The decision to remodel your home is always an exciting one. It’s like you’ll be living in a brand new place once the construction is done! But what many homeowners forget to consider is what they’ll be doing during construction.
Whether you’re remodeling one room or you’re gutting the whole house one space at a time, keeping the non-remodeled parts of your home and your family safe are important. Keep reading to learn how to do just that.
Everything inside the space being remodeled has already been removed, but there’s no need for all of your other furniture in surrounding areas to get covered in construction dust. If you want to keep your furniture looking beautiful, make sure you cover it up.
One of the best things you can do for your home and your family during construction is to keep the active construction zone contained. You don’t want all of that dirt and dust getting into your carpet, which, even in normal circumstances, can carry up to one pound of dirt and debris. It’s not healthy for your family to be breathing in that kind of material, either.
Cleaning becomes even more important during construction. And it’s important to do it every day. If you’re getting a ducted HVAC system installed like 90% of other newer homes, dust is going to be your number one enemy. And it will be everywhere if you have construction going on in the rafters of your home. So keep cleaning!
If your construction is taking place in a central area, make sure your family has planned routes throughout the home that circumvent it. This will allow your family to maintain privacy while leaving the construction workers in your home undisturbed as they work.
It’s especially important to communicate with your kids when there is construction in the house. There may be raw materials left in the area when workers aren’t around. Whether it’s steel ducts (one of the four most common metals used in construction) or sharp tools, make sure your children know that, no matter how curious they get, it’s important to steer clear of that area.
If you’re gutting the entire house, it may be best to consider a temporary relocation with your family. This will ensure that your construction goes on uninterrupted and that you and your family are clear of any hazards currently present in your home. Even if 92% of urgent care centers have a wait time of less than 30 minutes, there’s no reason for anyone in your family to suffer an accident at home during your remodel. If you do decide relocation is the best option for you, make sure you have arrangements in place long before construction starts.
While remodeling your home can be an exciting time, there are also many logistical issues that need to be taken care of. In order to protect unaffected areas of your home and your family, make sure you take stock in the tips above.