If the details of the preparation are done, it is time to begin site clearance.
It is likely that some clearance has been done while searching through the debris for personal belongings, but now it is necessary to do the gross clean up. In most cases, the best way to start is by engaging the services of a skip loader or a smaller version, a Bobcat. This will speed up the process of preparing for the rebuild.
An experienced operator can remove and load as much as 150 cubic yards of un-compacted debris in an eight hour day with a Bobcat, much more with a 580 skip loader. The operator’s speed is usually only limited by the number of haul-away boxes or trucks assigned to the site.
Operators can normally tell within an hour or two the time it takes to demolish, pick up, and load the job, so an hourly rate for the project is acceptable. Often there is a charge to move the machinery to and from the worksite. If there is other work scheduled nearby, the move fee is reduced dramatically, or there is none. The move on fee, if there is one, is upfront, amounting to two hours’ time. There may be an additional fuel charge as well.
Ask about dump fees. These can come as a total surprise, and they can be hefty. Check to see if there are any refunds or environmental deposit rebates on the appliances or if there is salvageable and saleable metal such as wrought iron fences, water heaters, etc.
If there are specialty items such as solar panels, windmills, water storage or LPG tanks, see if these can be salvaged or restored. These things are pretty tough and may well have weathered the disaster. They need to be inspected for leaks and damage early though so they can be removed with the debris if they don’t pass muster.
There may well be a debris removal program. Check with local authority to see if the job qualifies. The savings could be substantial.