As news of COVID-19 continues to be shared, it is important we all take the necessary steps to keep each other safe and healthy. While this is an uncertain time, life still happens. During this time of isolation, you may still need work done to your home. Whether it’s an emergency repair or a project you need to finish, you may still need to interact with pros. Follow these tips to hire safely, if necessary, during COVID-19.
Utilize Technology to Connect with Pros
Luckily, these days there are many ways to stay connected through technology. We recommend not taking in-person meetings at this time and utilizing technology instead. You can use the HomeStars platform to get quotes from pros for projects you’re planning and you can carry out entire conversations with them through HomeStars.
In addition, use your smartphone to take calls or even video chat to show the pros your project. We live in a digital age that helps us feel connected even when we’re not. Use the technology available to you to limit in-person contact and still get things done.
Ask About Extra Precautions
Everyone will be taking extra safety precautions at this time. If you’re having a pro come to your home, ask them about the specific extra precautions they’re taking. Are they sanitizing their equipment more? Washing hands thoroughly? Wearing masks? Limiting the number of people working on your project? Be sure to ask so you know they are taking your safety seriously.
Make Special Arrangements
Whenever possible, make special arrangements with the company so as little human contact as possible takes place. Ask if the job can be done without contact at all. If you are having exterior work done, perhaps it’s possible for the company to complete it and communicate with you over the phone if they need anything. Remember to practice social distancing if they do need to come over. Do not shake hands or come in close physical contact. While this might feel impolite, it’s for the health and safety of everyone.
Postpone or Reschedule When Possible
This is a very important tip. If you or anyone in your home is not feeling well, do not let a pro into your home. This is to protect them and the rest of the community. If the project can wait, ask the company about its rescheduling policy. Companies will understand and should be making special arrangements for situations like this. If you can wait to have your project done, consider postponing or rescheduling.
While we are all doing our best to remain safe and healthy during these trying times, we understand life still happens. A pipe may burst or your toilet may overflow and you will need the help of a pro. If you do need to hire a pro, be sure to take advantage of technology and practice social distancing when interacting. We all play a part in keeping each other safe, so be sure to follow these tips to hire safely if necessary.