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Front Page - Friday, December 4, 2020

Remodeling your home safely during COVID-19




The COVID pandemic has upended or canceled many activities and professional projects. But contractors are continuing to work to modernize homes across the Chattanooga area.

Professional remodelers are taking on extra safety precautions to help meet the needs of homeowners during the pandemic.

If you’re interested in remodeling your home, consider the following steps to help put your mind at ease, so you can comfortably start your next home remodeling project.

Prioritizing safety

If you’re ready to start your remodeling project, you’ll want to work with a professional committed to keeping you and your family safe during a remodel. The best place to start is by utilizing a directory of professional remodelers.

The National Association of Home Builders has a directory of professional remodelers dedicated to the highest professional and safety standards during the pandemic.

Ask about precautions

After you’ve narrowed your list of potential professional remodelers, ask questions related to safety. A qualified remodeler will be forthright and answer any questions you might have about personal protective equipment, social distancing while in your home and other concerns about sanitation or other potential hazards.

Establish communications

When you’re working with a professional remodeler, you’ll have to discuss details of your project, from evaluating your design ideas to agreeing to the scope of work. Talk with your remodeler about what areas of the planning process can be discussed online instead of meeting in person.

Some remodelers might even request a virtual tour of your home through a video call. Photos, design ideas, measurements and estimates can also be shared electronically.

If you must meet with your contractor in person, practice social distancing and wear a face covering.

Living arrangements

If you’re working from home or if you have children who are distance learning, tell your contractor. A professional will provide guidance on how to minimize significant disruptions, including those related to plumbing or electrical work.

If you have small children, most professionals will be willing to remove tools at the end of each workday or be placed out of reach as an extra safety precaution. A contractor can also erect temporary walls to minimize dust in your primary living areas.

The most important thing to remember if you’re moving forward with a remodeling project during the pandemic is to keep an open line of communication with your contractor via video conference or phone call and be flexible.

Due to the nature of the pandemic, unexpected delays might occur. A dose of extra patience might be required during this time, but a professional remodeler will remain committed to safety without jeopardizing quality workmanship.

To find a qualified professional remodeler in your area, visit the Home Builder Association of Greater Chattanooga’s online directory at HBAGC.net.