As you’ve probably been inspired by many do-it-yourself shows on TV as of late, you may be getting the itch to remodel sections of your home. With remodeling comes a certain amount of home demolition. While it seems as simple as taking a sledgehammer through a wall for an open-concept feel, there are many details to take into account when engaging in demolition within your home.

Your Neighbors

Demolitions of any size are loud, noisy, and very messy — not just for you, but for your neighbors as well. In order to cushion the blow of the racket, the dumpster in your driveway, and the dust in your yard, it pays to let your neighbors know what is happening. Make sure to tell them how long the demolition will take and sweeten the pot a little with some “Sorry For The Noise/Mess/Eye Sore” gifts. A bottle of wine or tickets to local show may help you keep your domestic friendship intact.

The Filth

Anytime you take down a wall or knock out some cabinets, there is going to be a lot more coming loose than whatever your hammer makes contact with. Dust, dirt, and debris are going to be abundant. Make sure you planned for a monumental mess by sectioning off your demolition space from the rest of the house before anything comes loose.

Where You’ll Stay

Many try to save money during a demolition by continuing to live in a different section of the house. While this sounds simple enough, the reality is that dust, debris, and all sorts of other substances will likely make their way all over your house. Dust particles will linger in the air and living conditions may be downright dangerous during this time period. To make life easier on your family, plan to stay someplace else. Call in a favor from a friend or family member or consider a hotel or even an Airbnb nearby for a homier vibe. Attempting to be a hero and staying in your partially destroyed house will be a miserable experience.

The Paperwork

Most demolitions, even smaller ones inside your house, require permits. You’re making a lot of noise and dealing with structural elements, so you’ll want to make sure your plan is in order. Consult a construction professional about the necessary permits you will require and consult your homeowner’s association to ensure you aren’t violating any community standards.

Who Will Do The Smashing

Demolition seems as simple as swinging a hammer or running a reciprocating saw down the wall, right? Wrong, wrong, wrong. You may feel inspired to truly do this yourself, but it probably will not be very long before you’re in over your head. Compromised load-bearing structures, unplotted electrical lines, plumbing, asbestos, debris, and other surprises can stop any demolition dead in its tracks. Consult professional construction services when engaging in any demolition project within your home. If you really want to do some of the demolition yourself, only do so after consulting these professionals.