If you’re just about anyone in the world right now, your life has likely been tossed upside down as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. More businesses are closing up shop amid health and safety concerns, which could throw a wrench in your home improvement plans.
Renovating During a Health Crisis – Pros and Cons
Taking on a new project during a global outbreak isn’t impossible, but you need to consider a few key factors before getting started.
As more states issue Shelter in Place orders and recommend that everyone stays out of public areas, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to bring anyone but your immediate family into your house.
Since most remodels require the help of a contractor or vendor, this is something to consider if you’re unsure whether or not to postpone your project. If you plan on handling your remodel DIY-style, you could likely still work on it even under strict health regulations.
It might seem like you need to put ALL of your plans on hold until this blows over, but there are some benefits to remodeling during an outbreak.
Unfortunately, the Coronavirus also brought a huge upset to the global economy which has damaged businesses around the world. But, decreased demand in the home improvement sector could mean your project could end up costing a fraction of the price if you do it now.
If you’re able to complete your home remodel without breaking any state, federal, or local regulations, you could probably finish it in the midst of all the chaos.
Plus it would give you something to do while you are at home waiting for the “stay at home” order to pass.
Health and Safety Concerns
First and foremost, health and safety is everyone’s primary objective. Before beginning any remodel project or plan, consider the effect it might have on workers as well as those in your household.
The Coronavirus we’re currently battling causes respiratory issues, which could be easily aggravated by construction and build outs. Also, proper sanitation is a risk that everyone can face if the materials you’re working with aren’t easily cleaned.
Will workers be required to crowd around each other at any point? Do you/they have the necessary protective equipment to stay safe?
Once you’ve determined that you’re legally allowed to break ground for your remodel, consider these factors to ensure that everyone remains as secure and protected as possible during this time.
What Stage Are You On?
Where you currently are in the remodel process is also important to consider, since that has a large impact on the costs and timelines you’ll incur.
If you’re just getting started, you’re at the most malleable part of the renovation process. Here, you have the most flexibility to change directions and adapt to unexpected incidents.
But, you’re also at the mercy of whichever suppliers are still open and in operation. Take that into account when you’re designing your new entryway, kitchen, or sitting area.
Once you’ve finalized the design, it’s time to get to work. While the materials you’re looking for might be much cheaper than usual, you might run into stocking issues.
If you’re thinking about starting a new project, make sure to have a few alternatives for buying materials and tools. You never know when your favorite retailer might suspend operations or run out of what you need, so act fast and have backups.
For projects that require heavily specialized materials and expertise, consider the risk of needing to find a new supplier in the middle of construction.
The Coronavirus outbreak hit the world hard and fast. Many people who were actively in the midst of updating their home had their plans shaken up until further notice. But, you might still be able to finish up before COVID-19 finishes its course.
If you were able to secure everything you needed before the retail marketplace was turned on its head, you probably have a good chance of finishing without issues. Also, this is assuming your team wasn’t pulled from the job because of health concerns.
So, it’s the final stretch and COVID-19 came through just as you were about to cut the ribbon on your new patio or countertop. Naturally, it’s an unsettling time to worry about home fixtures. But, the responsibilities of property ownership stops for nearly nothing – including a global pandemic.
For those who are already closing in on the finish line of their remodel, you’ll likely be able to wrap up without too many hiccups. Just be sure to adhere to quarantine and self isolation requirements, and you’ll be good to go.
Now that you’re spending so much time at home, you’re likely itching to finish whichever eyesore is causing the most strife during the day. Thankfully, you may not need to cancel construction during the Coronavirus epidemic. Take a look at these tips to see if your home improvement project can still be done in the midst of a public health emergency.