How to Prepare your Home for Building work

Everyone wants to make changes to their home and as a result, any type of building work will influence your home life. With contractors on your property, you will be dealing with foot traffic, dust, and disruption, especially with noise. So, these are some methods to be a little more prepared before your building work starts.

Getting your Home ready

Now when your build begins you are going to have a lot of foot traffic throughout your home and especially in the rooms in which the contractors are working in. Therefore, you should look to clear out the rooms that are going to be worked in before the building work begins.

We all care about the items and furniture in our home so it’s best to protect your furniture by moving them into rooms that are not being worked on. This will also benefit your contractors, as they will have the space to work and not accidentally break something.

However, with large builds you might find that you don’t have the space to store furniture, so we recommend putting it into storage or covering it for protection.

You will discover when your build begins that the work creates an extremely large amount of dust. And though you may believe that this will only affect the rooms that are being worked on, then think again, as dust will travel around your entire home.

Dust is no fun at all, and you don’t want to damage any of your furniture or precious household’s items so you should place dust sheets everywhere. Furthermore, you could offer to your builders to use your own vacuum, as this will help to clear up the mess. Even if they already have their own, it’s always good to offer them another as two is better than one.

Everyone has their own relationship with their neighbours, it may be good or bad but it’s always best to notify your neighbours about any work you are having done before it starts.

Building work itself is extremely noisy and disruptive so it’s always good to try and give your neighbours as much information as possible. As well as giving them a timeline of when the workers are arriving and when they will leave for the day.

Furthermore, if there are any particular days where certain work will take place which will cause even more disruption, make sure to let them know. 

And make sure to give your neighbours updates if there are any delays, this will completely change the timeline of the build.

Tips for Living with Builders

Living with builders will get some getting used to and at points can be very stressful, but there are some tips to make things a little easier.

Firstly, you want to make sure before your project begins is anything you need to organise before the project. As a result of this, it will help to take pressure off so you don’t forget anything.

Make sure that they need any facilities like a portaloo or if they need a skip, as the last thing you want is on the first day of the build your contractors are not able to begin.

Secondly, another good tip is to discuss with your builder when you’re going to lose water/heat so you are prepared and know when it will happen. Communication is an extremely key element to build a good client-builder relationship and you should make sure to get constant updates from your builder but also let them know of any changes.

Living with builders will get some getting used to and at points can be very stressful, but there are some tips to make things a little easier.

Firstly, you want to make sure before your project begins is anything you need to organise before the project. As a result of this, it will help to take pressure off so you don’t forget anything.

Make sure that they need any facilities like a portaloo or if they need a skip, as the last thing you want is on the first day of the build your contractors are not able to begin.

Secondly, another good tip is to discuss with your builder when you’re going to lose water/heat so you are prepared and know when it will happen. Communication is an extremely key element to build a good client-builder relationship and you should make sure to get constant updates from your builder but also let them know of any changes.

Health and safety are extremely important when it comes to work being done on your home, and your contractors will take great care and precaution to stop any accidents from happening.

You should let your contractors know of any other information that may relate to health and safety. For example, if you have children inform them so that they will take extra care and make sure to leave no tools or materials that could later result in an accident.

Lastly, on the brighter side doesn’t be afraid to make them a cup of tea or offer them a chocolate treat, they’re providing you with a great service so the little things will really help to make them comfortable and respected. Though your relationship is a professional one the last thing you want to do is come across as rude or unwelcoming.

Let us know if you followed any of these tips or did something we haven’t mentioned below, we would love to hear from you! 

Alternatively, follow our social platforms for more information daily

On-Site Doing it Right!