How To Manage Work Crews in Your Home

Some home repairs can't be tackled by even the most talented do-it-yourself homeowner.  For such occasions, it may be necessary to hire an outside source.  There are a few things to look for when hiring workers who will come into your home which indicate whether their stay will be a pleasant experience or, more likely, a messy headache.

It's always a nice gesture if workers entering your home put on shoe coverings.  Particularly if you have carpeting in your home, shoe coverings keep mud and dirt off the floor.  Generally resembling paper boots, the covers slip over existing shoes.  Taking shoes off at the door also works to avoid tracking in dirt.

When it's time to get working, crews indicate respect for the home and its contents when they prepare the travel path in the home sufficiently.  From the entry, through the home, to the location of work to be done, the floor needs to be protected from tools, machinery, and foot traffic.

There are two common methods used to cover flooring by work crews.  Workers can tape plastic sheets onto the floor or carpet using a commercial roll of plastic.  The plastic is thick, durable, and easily pulled up by workers to discard when the job is complete.  Secondly, tarps can be placed on the floor.  Tarps are generally heavy painter's fabric and work nicely as well.

Furthermore, if work crews in your home are painting or doing something that will cause dust, such as cutting into drywall or sanding, it is imperative that furniture and other objects are covered with plastic or tarp also.

Additionally, it is important for the homeowner to communicate with the project leader, who will likely introduce himself, or herself, and keep you informed of the time frame in which work is to be completed.  A good project leader asks the homeowner questions.  For example, what is the best door to enter through, or whether they can they leave tools and working material at the site overnight, if necessary.  The project leader let's you know when the crew is leaving for lunch, when they will return, and what time to expect them the following day.

In conclusion, don't forget that most work crews are completing physically demanding work and require comfortable temperatures to work in, if it can be provided.  Restrooms must also be available.  With mutual respect and clear expectations between homeowners and workers, both can leave the project feeling satisfied.


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