How to Prepare for a Contractor
Hiring a contract to handle home improvement projects is something which millions of people throughout the country do every year, and although most jobs go ahead without any problems, there are instances when property can be damaged, and accidents can occur in the home, usually involving the contractor.
Even though you can’t do much to avoid a contractor injuring himself, there are ways you can protect key parts of your home such as flooring and furniture, and things you can do to minimize the risk of a contractor causing a problem within your home.
Whilst a good contractor will always cover all bases and take care to avoid damaging your property, you can never be too careful; after all, you are inviting a stranger into your home.
#1: Carry Out a Careful Hiring Process
Hiring a contractor is the most difficult part of the entire home improvement process. There are millions of people throughout the U.S. offering their professional services, and sorting the good from the bad isn’t easy, especially given the fact that all home improvement projects are unique.
Performing a bit of background research should always be part of the hiring process when you are looking for a contractor. Thanks to the internet, this is easier than ever and more often than not you can find out a lot about a contractor through Facebook. Many of them have their own pages which they use to market their services, and it’s common for previous customers to leave detailed feedback.
#2: Cover Your Surfaces
If you are having any major work done, then you need to be using surface protection. Contractors will be walking around in dirty shoes, using lots of different equipment, chemicals, emulsions, caulks and paints, and will probably be using bulky tools to get the job done.
All these are bad news for your surfaces, especially if you have carpeting or a hardwood floor. By placing down heavy-duty surface protection, you eliminate the possibility for all these things to mark your flooring.
#3: Remove Any Hazards
You should have a look around your home and think about potential hazards which could come into contact with your contractor. Do you have dogs or other big pets? Perhaps consider taking them to a friend’s house or shutting them in the yard whilst the contractor is carrying out work. After all, you don’t know your contractor. They could have a fear of dogs, an allergy or be taken by surprise by your Labrador bounding in to say hello. If the contractor is concentrating on work or has heavy equipment in hand, this could cause a serious accident. It’s down to you to figure out if your home has any inherent hazards and remove them prior to the contractor’s arrival.
There are lots of things you can do to prepare for a contractor’s visit to your home and help the entire process go ahead without a hitch. If you are careful, then the job should go ahead without any problems.