Renovating Your Home During COVID-19
In spring and summer, many modernization projects around the house and apartment are tackled. But this year many things are different. How to deal with handicraft work now, you can find out here.
Replacing floor coverings, maintaining or renovating the heating, renewing windows or the front door, doing painting work – in the bright season, many have their home brought into shape. This year, however, there is great uncertainty: Do you put yourself and your family in unnecessary danger if you let craftsmen into the house? The good thing is there are expert craftsmen that follow safety protocols during the pandemic. Otherwise, here are the things you should know.
Panic is not appropriate
Often, appointments for larger measures have already been agreed upon in the longer term. How do you deal with this now?
On the one hand, no responsible craftsman wants to put himself in danger. On the other hand: “Since craftsmen have clear guidelines for infection prevention from their employers’ liability insurance associations in the corona crisis, a postponement of the measures is not necessary,” emphasizes Frank Ebisch, spokesman for the Central Association of Sanitation, Heating, and Air Conditioning.
Cancellations for fear of infection?
If you are afraid of infection with Covid-19, Frank Ebisch recommends seeking the interview: “There is no reason for termination ‘fear of infection’. However, concerned homeowners can talk to the specialist company about a possible postponement of the work. This also clarifies whether this will result in additional costs, for example, because the specialist craftsman has already made advance payments and ordered expensive components.”
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Corona hygiene regulations also apply to crafts
For many works in and on the house, for example on the heating, direct contact can often be avoided, because central heating devices are usually located in the basement or in another separate room. When entering the apartment or in direct contact, the same rules apply to craftsmen to protect against infections as in everyday life:
- Keep your distance (at least 1.5 meters)
- Welcome without handshake
- Coughing/sneezing into the crook of the arm
- Mouth and nose protection is recommended
- Regular hand cleaning
- Ventilate work and break areas regularly