If you are a homeowner with a piece of concrete on your property, such as a patio or a sidewalk, and you want it removed, there are several ways you can go about it. You can attempt to do it yourself, hire a handyman or other non-licensed worker, or you can hire a professional contractor. The best choice is to go with the licensed contractor. The following are a few reasons that this is true.
A professional will have the right tools for the right job
Although it is possible to rent certain tools, they may not be the right tools for the specific size of concrete on your property. A contractor will have a variety of tools, including the right size cutting saw. Any hand tools that are needed for this work a professional will also have. With the right tools in the hands of a professional, the job will go quickly and be done to a high standard.
A licensed contractor will do the job safely
A big issue with concrete removal is how it is broken up. If you or a local handyman attempt to use a sledge hammer there will be pieces of concrete flying in every direction, and this can easily create property damage. Even a concrete cutting tool, in the hands of an amateur, can produce small particles of cement that shoot from the blade because the tool was not being used properly. The average person cannot be expected to use a concrete cutting saw the way a contractor does.
A licensed contractor will have the proper insurance
This is critical because removing concrete can be dangerous, and the chance of injuries is always present. If you hire a handyman and he gets hurt on your property, he is not likely to be insured. When he files a claim with your homeowner's insurance company, they may say that the handyman was working as a subcontractor for you; therefore, you are responsible for any liability incurred. A property owner is always better off using licensed contractors on their property for any type of work, especially cement removal.
A licensed contractor will take away the cement debris
Another thing to keep in mind if you decide to do the work yourself is how the concrete will be disposed of. You may end up renting a truck, but then you'll need a legal place to dump the concrete. All of this takes time and money. A concrete cutting company will take the debris away, and you won't have to think about it.
There really is no good reason to attempt this work yourself, and hiring a handyman is risky. A licensed contractor who specializes in concrete cutting and removal will do the job safely and efficiently.