Being at home all day has made many homeowners discover faults in their houses and they are now thinking about renovating. But is it a good idea to renovate during COVID-19? Well, the idea sounds good if you consider these 5 benefits:
Construction workers, including plumbers, handymen, and electricians in most states and countries are categorized as essential service providers during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, some construction projects are categorized as non-essential and cannot be approved at this time. You need to confirm whether your planned renovation is essential before spending any money on it. If you get the green light to renovate, try to avoid these 5 costly mistakes:
The biggest mistake you can make at the moment is to invite COVID-19 into your household through construction workers. Anyone who comes to your home from outside is a potential positive case that must be avoided by everyone self-isolated or quarantined in the home. Ensure that the following social distancing practices are adhered to throughout the renovation process:
The constructors you hire need to have valid Public Liability insurance, which you need to include in the terms and conditions of the contract you sign with them. Allowing builders to start your project without such cover is a big risk to take, especially during a pandemic.
Most supply chains have collapsed, so you need to consider the possibility of stock shortages in your nearest stores. Not all hardware items will be on shelves a week from now. Your city can even be placed on total or partial lockdown any day. Anything can happen during these certain times, so you need to do what you need to do when you get the chance. Don’t procrastinate.
Unless it is a minor painting or decorating project, please leave it to qualified and accredited individuals. Don’t assume that because you are idle at home, it is okay to make minor structural alterations or electricity installations. Note that there are Building Regulations to be satisfied for the building to be approved for resale. Hire a siding contractor for your planned home remodeling, no matter how many DIY videos you have watched online. You still aren’t a professional.
The global economy is deteriorating by the day which means jobs could be compromised if things don’t turn for the better. It is unwise to withdraw a substantial portion of your savings or to take an unreasonably huge home equity loan before you are sure that your financial future is guaranteed.
The safety and health of everyone involved with your project should come first in every renovation decision you make. Also, whatever happens during the renovation, ensure that the builders and your family members are kept in the loop. Be honest and clear in all your communications.