New homeowner here and we would like to remove a cast iron wood stove and the brick structure with minimal damage to the hardwood floor below (see picture below). Two options:
1) Hire someone. We already contacted multiple builders but they basically don't call back or don't have time. One came by for something else but now shows no sign of being interested in the job. We don't even know whether this is a job for a builder. The guy who came by said demolition expert but isn't that overkill?
2) DIY. What are the steps? Is this doable? Does the chimney has to be sealed off?
ps: Any thoughts on whether the hardwood floor below is intact would be appreciated. Everyone says something else.