Sometimes, creating a healthier and happier home environment for you and your children means investing in home improvements. The right renovations can enhance your home’s overall look, feel, and comfort and make it a safer place to raise a family. They can even save you a ton of money and increase your property value. As beneficial as home improvements can be, however, your family’s safety must remain a top priority.
Believe it or not, a lot can go wrong during a home renovation putting you and your family at risk. From accidents and injuries to property damage and health problems, several things could lead to a multitude of problems. While this shouldn’t discourage you from renovating your home, there are things you can do to keep your family safe throughout the entire process.
Be Smart About DIY
Doing your renovations can save you a lot of money. There’s no need to pay hourly wages for a contractor, and you can often reduce the cost of materials by purchasing supplies and equipment on your own. DIY is only an advantage; however, if you know what you’re doing.
Trying to complete projects on your own without the necessary knowledge, expertise, tools, and equipment could backfire. For starters, you could get hurt. If the renovation isn’t completed correctly, there’s also the risk of someone you love getting seriously hurt. Lastly, if you damage other parts of your property along the way, you’ll have to pay even more for an expert to repair the damage and complete the first job.
To keep your family safe during renovations, you need to be smart about DIY projects. If it is a very involved job or requires extensive knowledge, experience, and specialized tools, you’re better off hiring a contractor to complete the job.
Hire a Trustworthy Contractor
You shouldn’t allow just anyone to work on your home. Not only will they have access to your residence (and consequently your family), they are also responsible for ensuring the safety and well-being of you and your loved ones. All too often, homeowners try to get a good deal and hire someone without checking their credentials. The project ends up done poorly, or the homeowners become victims of a crime.
When hiring local general contractors to complete home renovations, do your due diligence. Do a background check by reading reviews and checking complaints on the Better Business Bureau site. You should also ask for proof of license and certification and ensure that the contractor complies with building codes by getting a permit and having their work inspected by a city official.
Once you’ve found a contractor, you should also take steps to verify their identity by checking that they have a uniform and asking for ID. You should keep this practice up for any subcontractors or home improvement experts they may hire to work on your house with them.
Secure The Workspace
Last but not least, to keep your family safe during home improvement jobs, you need to secure the workspace. As children and pets can easily wander off into areas they’re not supposed to be and get hurt; you want to try to limit this as much as possible. Do your best to secure the area by putting up child safety gates or other blockades to keep children and pets far away from danger.
When the contractors arrive, make sure that they are aware of the space they’re allowed to utilize. Instruct them to keep all of their tools and equipment in the blocked off area. You should also request that they clean up space at the end of each workday.
Suppose the renovation project is large or in a part of the home that you commonly use (like the kitchen or bathroom). In that case, you may want to consider staying in a hotel or with a relative until the project is complete to lower the risk of your children or pets getting hurt.
Creating a budget, writing down your ideas, and hiring an expert is likely at the top of the list of things to do when planning a home improvement project. While these are all crucial factors to consider in the planning process, you mustn’t overlook your family’s health and safety before, during, and after the renovation. Follow the advice above to get repairs done on your property without putting the ones you love.