Sunday, January 22, 2017

Rehabbing your home... Keeping it Clean

Prevention of the 3 D's: dirt, damage, and destruction

This post is all about keeping it clean. Keep in mind that extra precautions against mucking up your place come with a price.
After all, preventive methods take time, and time is money. But here's the thing... you're going to pick up the tab either up-front or at the end. Here's what I learned on my own remodels.

CHALLENGE ONE: THE MUD, THE MUD: Hey Mr. Contractor, did you really not know there would be dirt and dust and mud? To you it's a construction zone, to me it's my home.
THE SOLUTION: Before the floor is laid head to Home Depot and pick up some BUILDER'S PAPER and once that gorgeous hardwood, tile, or whatever-flooring is in and dry, completely cover the floor. By the way, tape paper-to-paper not paper-to-floor! After any type of tape has been pounded onto a surface for weeks or months by hobnailed-booted big boys, it can fuse with the flooring. Be clear with your contractor that papering the floor is part of the budget, including paper, tape and labor.


CHALLENGE TWO: MORE MUD, MORE MUD: Tracking mud and dirt into a finished house.
THE SOLUTION: Whether you're a handyman coming for a smallish repair, delivery guys, or trades doing warranty work and such-like, if a house has any flooring above a dirt floor, then Dude, remove your footwear, or if you insist you must wear those steel-toed boots to install my faucet, (in case a wrench drops on your toe) there are BOOTIES for sale at Home Depot; 50 to a box for under $15. Seriously. Get some.

Don't do this... Here is a bed partly covered in some ripped plastic, raw wood above
 the fireplace and the firescreen clogged with dust, Drapes rolled up and
stuffed into grocery bags (okay, that's pretty clever). 
How can the trades function in this place?
CHALLENGE THREE: THE FREAKIN' DUST: Drywall dust on furniture, clothes and other belongings. Sure, the contractor's guys threw some plastic drop-cloths over your stuff, but drywall dust seems to go right through plastic into upholstery, through cabinet and closet doors into dinnerware and clothing. How does that happen? Some type of construction osmosis perhaps. Plus, if you keep your stuff in your place during rehab you are creating a no-work zone since the area where the stuff is will be off limits. Your trades will be constantly moving your things to get where they need to go... and aside from the damage that handling inevitably makes, moving stuff takes time, and time is, well, you know... $$$.
THE SOLUTION: PODS! Yes! Load your stuff into one of these babies and either park it in your yard or have it hauled away and stored.
My last rehab I got one but I regretted not getting two... one for my household furniture etc, and a small one to hold new fixtures and material for the rehab that were needed for
measurements and so forth, but not yet to be installed.

CHALLENGE FOUR: SLOBS! You know who you are!.. Dirty fingerprints on the new paint job. Wash your hands! Grout residue on tile and globs of it on the flooring. Have some pride in your work! The wrappers from electrical switches and all manner of supplies dropped on the floor and left for the "mystery-maid" to pick up, food and other garbage strewn around. Pick that crap up!
THE SOLUTION: Make sure DAILY cleanup is part of the contract. Don't enable slobs by picking up their litter! Read the riot act until there's compliance.


CHALLENGE FIVE: LAND-SCRAPING! You have a crew working on your interior but the exterior is taking on the appearance of "Landscaping by Bigfoot". There are tire ruts, dead grass under pallets of materials, mud, even concrete blobs.
THE SOLUTION: If, Mr. Contractor, you want to use the client's yard for storage, heavy vehicle traffic and so forth, plan ahead with some of this GRASS PROTECTION MESH.

Thanks for stopping by and happy rehabbing!
Your comments are highly welcome.