It’s nearly two months into 2018, and you still haven’t followed through on your resolutions. One of those resolutions was to start redesigning the house. I know how lazy we can all be, but it’s important to remember why you make resolutions like this in the first place. Maybe you wish to move on from a heartbreaking loss. Or your house has been creaking one floorboard after the other, meaning you need repairs. Either way, this is where I come in – to motivate you to renovate. You’ve been thinking about it, but now it’s time that you do something about it.
Complete your resolution by upgrading your home. A word of caution, though: remodeling is not an easy endeavor. There are certain security and safety factors you need to keep in mind before diving headfirst into it. The following tips will smooth the transition from old to new, and guide you on your way.
Wrap Yourself Up Well
Before initiating your battle with the rising dust-storm, you need to pull your socks up and wear proper armor. This includes a long-sleeved shirt, jeans, gloves, socks, and work boots. Have a pull-over mask handy, because there may be harmful elements coming from an old wall seeping into the air that could cause respiratory infections. Use proper eye-gear to protect yourself from dust and fragments of flying cement which could cause corneal damage.
Hide Away Your Valuables
You’re going to remodel your house either on your own or with the help of contractors. Either way, the house is going to be a buzzing activity with all sorts of people around. Neighbors, passersby, construction workers, utility setters, and more will partake in this project. So it’s up to you to stow away your valuable goods, like your laptops, TVs, and jewelry in crafty nooks and crannies. Keep them hidden, at least until the redesigning is over. It never hurts to take extra precaution.
Hire a Trusted Contractor
Remodeling your house is a major feat that brings an undeniable sense of permanence to it. If a wall goes here instead of there, there’s nothing you can do about it except for starting all over again and spending even more money. So be careful when you hire a professional contractor. They must be well-versed in their work, know budget-friendly shortcuts, and most of all have a solid reputation. Otherwise, your home security could be compromised by a devious contractor, who now knows the ins-and-outs of your house, and can take advantage of its vulnerabilities. Beware of artful dodgers!
There are going to be gaping holes in your house’s walls when you go about remodeling it. Along with those will be heaps of cement bags lining the area, piles of logs, plastic wrap hanging from the walls, and dust in the front lawn. These are all the signs of a house under construction, or a house exposed and vulnerable. This mean it is an ideal target for robberies.
In order to avoid break-ins, install floodlights around the front and back of the house, hidden cameras both inside and outside the house, motion sensors which will send alerts directly to your smartphone, and automated locks that will only open with access codes. Keep an eye on anything and everything!
Deal with Environmental Hazards
When you tear apart an old house, thousands of potentially hazardous things could come flying at you. You should know how to deal with them in order to be safe.
Dust: The most visible and irritable of all these potential hazards is dust, which comes off from old plaster and gets into your airways, often leading to asthma. Try to vacuum as much as you can, or clear it away using wet rags.
Paints and Asbestos: The dangerous fumes from paints and varnishes also constrict breathing. If it’s a really old house, then lead in the flaking paint and collected asbestos in ducts makes the environment poisonous. Make sure to have a good ventilation system in place to clean the air and make it breathable.
Mold: If mold is formed in wet areas, spray it off. Use professional help if necessary.
Utilities: Your utilities might get out of hand during construction, leading to fires and floods. So turn them off as well, or use them minimally.
Pests: Given the holes that come with a house under construction, opportunist pests and critters might come into your house and carry diseases all over. Exterminate them, and cover up the holes.
Reassess and Optimize for Security
Finally; the remodeling is, done and your house looks as good as new. The contractor and workers leave the premises, taking their stuff with them. You’re alone now, yet there’s a nagging feeling in the back of your mind that you’re still not safe enough. To mitigate that feeling, you can protect your newly refurbished home with an advanced, automated, and reliable security system. Reassess the new upgrades, and see where the potential weak spots are. If you’ve modernized your surroundings, then why not digitize them as well? Don’t worry about expenses, because Vivint home security prices are pocket-friendly.
Before remodeling your personalized space and bringing positive change to your life, read over the aforementioned tips to ensure safety and protection during your remarkable renovation!