Renovation sites are chaotic by nature. This applies to all construction sites but especially renovations because:
- it's usually in a confined space,
- lots of material must be removed during demo,
- lots of material is being brought in during re-construction,
- a lot of people need to work in a small space,
- changes to the scope of work often happen in the middle of the project,
- sometimes residents are living in the space while it's being renovated,
- etc, etc, etc.
Without a simple broom and dustpan, a renovation site would quickly - and I mean quickly - turn into a total disaster zone where no one could work or even walk through. A messy job site causes too many problems to list, the most obvious of which are:
- An abundance of safety risks: stepping on nails, slipping on dust, breathing in dust, tripping over tools or cables, falling objects, the list goes on indefinitely...
- Time wasted navigating through crowded areas, looking for tools & materials, moving garbage around.
- Inability to work due to lack of space.
- A feeling of chaos causing repercussions in the organization and quality of work and contributing to low morale.
Professional workmanship includes a proper clean-up schedule. Even if the job site gets a little sloppy during the day, at the end of the day it's time to get organized. Here's a photo of what a professional renovation job site should look like:
Notice 6 features of a clean and organized site:
- Tools are out of the way.
- Building materials are neatly organized and out of the way in an easily accessible location.
- Equipment scheduled to be moved off-site the next day is staged and ready for transport.
- Electrical cables are neatly wrapped and out of the way.
- Cleaning tools and supplies are readily available in abundance.
- Poly sheeting is available to isolate particularly dusty work areas.
If you're doing you're own renovation, make job site cleanliness and organization a priority. And if you're hiring, look for an organized, professional contractor. It will save you all kinds of money and headaches.