Living in a Construction Zone
Living in your home when it’s under construction can be challenging. It’s ideal to temporarily move into another house or apartment, but that’s not always an option. If you and your family are planning on doing construction while still living at your house, there’s a few things you can do to ensure safety and sanity.
Decide on a construction schedule. Having a set plan will allow you to plan your day around construction times. You’ll have an idea of when workers will be in your home so you know when to expect high noise levels. This will also allow you to set your home security system so it doesn’t accidentally go off in the middle of the day.
Seal off construction areas. Keeping the construction areas in your home closed off will prevent your pets or children from entering into a potentially unsafe area. Sealing off the area properly will also help contain the majority of construction debris and dust from entering the rest of your home.
Always wear shoes. It’s best to get into the habit of wearing shoes around your home when it’s undergoing renovation. Even if the site looks clean, you never know where there could be a stray nail or piece of material floating around. It’s better to be safe.
Go on vacation. If you’re able to, plan a vacation during the construction schedule to avoid living in a construction zone full time. Living in an under-construction home, especially if you have children, can be a big source of stress. We suggest planning your trip towards the end of the timeline so you come back to a newly finished home. Just make sure to keep in contact with the on-site supervisor!