Due to frequent lockdowns and travel restrictions, we’re spending more time within our homes than ever before. But being cooped up at home has sparked a newfound appreciation of the places we sleep, cook, relax and work, inspiring homeowners to enhance their spaces.
Whether you’re keen to transform your lacklustre bedroom into a private retreat, dreaming of a hard-working kitchen or need to expand your office to withstand a new WFH routine, renovating during a pandemic comes with its own unique set of challenges. Explore Bay 2 Bay Group’s expert tips on how to get the most out of your renovation during this difficult time.
Find the right contractor
Behind every successful renovation is a dream team of contractors. It is imperative that you do your research to find the best in the business for your renovation, from a trusted builder to an expert plumber. Ensure that they have several positive reviews (Google reviews should be the first place you look), a great portfolio which showcases their work (most quality contractors will have this on their website) and above all else, check that they are fully licensed. Having a licensed contractor covers you if something goes wrong.
To make your renovation as hassle-free as possible, Bay 2 Bay Group has already done this first step for you. With over 20 years of renovation experience, we’re the contractors you can rely on.
Create a Detailed Plan
Before you engage a contractor to start the work, you need to ensure you have detailed plans of what you want. The more specific the better! There’s nothing worse than having a clear vision in mind for your kitchen renovation, only to discover the result looks nothing like your dream space because your brief lacked direction. The best way to prevent anything from being missed is to work with the contractor. If the contractor is worth their weight in gold, they should talk you through each step of the build and every aspect of the design plan. This way, you know you’re on the same page from day one.
During these uncertain times, it pays to be flexible. While there are issues that can arise during any renovation, such as poor craftsmanship by the previous owners or even asbestos, during the pandemic other mitigating factors are becoming more and more frequent. One of the biggest issues facing contractors is the lack of building materials, as a shortage of shipments from overseas means getting a hold of certain materials might be more difficult than usual. So, be flexible and prepare to accept alternative solutions to unattainable fixtures and finishes.
Have a COVID-19 Safe Plan
In the world we live in at the moment, it is imperative to have a COVID-19 safe plan. You should always talk to your contractor to see what precautions they have in place and if they are required to wear any form of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) during construction regarding COVID-19.
It would also be a good idea to discuss with the contractor what they expect from those living in the house during construction, just so everyone is on the same page.