How To Keep Your Home Clean During A Renovation
It's no surprise that renovation projects can get messy. Dust from demolition and saws gets kicked up, contractors traipsing in and out of your home with dirty boots, and scrap materials laying around.
Before you start your project, it's important to discuss his plans for site prep and clean up with your contractor. Discuss how and where trash and debris will be thrown out. Is he getting a dumpster or hauling it off himself? Also, find out if they will be keeping tools and materials on site and ask where they plan to keep them. Be sure to read our article, "10 questions to ask before hiring a contractor."
A great contractor will be respectful of your home and make sure the necessary precautions are taken to protect your home and limit the project's impact on your daily life. Dust barriers should be set up inside to keep dust contained to the project site. If workers can't access the project directly and need to go through your house, protective floor and wall coverings like Ram Board should be used. The site should be cleaned at the end of each day and of course when they complete the project.
As the homeowner, it's in your best interest to take a few additional preventative steps of your own. Cover furniture and window treatments with tarps or plastic and make sure it is as sealed up as possible. The same goes for your closets. Dust has a knack for finding its way into every nook and cranny!
I highly recommend you either purchase or rent a high-quality HEPA air purifier, appropriately sized for the room or house, and have it running 24/7. Make sure you change or wash the filters daily to keep it performing at its best. This will help cut down on the dust tremendously and provide some peace of mind that you aren't breathing in renovation dust for weeks. Plus, it's an excellent investment to have in your house even after renovations are complete.
Once construction is complete, you're definitely going to want to do a deep clean of your home. The industry standard for project clean-up is "broom swept." Meaning they will sweep, maybe do a quick vacuum, and leave. This certainly isn't going to be sufficient to get your house back in running order. Additional cleaning is the responsibility of the homeowner. We highly recommend you hire a cleaning service to come and clean for you. The trade-off in a team of professional cleaners is worth the price in the amount of time and effort you will spend cleaning on your own.
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