COVID-19 doesn't have to disrupt your home renovation plans. While many are staying home and social distancing for COVID-19, it's more important than ever to ensure that your home is safe and comfortable. What are you to do if you were already working on or planning a renovation? What if you need a critical repair? It's important to work with a company who will put your health and safety first while not compromising quality or customer service.
Here are some suggestions that we have for ensuring the safety of your household, as well as the workers who are in the field.
Start with Virtual Consultations
Eventually, a home renovation company will need to be in your home. But that doesn't mean they have to start out that way. It's important that they still do their part to minimize your exposure. Virtual consultations mean that you'll be able to meet over phone or video conference when possible, and that means that you have far reduced likelihood of potential transmission.
Ask About Their Cleaning Process
It hasn't been shown that COVID-19 can be transmitted easily through surfaces yet, but it can live on surfaces for quite some time—several days, in some cases. Make sure that the company you're working with follows strict cleaning procedures for any equipment, tools, and materials that will be used to repair your home.
At the same time, you should also ensure that your home is clean and safe for the workers who will be there. A good company is going to make sure that their employees are safe, too, and are going to ask you questions, as well.
Ask About Their Personal Health Measures
Ask the company about their own directives for safe practices. This could include frequent hand washing, temperature taking for employees, and mask wearing when appropriate. Ask them if they have paid time off for employees and paid sick leave. If the employees aren't allowed to take paid time off when sick, they are less likely to report that they are ill.
The more comprehensive the company's personal health measures are, the more you should feel safe about working with them.
Limit Your Contact With the Contractors
While work is being done, you should limit your contact as much as possible. Designate a single household member as the contact person who will address questions and offer guidance when needed. This person will be able to serve as a go-between between the rest of the family and the contractors. Alternatively, this could be the head decision maker in charge of the renovations that are occurring.
Limited exposure will help keep your family safe, as well as the workers and their families. Likewise, make sure you're working with a single member of the contracting company as much as possible. If you can limit your communication with just the owner of the company, or just the head of the job, it will help.
In addition, make sure that everyone stays at least six feet away from contractors at all times, and consider wearing masks whenever they are in your home, even if you're nearby. It's your responsibility to help protect the workers too!
Are You Ready to Get Started?
If you need a home renovation or repair completed during COVID-19, don't despair. There are many companies, such as Exterior Medics, that are committed to both health and safety. Through conscientious cleaning services and continued professionalism, you will be able to get the renovation you deserve while still adhering to social distancing guidelines.
Many people are spending time in their homes and thinking about the repairs and renovations they need. Now is the right time. Reach out to Exterior Medics for questions and concerns or to discuss a particular project! We're committed to providing you peace-of-mind during these uncertain times.