Renovating during and post-lockdown
Renovating during and post-lockdown…The world has changed but that doesn’t mean you can’t do some much-needed renovating and redecorating of your home. These are the things that you need to keep in mind when embarking on renovations in a post-lockdown environment.
We‘re living in a time of uncertainty and no one really knows how long it is going to take for things to gradually return to normal; but that doesn‘t mean that life isn‘t still happening and things don‘t still to need to be done, rather we just have to adapt to a new normal way of doing things – one that not only prioritises our own safety, but the safety of those around us. We also have to take into account the ever-changing laws and regulations around what is and isn‘t permitted under the various stages of lockdown.
Navigating the various factors which need to be taken into consideration can feel like a daunting task for anyone considering renovating or redecorating their homes, which is why we‘ve put together some things you need to take into consideration when planning:
Familiarise yourself with the government‘s regulations, especially those concerning construction and operating a business during lockdown.
As the lockdown is being gradually eased one level at a time, it is important to familiarise yourself with the laws and regulations pertaining to each individual level. Make sure that any construction, renovating or redecorating that you want to do is permitted under whichever level of lockdown we are on – especially if, for example, we have moved back a level due to an increase in cases. You can do this by visiting the government‘s website to find out more about COVID-19 regulations and guidelines are currently in place and what is and is not allowed.
Find out if the suppliers, builders and designers you need are operating under lockdown and what their safety regulations are.
Once you have decided to renovate or redecorate your home, you will need to check that the builders, suppliers and designers are in fact open and are operating at the capacity needed to complete the job. You should also familiarise yourself with the safety regulations that they have in place, as this will enable you to ensure that they are compliant with government‘s regulations and that they are implementing the necessary precautions to ensure the safety of their employees and customers.
Find out if they offer video call consultations
If you are worried about having meetings or consultations with various people while in the planning phase of your renovations or redecoration, find out if the companies offer video call consultations. To undergo renovations or redecorate your home you will obviously need to have site visits for your designer or decorator and the construction team, however, if you can keep as many meetings as possible remote, then you will be able to minimise face-to-face contact and ultimately ensure your safety and that of the contractors.
Familiarise yourself with the occupational health and safety requirements which you and any contractors will have to comply with
There are a number of safety guidelines which exist to ensure the safety of workers during and after lockdown, to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and minimise risk. This includes the screening of workers before they are allowed on site, wearing cloth masks at all times, the procedure should one of the workers test positive for COVID-19 (who they‘ve been in contact with, self-isolation and disinfecting the site, etc), as well as hygiene and sanitisation practises. You can read more about the official health and safety regulations on the government‘s website here.
Maintain your own safety standards in your home which contractors and workers need to follow
Your safety and the safety of those in your home is paramount, which is why you should ensure that above and beyond the suggested guidelines, that you have your own sanitisation practises in place. This can include washing your hands before and after visiting the building site, maintaining social distancing at all times, wearing your mask and disinfecting any surfaces or items in your home that the contractors come into contact with.
While it may seem like a lot of effort to undergo renovations or redecorate your home under these conditions, it is important to keep in mind that we do not know how long it is going to take before the virus runs its course or a vaccine is developed. This means that many of the health and safety regulations are going to be observed for the foreseeable future, even once the lockdown is over and therefore, rather than postponing your renovations or redecorating indefinitely, you just simply need to take into account the factors mentioned in this article.