Whilst we strive to cause as little disruption as possible, it’s only natural that you’ll experience some disturbance during the construction process. We’ve come up with some essential tips for living at home ‘whilst the builders are in’.

  1. Find a construction-free zone – to keep your sanity intact and stay safe, make sure you mark off a construction-free zone before any actual work starts. This will ensure that you have a clean, less noisy space to live whilst construction is going on. You’ll need to agree this with the builders first!
  2. Determine the construction schedule – knowing exactly when workers will be in your house will help you to retain your privacy, as well as make sure your house is secure.
  3. Make sure children and pets are kept away from construction zones – construction sites can be dangerous places for curious children and pets. If you’re not around to supervise them, it’s worth finding someone who can look after them when you’re not at home.
  4. Plan a holiday – whilst this isn’t strictly staying at home during construction, it can provide a welcome stress-free respite from the work that’s going on, meaning that when you return, you’ll feel ready to take on any challenges that might arise.
  5. Always wear shoes – whilst we take every care to keep construction sites tidy, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Make sure you wear shoes around the house, especially near construction zones to minimise the chances of an accident.
  6. Be clear about who can enter and exit your home – if you’re staying at home during construction, it’s likely that you’ll be following your normal daily routine. So, naturally, you won’t always be in to let people enter and exit your house. Installing a lock box near a single door, for example, is a convenient way to make sure workers can get in whilst you’re out whilst keeping your home secure.
  7. Choose a contractor you can trust – it’s only natural to want your home to be in safe hands. Choosing a contractor that you can trust, like Nutshell, can help to alleviate the inevitable stress that comes with home improvements. You need to be able to trust that your contractor will produce quality work in a timely manner and collaborate with you every step of the way.