Home renovation tips during COVID-19

7 Mistakes to Avoid When Doing Home Renovations During COVID-19

Posted by on July 6, 2020
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COVID-19 has enforced some rather strict limitations on visitors and out-of-home excursions. For homeowners, this has led to many DIY and home renovation projects. From decluttering to remodelling, bin rental has been a huge help in removing unwanted debris and junk.

At RedBins, we pride ourselves on being a leader in Toronto’s fight against pollution by helping our fellow Canadians dispose of unwanted items safely. As COVID-19 continues to limit our activities in the outside world, we know many Torontonians are taking this time to update their homesteads. To keep you safe during these endeavours, we’ve created a list of 7 mistakes to avoid. Here is what you should know about renovations during the pandemic:

1. Having multiple workers in your home at one time

People walking in and out of your home are touching multiple surfaces, engaging with others, and then touching your walls, cabinets, floors, light switches, doorknobs, and more. Ask your workers to wash their hands as soon as they enter your home, and to put on a fresh pair of gloves and a face mask. When they leave your home, these items should be thrown out, or packed away for washing (in the case of reusable masks).

These restrictions should always be enforced, even during cigarette, bathroom, or food breaks. Whenever a task switches or they leave your home, hand washing, new gloves, and a new mask are needed to ensure the spread of potential bacteria is minimized. These rules do not only protect you and your home, but they help protect your workers too.

2. Not enforcing safety restrictions

People walking in and out of your home are touching multiple surfaces, engaging with others, and then touching your walls, cabinets, floors, light switches, doorknobs, and more. Ask your workers to wash their hands as soon as they enter your home, and to put on a fresh pair of gloves and a face mask. When they leave your home, these items should be thrown out, or packed away for washing (in the case of reusable masks).

These restrictions should always be enforced, even during cigarette, bathroom, or food breaks. Any time a task switches or they leave your home, hand washing, new gloves, and a new mask are needed to ensure the spread of potential bacteria is minimized. These rules do not only protect you and your home, but they help protect your workers too.

3. Forgetting to check supply limitations before beginning a project

Unfortunately, COVID-19 has limited some of the materials that homeowners are looking for to update and renovate their homes. Not all stores are open, and some regular suppliers are unable to ship across borders. Before you begin tearing apart the spare bedroom to extend your closet and add a guest bathroom, be sure to check what materials are needed and order ahead of time.

4. Not checking for liability insurance before hiring workers

Any construction crew or contractor should be able to provide you with proof of liability insurance. This is important to protect both you and them from accidents on the job site. During a time like this, when hospitals are at maximum capacity and stress is running high, knowing your workers are insured should anything happen is a relief.

5. Using PPE frivolously

Personal protective equipment (PPE), such as facemasks, gloves, and other supplies, runs low worldwide. Projects that require medical or industrial grade masks should be avoided until demand subsides. For example, any jobs requiring heavy sanding or the spraying of paint require a mask with a ventilator or filter. Using these masks for home renovations takes them out of the hands of medical workers and first responders who need them to do their jobs.

6. Not investing in bin rentals

With sanitation being on the top of everybody’s thoughts, the last thing you want to do is leave junk, debris, clutter, and trash around your property as you undergo a major renovation. Bin rental allows you to remove all the unwanted debris from your home to be dumped or removed later. At RedBins, we offer hassle-free, affordable bin rental services in a variety of sizes for a multitude of projects. We can help you sort your debris into the correct receptacles and ensure everything is disposed of safely and legally.

Removing this debris from your house also removes the chance of any bacteria or viral microbes remaining in your home as renovations progress.

7. Starting a noisy project

The lockdown guidelines in Toronto have left neighbours in tight quarters with each other. Mr. and Mrs. Smith next door can’t take off for a weekend while you have construction workers demolish your garage. This means making a few concessions in light of current events to minimize disturbances in your neighbourhood. The last thing you want to do is annoy the people you’re stuck living next to, especially when everybody is at home almost all the time right now.

You may also want to avoid starting any projects that cause too much debris. Demolition projects tend to create a big mess, and at a time when we are already constantly cleaning and sanitizing every surface in our homes, this only adds more stress to an already stressful situation.

Contact RedBins to Learn More

If you are starting a home renovation project, we invite you to contact us at RedBins to learn more about bin rentals. Renting a disposal bin early will save you time and energy later when trying to deal with debris and junk. Our bin rentals are great for a variety of projects, including decluttering the basement, garage, or attic. Whether you are pulling up the living room carpet and refinishing floors, or restoring your back deck, RedBins can help by taking the stress out of junk and debris management.

Call 1-416-733-2467 to learn more about bin rentals today!

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