Building or remodeling an existing home is an exciting process. Families have the opportunity to create a home from scratch to fit their specific needs and wants, or they’re able to make much-needed upgrades to their homes. This article will break down how to protect the home during construction.
In a previous article, we explored the pros and cons of leaving or staying during a renovation. Whether a family chooses to stay or go, there are certain steps you should take to ensure the safety and well being of your home. How can you ensure the home is safe?
There’s a number of variables that arise during construction that need to be accounted for. Here’s what you need to know:
Protect from Dust and Debris
Guarding against dust and debris build-up in the home begins long before the job starts. Most contractors and builders will be conscious of these variables, but you can remind them of the degree of cleanliness you’d like to see in your home. If you are building yourself, be aware of proper protocol to help you limit dust.
- Install dust containment walls in the work area.
- If a doorway won’t be used, seal it off by closing the door and taping the seams on both sides.
- Screen off the entrance to the living room using plastic sheets that are hung from door frames. This works with other rooms and areas of the home as well.
- The home should be cleaned every day and products should be stored away once they’re done being used.
- Clean and sweep the working area to remove dust, debris, nails, and other artifacts that pile-up.
- Hardwood floors, tiles, and carpet should be properly covered.
General Safety Tips
- Building materials that are left in the home (table saws and other dangerous tools), should always be turned off and covered up to prevent accidents.
- Constructions mean flammable paints, glues, and other items are present in the home. Make sure that fire alarms are working properly. Battery-operated fire alarms can also be temporarily placed in the home.
- Know where the fire extinguisher is and know how to use it.
- If you have important items in the home that you don’t want to get dirty, move them to storage or a location where they won’t get dirty or break.
- Talk to construction workers about their methods for keeping a site safe and make sure they abide with protocol.
- Remember to maintain proper insurance coverage and always notify your insurance provider that a construction is taking place.
- If fire hydrants aren’t present in your neighborhood, notify the fire department that a construction is taking place. They may be able to help obtain alternate water sources.
- Home security and fire equipment should always remain on & active, even during a construction. Simply place plastic over smoke detectors during the day when work is taking place, so dust and debris don’t enter devices and set off false alarms.
- If you’re building a new home, home security and safety devices should be installed as soon as the home is complete, or backup power sources and WiFi emitting tools can be used to keep security running.
- Motion activated lights, perimeter fencing, gates or chains across driveways, and even security guards can help keep unwanted visitors away from your property.
- Remember to always advertise that you have home security equipment to keep perpetrators out.
- Regardless of living in a home or constructing one, home security stays relatively similar. Enact the same game plan you would for any home during your time of construction.