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Five Key Differences Between Commercial and Domestic Demolition

Demolishing structures might seem simple, however, there’s a lot of nuance and expertise that goes into determining the best possible approach for every unique situation and project. One of the big factors is whether or not it’s a commercial or domestic demolition.

From small partial home demolitions to huge, commercial multistorey demolitions, there’s some major differences in how we approach and deal with the unique problems presented in each situation. With that in mind, here are five key differences between commercial and domestic demolition.


One of the key differences between commercial and domestic demolitions is the timeframes. Typically speaking, domestic demolitions will almost always be smaller, and therefore quicker, however, it’s important to remember that partial demolitions can also be slower than complete demolitions. When it comes to commercial demolitions, the scale of the structure being demolished gets bigger, typically, and this incurs other complications, which can make for a longer timeframe.


Another slightly obvious difference between commercial and domestic demolitions is the budget. With smaller, domestic demolitions, the project can be as simple as removing part of a house in place for a renovation. It can be a quick, straightforward and partial demolition, making for a much smaller budget. With commercial demolitions and really big projects, the budget required is much bigger.

Finding the Right Contractor

The right demolition contractor will fundamentally understand the differences between domestic and commercial demos, and while there are demolition contractors that specialize only in bigger projects, there are plenty of professional, highly experienced contractors who take on smaller projects. The key here is finding a proven, licensed, and insured demolition contractor to guarantee your project goes off without a hitch, regardless of whether it’s a smaller domestic project or a huge commercial development.

Equipment Required

Another of the big differences between commercial and domestic demolition is the equipment required. This directly links to the scale and size of the structures being demolished, as well as the materials and processing in question. For smaller demolitions, less heavy equipment is required, so contractors will utilize kit like small excavators, for instance. Commercial demolitions can utilize much bigger, heavier machinery, as well as explosive or implosive techniques, which you’d never see happening in your neighborhood!

Permits and Planning

Lastly, there’s key differences in the permits and planning required. The bigger a demolition project is, the more permits and planning required. Both require permits and planning, and they do follow similar guidelines, however, the planning required for a large, commercial multistorey demolition, especially in built-up locations is vastly more than that required for small domestic jobs.

Both require elements like the property to be inspected officially, checking utilities and disconnecting things properly before the demolition contractor begins to take the walls, pipes, wiring and more apart. These are all vital considerations that need to be incorporated into permits and planning.


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