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Old 05-10-2018, 07:28 AM   #1
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Even the smallest residential construction project can induce stress or even panic in a homeowner. But it can also be a lesson in patience (and endurance) for you and your construction crew. On any residential jobsite, itís important to be patient and respectful of the clientís wishes, time and property; on jobsites where the client and family are in residence, those qualities can save your professional life. 6 Tips for Working in Occupied Homes
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Tell them to go on vacation for two weeks.

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then take pictures, notes & cover everything twice....

make certain your crew & subs know to be careful what they do & where they do it...
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It's cheaper. We just did a pretty good size remodel we replaced a bunch of Windows and Doors, redid three bathrooms and some various other work. They were gone for the first month which cleared the first phase, the second phase they lived there and I would say that it was at least 10% more expensive. I had a job supervisor there the whole time.
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Setting up a simple fan in a window or doorway will reduce ambient dust significantly.

No tape on the hardwood floors.

Dont roll appliances over hardwood floors.

Garbage bags make cheap walk offs and small drop cloths and they can still be used afterwards. Yep, Im cheap enough to worry about a two bit garbage bag. Ten dollars a day in wasted sundries is $3000 at the end of the year.

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It's cheaper. We just did a pretty good size remodel we replaced a bunch of Windows and Doors, redid three bathrooms and some various other work. They were gone for the first month which cleared the first phase, the second phase they lived there and I would say that it was at least 10% more expensive. I had a job supervisor there the whole time.
No rolling out and up everyday.

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Yep. Bathroom and kitchens are even worse than a large-scale remodel, people start to get ancy when they hadn't have their kitchen no matter what you tell them as expectations, and if it's a stand-alone project in the middle of the house you have to roll up and roll out like you say everyday and clean up like a murder scene clean-up crew. LOL

That being said, now that we don't get calls for those projects anymore I miss them.

First time thinking about doing targeted marketing, towards smaller remodels . Maybe do a project story books to have at the parade of homes.

They're hell of a money maker if you have the right guys, which i do by happenchance right now.

One of my job supervisors is custom built to be a remodeling project manager in my opinion. Sharp as hell, very solid trade skills, good with people and with numbers, and likes remodel. So I need to make some good money with him before he strikes out on his own. LOL

Remodels are fun too as you get in and get out and don't stick with the same customer for 6 months to a year. LOL.

But as a carpenter, I certainly like new construction better. Roll out, go to work, roll back up and go home. No cleanup other than scrap and nowadays I'm not really cleaning up and rolling out much when i bag up. LOL
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Be courteous, be nice, don't overstay your welcome.
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be friendly, courteous and don't pry into people's privacy. Don't go into rooms that you don't need to go into. Clean up after yourself. Some of the first tools in should be a broom and trash can.
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Always act like you are being watched and listened to....cause more than likely you are.
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Many moons ago on a very expensive water front remodel, I included in the job, renting a house down the street for the owners to move to.

House was furnished and they were ecstatic....

moved their chit into storage units & proceeded....

and yes we had a neighborhood party letting everyone sort of know what was happening....

you must know...many of the big money people want to be sort of private but some have BIG egos....

just gotta learn how to handle it....
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I worked for a countertop fabricator that had the same policy as the cable company. No one under 18 at the home alone while we're there. We're contractors, not babysitters and this policy made us accusation-proof.
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No workers should go #2 in the customers bathroom...
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I agree but...there are times when there is no choice.
If I'm working with someone and they have to use the customers bathroom, regardless of #1 or #2...I go in immediately after they come out to insure everything is as it should be.
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Just now got to this thread, no food, no drinks just water in the home, no tobacco products (that include chew) no phone calls, the HO does not want to here your girl friend is doing your brother, also they think they are paying for you to be on the phone.

Remember when you leave its there home not a construction site, show up at a real start time not 10.30, if you must go else where do it at lunch let them feel you are there working.

Play your radio as loud as you want the HO loves your choice in music .

Always think you are on candid camera and every one can here what is said you may be surprised.
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Act like everyone on the crew is happy to help each other, even if they aren't.

Tell them there is no way to avoid dust. Then avoid dust.

Plan the project so it goes smooth and progress happens every day.

Lay out working hours very clearly and adhere to them.

Communicate everything. Generally my clients reciprocate. If they'll be home early, or late and we can work late if we want, etc.
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Make sure Homeowners work long hours... The toilet is working, has a TV and electric recliner... Ref has food in it...
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