If you have decided to stay in your home whilst it is renovated, here are a couple of tips that you may find useful.
Tell your electrical contractors if you need to switch on the electricity supply
During various points of the renovation process, your electrical contractors will need to switch off your property's electricity supply so that they can safely perform electrical work (such as rewiring and installing plug sockets) without endangering themselves or those around them.
If at any point during these periods you want to switch the electricity supply back on again, it is absolutely critical to inform the electrical contractors of your intention to do so beforehand (even if you only need to keep it switched on for a few minutes in order to cook some food or charge your phone).
The reason for this is as follows; if, for example, you fail to tell the electricians that you have turned the electricity back on and they are, at that point, touching some exposed wires with their bare hands in another room, they could end up being electrocuted.
Likewise, if they are midway through replacing the wiring in the bathroom walls when you turn the supply back on and they happen to have gotten some water on their skin, they could get a severe electrical burn.
As such, it is very important to communicate with your electrical contractors prior to making the decision to turn your electrical supply back on.
Protect yourself from hazardous airborne chemicals
A lot of the activities that are performed during a typical renovation project tend to result in hazardous fumes and dust being flung into the air.
For example, interior wall paint and solvents usually contain chemicals such as ammonia, formaldehyde and toluene, which can cause nausea, headaches and vomiting if inhaled in large quantities.
Similarly, the dust that becomes airborne when your contractors tear down your home's old wall plaster or ceiling tiles could contain silica or asbestos, both of which can cause serious lung diseases when they are inhaled.
As such, if you intend to remain in your home for the duration of the renovation work, it is extremely important to take steps to minimise the amount of fumes and dust that you inhale or ingest.
There are several ways to do this. First, try to avoid going into the rooms where your renovation crew are working unless absolutely necessary, and only do so after you have put on a respirator mask. This mask will significantly reduce the quantity of dust that enters your lungs.
Second, make sure to keep most, if not all, of the windows in your home open through the renovation process so that the building is well ventilated.
Last, consider sealing up the rooms in which you will be living and sleeping by using duct tape to stick large sheets of non-porous plastic sheeting over the doorways. This should minimise the amount of dust that floats from the work areas into your living quarters.