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Is Deconstruction Part of the Remodeling Team's Job?

by Mike Dodd, Home Remodeling Expert
July 14, 2016

Question: Is clean-up and debris removal part of the remodeling team’s responsibility?

Answer: Yes, deconstruction is a huge part of remodeling. There are exceptions, however. If hazardous materials like lead, asbestos and/or mold are required to be remediated in the course of the deconstruction, specialty firms that are certified to handle those kinds of materials may have to be engaged. If your home was built prior to 1978 and more than six square feet of the home is involved in the deconstruction phase, then your contractor is required to be EPA certified and he must present you with a RRP (Renovating, Repairing or Painting) brochure explaining the hazards of lead abatement. We have a clause in our contract that indicates that we will clean the job site on a daily basis.

Mike Dodd is the founder and President of Lifewise Renovations, that combines home remodeling project management with the expertise of health care professionals, to make it possible live safely and comfortably at home regardless of age or physical ability. As a member of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), Mike holds the Certified Aging In Place Specialist (CAPS) designation.

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