Wednesday, August 6, 2014

How to Keep Your Home Safe During Renovations

I am a Filtrete Brand blogger ambassador and was compensated for this post, but all opinions, tips, rants and ideas are my own!  Seriously though, stay safe!

Before we jumped into purchasing our second home and taking on BIG renovation projects I always described myself as a "cosmetic DIYer".  All the projects I did in our other home didn't bring any real equity value to them, and were mostly just turning our house into our home.  It's easier to learn easier to learn tutorials and fun “to do” projects when it isn’t a necessity, but rather a "hobby".

Well now that we've taken on our massive renovation projects, we're literally knee deep in construction zones and it's been a real test to always be sure we're keeping safety as our number one priority.  When you're working late at night after a full day's work, or when you're coming in and out across several days working on the same project it's almost "tempting" to forgo safety and just jump in.  You know -- you think oh it's just one quick cut with the saw, I don't need safety eyewear this time.  Or I'm just stopping in working on something for an hour, it's okay I'm wearing flip flops.

But, that's when accidents happen.

Not only is there a personal safety concern when doing renovations and DIY projects -- but there's a big HOME safety concern.  We're not living in our renovation mess so it's easier for us to contain the mess and where the danger zones are.  All our belongings are in boxes so they're a little more protected from all the dust and commotion.  Our kids aren't playing amongst the miter saws and nail guns... so there's that bonus too.

I wanted to recap certain ways to help keep your HOUSE safer during a renovation project that I've thought about or been sure to keep in my mind during these past few months.

1. Protect yourself: I've discussed before the importance of safety first when DIYing, and it's a must.  Wear proper protective gear such as protective eyewear, ear protection, gloves, proper shoe wear etc.

2. Do messy jobs outside (if possible): utilize outdoor space when you can to keep sawdust and messes outdoors.  Use the driveway, backyard, or even a balcony for saw cuts, sanding, etc.  This helps reduce the toxic substances and irritants that end up in the air in the home. 

3.  Be earth-friendly and "go green": There are so many options during a renovation to use "green" products such as paints, cleaners, and finishes.  Check labels and choose wisely.


4. Help protect the air in your home: It's easy to remember to tarp off work zones, and wear protective masks when sanding and painting, etc.. but it's easy to forget to filter the air in your home.  Open windows, use fans to circulate airflow, and remember to change your air filters more often than usual when you are renovating.  Depending on the length of your project, changing your air filter 2-3 times a month during big renovation projects will help the efficiency of your filter and the air circulation during and after the project.  Filtrete Air Filters offer a variety of styles of air filters that may fit your specific needs during high dust and allergen seasons!

5. Move out during big big projects (if possible): Depending on what type of projects need to be tackled, it may be best to stay at a friend's or parents house during certain phases to protect yourself.  Projects such as removing ceilings where you're taking down a lot of insulation, or anything with paint/walls if you have a home older than 1970's. 

6. Obtain necessary permits: Whether you're tackling DIY projects or hiring a contractor be sure you have the necessary permits to keep your home, and projects safe.  This will also be extremely important if you're trying to build sweat equity and turn around and sell your home to be sure renovations and projects were completed up to code.

7.  Call the experts if unsure: If you are unsure if your home has lead paint, asbestos, or other possible chemicals in particular areas, call an expert to have them come do test to keep you, your family, and your home safe and be sure they're handled with expertise.

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