Home repairs can cause emergencies at any given time of the day, week, or year. This can include cold and flu season, or when a contagious virus is spreading rapidly.
Here are a few tips to host your home repair providers in a safe manner, ensuring the health and safety of you and your loved ones while at the same time making sure that the repairs are conducted in a safe environment:
Schedule only critical repairs
Before scheduling a home repair provider, check and make sure that the repair is critical for the safety of you, your loved ones, or your house. Try attempting to repair it yourself, in the case that you can fix the problem.
Conduct your business digitally
To avoid close interactions and the risk of transmission, try to conduct as much of your business as possible using the computer and telephone. This can be used for most stages of the repair process including consultations, recces, billing, and follow-ups.
Be clear about your fears
Most contractors appreciate the fear you may have and can take necessary precautions to further strengthen the safety of you and your loved ones. They can reduce the number of workers and increase the usage of protective equipment to reduce any risk of transmission.
Set in place safety protocols for your provider
Simple protocols, such as using shoe covers, removing outerwear, wearing face masks, and thoroughly washing hands before starting the day’s work greatly reduce the spread of germs. Feel free to convey any special requests you may have.
Maintain safe distance
Avoid close contact and shaking hands and instead choose to wave to prevent the spread of infectious diseases and viruses. At all times, maintain a six-foot distance to limit the transmission of airborne pathogens. To reduce the risk of transmission you can also cordon off the area of your home undergoing repairs. Alternatively, ask your home repair providers to use a side entrance.
Sanitize and disinfect regularly
Make sure that the home repair providers are sanitizing and disinfecting their tools daily before they leave for the day. Once the contractor leaves, ensure that you sanitize the surfaces to destroy any germs.