We all live in a world that is not ideal and unfortunately sometimes
theft happens during remodeling or new construction on a jobsite.
In some instances it is career criminals stealing new appliances.
Other times it is people walking in looking for an quick opportunity
appearing dressed like a contractor and walking out with your
contractor's tools, saw table, or your property.
To protect yourself, your property and materials on a new
construction or remodeling project there are a few
safety steps you can ask from your remodeler or contractor.
Have your contractor introduce you to everyone working on your
project at the beginning of the project.
It could be a casual meet and greet with punch and light finger
food to start project off on a positive note and appreciation for the
hard work ahead.
If you are going to have lock box on your property, ask for a digital
one and battery powered that a code can be created for each trade.
Then each trade has to enter their code when entering house.
Request that the entry access door always be monitored or locked
when work is being done.
Communicate to your contractors that neighbors cannot casually stroll
through your home during the project without an invitation from you.
This can be a common problem that comes up. When building or
remodeling somehow it is time for everyone to take a look as if on
public property. Curiosity or sometimes... the neighbor who has a
vendetta like a character on "Wisteria Lane" wants to see if there
is a violation of code to report!
Make sure your contractor's liability insurance is current and with the
appropriate amount of coverage. Ask when their responsibility of
coverage on residence begins and when it ends.
Appliances should be one of the last items that should be delivered.
This also prevents less accidental scratches and dents.
Residential alarm should be operative at that time and lock box
removed or all lock box codes erased except for one, for your
remodeler or your general contractor.
Being well prepared will hopefully prevent security issues and theft.