How To Stay Safe When Renovating During COVID
What’s a homeowner to do during the pandemic? Whether you started a renovation project before social distancing went into effect or you urgently need a plumber today, you will need to bring contractors into your home at some point.
That said, if you decide to move forward with a renovation or repair, you’ll want to be extra careful—for the safety of both your contractors, like me, and yourself.
So what does this mean, exactly? We talked to experts about what you should know before welcoming contractors into your home.
Move it online when you can. Consultations, walk-throughs, and initial meetings can happen online, especially with Facetime. Talk to your contractors and ask if they’ve been using any virtual workarounds for providing estimates, quotes, and design work. A video call could help avoid at least one unnecessary trip inside
Before you move forward, ask your contractors what precautions they’re taking in light of the pandemic.
How do you plan to keep my family safe while you’re working here?
What protocols will you follow?
Who do I contact if I do not see safe actions being taken?
Your contractors may also want some assurance from you to make sure they’re entering a safe work environment. Be prepared to talk about your own protocol for cleanliness.
Both you and your contractors should be following CDC guidelines. That includes wearing a mask and washing your hands frequently. If there’s any way at all possible, leave your house while the work is being done.
If you don’t have anywhere else to go, avoid the work area while contractors are present, and keep any immunocompromised m
embers of the household as far as possible from the worksite.
Stay safe, and let me know if you need any help!