How to Limit Coronavirus Exposure During Home Repairs

How to Limit Coronavirus Exposure During Home Repairs

In addition, ask contractors to wash their hands regularly, and provide hand sanitizer if they don’t bring any, Harris says.

If contractors are landscaping, roofing or making exterior home repairs and don’t need to enter your home, the main form of protection is masking for both of you when interacting, Wood says. The next best practice is to socially distance, she adds.

“After the contractor leaves, it’s a good idea to wipe down any surfaces that they’ve touched with disinfectant wipes,” Wood says.

Kathryn Vernon, 64, of Austin, Texas, recently had new flooring installed throughout her home. She hired contractors recommended by a trusted interior designer. Although they were in her home and did have to use the bathroom, she and the contractor teamed up to stay safe. She and the workers wore masks, kept the front door open and ensured a ceiling fan was on when they worked. Vernon allowed them to use the guest bathroom but kept the window open and sanitized it with bleach and other cleaners each day. They touched very few items or surfaces in the home, so she only had to minimally sanitize other areas.

Vernon says she felt safe with her approach, but acknowledged others might not. “I think it’s a personal comfort level,” she says. “You have to decide what is right for you.”

Same rules apply to house cleaners

If you have a house cleaner that comes in regularly to tidy up, it’s important not to get complacent and let your guard down, just because that person is not a stranger.

Take the same type of precautions you would when other contractors come into your home, says Roman Peysakhovich, CEO of Onedesk, a national cleaning company headquartered in Minneapolis. His company consulted with officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on safety measures.

“They told us masks the whole time, while you’re cleaning, while you’re talking, anything. The whole time from when you enter the home to the moment that you leave,” he says. The health experts also advised that Peysakhovich’s staff clean their tools between clients’ homes.

If a contractor doesn’t wear a mask properly or declines other COVID precautions, politely but firmly ask them to leave and reschedule the appointment, says Harris. That can be uncomfortable for some people, but it’s essential to prevent transmission of the virus, Harris says.

“It’s important to educate people,” Harris says, “and let them know we need to follow those rules.”

Published at Fri, 22 Jan 2021 18:32:33 +0000

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