driven without plates?
State laws dictate that cars tapped for road use should have visible license plates. However, many states have provisions that give drivers a couple of months to obtain plates for cars that have been recently purchased or leased. This allows you to legally drive your newly purchased used car even though it is without plates.
What are the disadvantages of buying a used car?
There are a couple of disadvantages of buying a used car. The first has to do with reliability; since used cars have been previously owned, they might be less dependable than new cars in certain circumstances. Also, new cars come with generous warranty coverage, which isn't offered with many used cars. Manufacturer-backed certified pre-owned cars are the exception to this rule; these used cars come with warranty coverage that is comparable to that offered by by new vehicles.
What are the benefits of buying a used car?
Buying a used car provides a huge financial benefit to car shoppers. New cars can lose nearly 20 percent of their value to depreciation after just one year of ownership. For this reason, even a one-year-old used car can be significantly more affordable than a comparable new model. Used cars also come with lower sales tax and registration fees, and they are less expensive to insure than comparable new models.
What are the benefits of buying from a used-car dealer?
There are certain benefits that come with buying a used car from a dealer. The dealer will typically handle all of the paperwork related to registration and title transfer, and the dealer will calculate applicable sales tax. This is a convenient perk, and it will save you time. Also, if you're looking to finance the car, the dealer may be able to provide you with affordable options.
If the used car is part of a manufacturer-backed certified pre-owned program, it will be sold with a warranty that can help shield you from expensive repairs. Also, certified pre-owned cars must pass a rigorous inspection to be included in the program, and this helps you avoid vehicles that might develop serious reliability problems down the road.