If you have had a damp problem in your home through faulty cavity wall insulation and are expecting builders to remove or rectify the insulation then here are some helpful tips to build a better relationship.
Before they arrive on site, remove all valuable items into a room that you know will not be disturbed, protect any furniture and worktops either with old covers or plastic sheeting, sometimes builders will offer this service anyway and have their own, check with them first.
Make a point to them of where your vacuum cleaner is and make clear what condition you would like the area to be left in at the end of each work day. If they are using your toilet and washroom again specify which towels to use. You should expect builders to be clean and courteous.
If you have pets that you know will be at home while they are working, either ask a neighbour to look after them or check in at least, to prevent minimum stress.
If you spot a hazard, whilst work is in progress let them know immediately; such as a trip hazard or dangerous chemicals left in reach of children. If machinery such as humidifiers need to be left on they must inform you. Wet paint or plaster must be clearly noted as such to other residents in the home.
With spare keys and access to your home, you are putting your security in their hands… show builders the correct locking and alarming of your home and to check all windows are closed when they finish. For the time of repair change your alarm code temporarily for that period, then after that back to what you had before.
Stock up your fridge and larder with teabags, biscuits and milk! An army marches faster on a full stomach.