Getting work done safely in lockdown

You can post jobs on MyBuilder as normal and the vast majority of tradespeople are actively working and responding to job posts.

Whatever you’re planning, we want to make sure it’s done safely, so we’ve compiled a helpful guide to the way tradespeople are adapting to working - and how you can ensure they feel safe in your home.

Hiring a tradesperson

The government has said that tradespeople can continue to work providing that both the homeowner and the tradesperson have no symptoms of coronavirus and that steps are taken to maintain safety while they interact.

In the case where someone in the household is isolating or an individual is being shielded, only emergency work should be carried out. It’s important that the tradesperson is given all the facts so that they can then decide whether they feel comfortable entering your home before agreeing to do the work.

As ever with hiring a tradesperson, the key to success is communication. When posting a job you have an opportunity to share as many details as possible about what you need doing as well as your specific circumstances. The key is to keep face to face contact to a minimum when the job starts, so it’s a good idea once you’ve shortlisted a tradesperson, to spend some time on the phone talking through the job in as much detail as you can.

This is also the ideal time for you and the tradesperson to discuss the measures needed to ensure that the work can be done safely. For example, ensuring that the work can be carried out while adhering to the two-metre social distancing rules and ensuring that you cover off procedures like hand washing and sanitising. It’s also a good time to discuss practicalities like whether the tradesperson should bring their own kettle for the all-important tea break.

When work is taking place

If people will be at home when the work is being carried out, they should avoid the area where it's taking place. This will be straightforward in an area like the driveway or garden but harder inside the home, particularly 'high traffic’ areas like the kitchen or stairways, so it might need some planning.

When the tradesperson arrives, ensure that they are able to wash their hands as soon as they enter your home. Avoid handshakes and try to keep facetime to a minimum.

For added peace of mind, clean surfaces and door handles around the working area with disinfectant before and after the job.

Whilst it’s not mandatory, you or the tradesperson could opt to wear face coverings to minimise risk. As with all elements of the job, this is a good one to discuss before the work is due to take place to avoid surprises.

If you’d like to know more about the UK government guidance around coronavirus you can read it here; there is also detailed guidance on the specific steps that should be taken when carrying out work in other people’s homes, which you can read here.

In addition, the governments of Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales have issued their own guidance.

2 Comments

  1. Through my builder.com I recently employed a painter/decorator to paint the outside of my house by the name of Graham Davies.He turned out to be an excellent choice nothing was to much trouble we discussed the job and social distancing I was 100% satisfied and have had good comments from neighbours.

  2. Thank you builder for the information, we do appreciate it.

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