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With COVID-19 restrictions now lifted significantly, many homeowners are thinking about how they can kick-off those home improvements they were never able to get started due to lockdown. Tradespeople are now officially allowed in homes so long as they can work safely and it’s really important that you know the one you’re using has taken all the necessary precautions before allowing them in.
From vetting them before arrival to ensuring they don’t use your loo or crockery to make a brew, the free ‘Safe Guide for Homeowners (produced by the Glass and Glazing Federation – GGF) here contains all you need to know. Here’s the key points from this excellent guide.
Before employing a tradesperson or improvement firm to work in your property, you should first consider how healthy your home is, to safeguard not only yourself and others living there, but the tradespeople working there as well. Make sure you ask yourself:
Once you’re sure that your home is safe in relation to the above few points, you can then start thinking about how improvement work can actually make your home healthier. Maybe your home is draughty or damp? Urgently needs new windows and doors? Maybe the ventilation needs improving? Or the home could do with some extra natural light? There are so many ways you can make your home healthier, which we’ll explore in more detail in another blog. With many of us now spending more time inside than we ever have, now’s a good time to work towards making your home as healthy as it can be!
The nature of the job means that a tradesperson’s working environment can significantly change day to day – one day they’ll be working outside on an extension, and the next they’ll be fitting a kitchen. They’ll be well equipped to deal with changes in the environment already, but they should also be able to prove adherence to a number of health and safety measures in current circumstances. First and foremost, you should be absolutely sure that they’re working to Government guidelines and a professional resource, such as our safe guide. Secondly, ensure they’ve carried out a comprehensive health and safety assessment for the job and they’ve briefed their entire team on it. Don’t feel nervous to ask this question – it’s safer all round and they’ll already be very used to hearing it.
Other health and safety factors should include: regular use of hand sanitiser, ensuring they know which parts of the home you don’t want them to enter and sticking to this, eating somewhere away from the property such as in their van, as well as cleaning down any surfaces they’ve handled or installed at the end of each day. There are lots of other things to consider, so please check out the full list in the GGF safe guide.
Once you’re happy the company or tradesperson is on board with the points above, it’s advisable to:
Having spent so long under restrictions, many people are itching to start making home improvements. Hopefully, the decision to do this in the current climate will be easier if you’ve followed the precautions outlined in this article.
By ensuring you’re using tradespeople that adhere to the highest industry standards and follow the latest Government and Public Health England guidance, you can kick-start those important improvements. The GGF has issued its “Safe Guide for Companies” (which is aligned to the Government guidance) in digital format to all of its Members, so you can rest assured that you’ll be in safe hands with them. You can find an approved GGF member here.
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Tuesday, 7th July 2020
With COVID-19 restrictions now lifted significantly, many homeowners
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