Now we are seeing a slight ease in the restrictions during COVID-19, it’s time to think about how we can safely allow tradespeople back into our homes, benefiting everyone by:
- Completing those long-awaited maintenance jobs and tasks at home
- Boosting the economy and local tradespeople by returning to work
So this is all great news.
But we need to be careful how we go about this return to allowing tradespeople to carry out work within our homes, to keep everyone involved safe. The number one priority is the safety, well-being and health of everyone concerned.
This article will demonstrate the do’s and don’ts during this unprecedented time, for both tradespeople and homeowners alike.
- Keep your distance from any visitors and avoid physical contact
- Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use hand sanitiser
- Ask if the occupants can stay in another room, away from the work area(s) whilst the work proceeds, and with permission ventilate the work area where appropriate, e.g. by opening a window
- Wear suitable work gloves
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin and wash your hands
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home such as door handles, light switches and your kettle
- Limit the number of workforce on site
- Remain 2 metres apart from each other in the home
- Ensure everyone involved is well, with no COVID-19 symptoms
- Use the provision of PPE where necessary
- Wear protective clothing designed to inhibit the spread of viruses, if appropriate
- Shake hands with customers or other occupants in the home
- Collect a signature at the end of the job, if possible
- Accept tea, coffee or water from homeowner’s mugs or glasses
Good Practice to Follow When Tradespeople are Undertaking Work in your Home
- A good level of communication between you and your contractor is key in these circumstances to be able ensure the above advice can be carried out smoothly.
- Consider where that tradesperson will be spending their time while in your property and any appliances or equipment, they are likely to be touching during their work. Cleaning this area before and after their visit is ideal.
- Ask your contractor to limit the number of deliveries to your home by buying materials in bulk, and from one supplier if possible.
- Ask your contractor to notify you in advance of their arrival, and to check if everyone in the household is fit and well on each day of intended work.
Advice for Contractors Wanting to Return to Work
This is all well and good, now we know how to keep everyone safe.
But what about sole traders and local businesses who have put their businesses on hold during lockdown?
GET YOURSELF OUT THERE
MARKET YOUR BUSINESS TO REMAIN RELEVANT
SHOW YOUR CUSTOMERS YOU ARE STILL IN BUSINESS
CONTINUE TO ADVERTISE IN THE LOCAL TRADERS DIRECTORY
ENSURE YOUR CUSTOMERS ARE CONFIDENT WITH YOUR SERVICES
Now is the time to take action.
Restrictions are gradually being lifted, and now is the ideal opportunity to remind your customers that you are still here, and more than ready to start work for them again!
So let’s use this great opportunity to remain present in your customer’s minds, so you are the one they turn to when they resort back to the jobs they’ve been wanting done before lockdown.
Want some advice?
If you are looking for some advice on how you can get your business marketed the right way, get in touch with us today – we are always at the end of the phone for a chat, and would love to hear from you.
Date for your Diary:
15th June is the deadline date for advertising in July’s Directory