Remodeling a property opens your home up to dozens of people who you may not know. For this reason, it’s important to take steps to secure your home and valuables during a home remodel.
If you’re planning a renovation in the future, follow these steps to ensure that your home is safe.
Insist on Licensed and Bonded Contractors
Using unlicensed contractors can save some money in the short term, but it also opens your home to a lot of people who you can’t find later if there’s a problem. Working with a licensed contractor gives you some protection if there's a problem with the job.
If you can’t watch your property while work is being done, then use video cameras to monitor everything. There are hundreds of options on the market, so picking which one is right can be tricky.
If you’re worried about a vacant property when no one is present, then consider buying relatively inexpensive hunting cameras to record any movement on the property. If you’re concerned with what goes on when workers are present, then install so-called nanny cams near areas where valuable things are stored. To prevent legal issues, make sure that you inform your contractor that you have security cameras installed on your property.
Hide and Lock
If you have small items in your home of great value, such as jewelry, it’s a good idea to gather them and secure them in a safe or another secure place for the duration of the construction work on your property.
During a construction project, furniture and household goods can be moved frequently from room to room as work crews set up in various places around the house. By gathering everything of value and securing it before work starts, you’ll ensure that these items don’t get lost or misplaced in the shuffle. To secure your valuables, buy a small, portable safe.
Dirt and accidental damage are far more likely than theft when you use a reputable contractor, so take steps to protect your furniture from any accidents. While a good contractor will secure the area they’re working in and cover the walkways to and from that area, it may be a good idea to cover expensive furniture and other large items with old sheets.
You might also want to ask that your contractor to use walkway covering from the work area to the bathroom.
Hire a House Sitter
This is the most expensive option, but it is a good way to ensure that nothing happens to your property while you’re gone. If you don’t know anyone who can sit in your home all day, you may want to consider if you can come home for lunch or send a friend to drop by periodically to check on things.
Work with Owens Construction
When you hire Owens Construction for a contracting job, you don't have to worry about what's going on at home. We are one of the most respected residential design-build contractors in the area. We offer a personal touch that you won't find elsewhere, which has helped us build a strong foundation of trust with our clients.
If you are thinking about remodeling your home, come talk to us at Owens Construction. We'll work side-by-side with you to create a thoughtfully planned and well-produced project. Contact us today to get started.