Demolition Blues: 3 Ways to Help Your Family Cope

Properties can sometimes be affected by storm damage or subsidence. In some cases, the damage caused means that repairing the house is not an economically viable option. In these cases, the home will have to be demolished. If you are facing the prospect of having to demolish your family home, you may be wondering how you and your family will deal with the painful emotions this can create. Below is a guide to 3 things you can do to help your family cope with the demolition of their home.

Take unique features with you

When a demolition crew arrives to begin work on a house, typically they will not remove any internal items. If there are any unique features such as fireplace surrounds, mosaic tiles or door handles that you wish to take with you, you should have these removed before work begins to bring down the house. If you are planning to rebuild from scratch rather than buying an existing home, you should consider removing timber or stone from your old house and incorporating it into the new property. Doing so can help you to settle into your new home.

Commemorate the site of the house

When the property has been completely demolished, you should consider placing something on the site to commemorate the time you spent there. If you are planning to rebuild in the same location, you could include a small wall plaque or memorial bench in the garden. If you are not building on the plot where the house once stood, you could consider planting trees or a memorial garden there to help you come to terms with your loss.

Make a photographic record

Before the demolition work starts, you should hire a professional photographer to capture some final images of your home. If you can safely access the house, you should carry out a walk around with the photographer and point out any particular rooms or areas you would like preserved on film. 

A photographer will also be able to take a range of external shots of the property which can also include your family. A photographer will have the skills to keep any damage out of the shot, allowing you to remember your home as it was in its prime rather than dwelling on the reason you have had to abandon it. 

Having these photographs to look at can help you and your family come to terms with the loss of your home while also remembering the good times you enjoyed there.

If you have any questions about the demolition process, contact a demolition company today.