The world in which we are currently living is completely different than it was just a few months ago. The COVID-19 pandemic has altered the way in which Americans do just about everything, including preparing for home services professionals to do work on their properties.
Fortunately, the vast majority of North Carolina and South Carolina home services companies have been deemed “essential businesses,” which means they can still operate relatively normally during the coronavirus outbreak. There are, however, certain steps you should take to make sure your home is properly prepared for all home services during this unprecedented time.
You’ll discover some valuable tips in this guide:
Minimize face-to-face contact
With “social distancing” now a common phrase in modern vernacular, it’s important to minimize the face-to-face contact you have with any home services providers at this time. Fortunately, technology can be a great tool!
Instead of scheduling in-person meetings to discuss residential renovation projects and other home maintenance jobs, make use of online video conferencing tools, such as Zoom and Skype, and mobile video calling, like Apple’s FaceTime feature.
Use CDC recommendations to sanitize
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, have issued sanitization guidelines that are specific to stopping the spread of the novel coronavirus. These can be downloaded for free from the CDC website and include a variety of recommendations, such as sanitizing light switches, doorknobs, counters, and other high-touch areas before, during, and after any professional is in your Carolina home.
Have open communication
It is imperative to have open communication with any home services expert you hire. This is always important, but particularly so during the coronavirus outbreak. Make sure any expectations, such as using hand sanitizer before or after touching anything in your home outside of the work zone, are clear upfront.
You should also ask what precautions your Carolina contractor and his crew are taking to prevent the coronavirus from spreading further. If a specific professional doesn’t seem to have any interest in answering your questions, you should remove him or her from your list of options. Clear communication is a two-way street!
Try to consolidate projects
If you are planning on having more than one project completed by the same contractor, make an effort to have everything done simultaneously. This will make things easier for everyone in the long run. Your renovation crew won’t have to return to your home for multiple jobs, reducing your family’s risk of contracting the virus from them and vice versa.
We know this is not an easy time to have residential remodeling projects done. If you follow these guidelines and practice social distancing throughout your renovation, though, hiring local Carolina contractors right now can go a long way toward improving your local economy. This is not an easy time for any industry, but continuing to support your area’s home services professionals could provide a major boost in your zip code.
The Hatch Homes team, however, remains committed to providing top-quality exterior remodeling services throughout the Carolinas. We urge you to reach out to us with any questions and to learn more about what we’re doing to stop the spread of COVID-19.