Remodeling one’s home is a large undertaking. Even if you’re only making small repairs such as redoing the floors in a few rooms, you’re going to have a large amount of variables to deal with. Between finding the right contractors, supplies and time frame for the project, it’s easy to overlook the fact that home security is a crucial factor in any remodeling effort. If you’re going to have strangers coming in and out of your home, or even temporarily remove an exterior wall or door, it’s worth considering how to minimize your risk. Here are three ways to ensure that your home remains secure, even in the midst of remodeling:

1) Research

It’s important to have a fair amount of information about any business that you’re going to allow to work on your home. In addition to ensuring that you receive a fair price and an honest, thorough effort, this greatly reduces your chances of hiring someone with ulterior motives. While we’re sure that most contractors are entirely reputable individuals, you want to make sure that you aren’t handing out the opportunity to the wrong person. Be sure to thoroughly research any company or service you plan on using before hiring them for your home remodeling. Read reviews of their work on sites like www.angieslist.com in order to be sure you’re connecting with the right people and that others before you haven’t had a bad experience.

2) Relocate

Everyone’s comfort level with having strangers conducting work in their home is different. Still, regardless of how much you trust the individuals remodeling your home, you’ll want to ensure that you’ve moved your valuables out of harm’s way. Burglary is a crime of opportunity in the sense that it is easier to commit when a house is made vulnerable or more accessible, as homes are during periods of construction. Make sure to move any and all valuables out of the area of your house that is being worked on and store them securely elsewhere. This is particularly important if any of the parts of your house receiving an update will temporarily allow an entrance from the outside (for example: a wall or large window being replaced).

3) Record

It may seem somewhat invasive, but if you’re undergoing any major remodeling, you may want to consider investing in some video surveillance cameras. The last thing that you want to happen during a period of construction, besides the potential theft itself, is to have no record of what happened and be left wondering what to do. Surveillance cameras not only provide you with the opportunity to monitor those working in your home from anywhere, but can also serve as valuable evidence in trying to piece together the events of a burglary. Perhaps most importantly, they can be adapted for other purposes once the construction is finished.