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Should Do Before a Contractor Starts the Work

What You Should Do Before a Contractor Starts the Work

Before a contractor starts work on your house, there are a few things that you should do to ensure that the job goes smoothly.

Hire a Babysitter

Children are curious and love to ask questions. While it’s a good learning experience to see the home renovation project taking place, kids can sometimes get in the way of contractors and even become a liability to them. It is best if you hire a babysitter who can care for the children off-site. When you make an appointment with a contractor, ask how long the job should take. That way, you can let the babysitter know how long they will need to watch the children, and you’ll have a better idea of how much the babysitter will cost you.

Hide Your Belongings

Whether you’re working with Pittsburgh insulation companies or roofers, you are employing their services because you trust them. However, you should always plan for contingencies, which means you should hide important belongings so that no one is tempted to take off with them.

Prepare the Area

Make sure the space that the contractor is working on is clear of all furniture. If you cannot remove the furniture from the room, then move it away from where the contractor will be working and cover the items with drop cloths or blankets to protect them from dust and debris.

Lock Away Animals

While most animals are afraid of strangers and may hide when new people come into the house, it is still important for household pets to be locked in an area that won’t be accessed. This will ensure that the animal is not underfoot and will remain safe while the work is being done on your house.

By following these steps, you can better protect your children, belongings, and pets while contractors work on improving your home.


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Henry Doe is a seasoned DIY enthusiast and home improvement, blogger. With over 10 years of experience in renovating his own home, he has honed his skills in carpentry, plumbing, and electrical work. Henry's passion for creating beautiful and functional living spaces has led him to share his knowledge and experiences with his readers through his blog, "Home Sweet Home DIY." His goal is to inspire and empower homeowners to tackle their own home projects, big or small. When he's not hammering and sawing, you can find Henry hiking in the mountains or sipping on a latte at his local coffee shop.