Property renovation and flipping houses are exciting and challenging projects full of goals and vision for making big changes to improve the quality of a residence. Major renovation projects are a lot of work, however, and can involve exposure to risky situations, which is why they are heavily regulated and require several safety precautions and licenses. If you are starting work on a renovation project, take note of some safety tips to ensure you accomplish your goals with minimum risk and maximum reward to you and your team.
Before you start any project, it’s important to have the raw materials to get started safely and have what you need in case of accidents or emergencies. Some of these may be a given, but make sure you have them on hand: a phone, in case of emergencies; a first aid kit with disinfectant; fully functioning equipment; hard hats; face masks; gloves; bright lights to illuminate your surroundings. Keep children and pets away from the work area, as there may be loosely held materials and heavy equipment that could cause an accident if bumped or turned on by someone who is not experienced in handling it.
Beware of Chemicals
Chemicals are one of the most dangerous obstacles to be wary of when working on renovations. Paint fumes, mold and even asbestos can all be dangerous and present depending on what stage of renovations you are conducting. Face masks can help if you’re dealing with heavy mold and paint fumes. However, if you are uncertain about the original construction materials used in a building, it might be a good idea to call an asbestos professional to deal with the drywall. While asbestos is no longer used in newer construction, many building constructed within the last hundred years were made using asbestos drywall and other asbestos materials, which can cause mesothelioma.
Clean Work Area
As you remove the structural integrity of the building, or simply heavy parts of walls and cabinets, take time to clear out the residue. There’s enough waste and scraps during property renovations to lose equipment and misplace important tools without the added detritus of old household materials. Having minimal clutter around the building is also helpful in case there is anything hiding in the walls of the building, which happens quite often. If there are animals or anything, dead or alive, it’s a good idea to call animal control to handle the situation.
Taking time to thoroughly complete a project with precautionary steps can make all the difference between a positive renovation experience and a disastrous one. If working with a team, make sure to start off the project by going over what everyone should know about the property, as well as the safety materials they’ll need and the guidelines of best practices that they should account for. Letting your renovation team know the safety rules and expectations will not only create a safe environment, it also helps build positive company culture. Be thorough in researching the building you are renovating to avoid unnecessary surprises and follow these safety tips in your next renovation venture.