A major remodel often means turning your home—and life—temporarily upside down. In addition to construction noise and dust, you can also expect a stream of contractors, subcontractors, and constructions workers coming in and out of your home.
When your home becomes a revolving door to people you don’t know, one thing you might be worried about during a remodel is home security. Here are a few tips for keeping your home secure during your renovation:
Hire trusted contractors
Whether you’re hiring a general contractor for a large remodel or a specialty contractor for a kitchen or bath, finding a reputable contractor is a must. A few ways to make sure you’re hiring someone you can trust include:
- Ask friends and neighbors who have remodeled recently for recommendations.
- Check to make sure they have an online presence and read reviews from previous clients.
- Ask for a list of references, and contact them.
- Make sure they have the proper insurance and licensing. At a minimum, they should carry personal liability and property damage insurance. Licensing requirements vary by state, so contact your local building department to find out what is required.
- Ask if they will be using subcontractors, and make sure the subcontractors are also licensed and insured.