The COVID-19 pandemic is unlike anything people have ever seen before. This pandemic is impacting people all over the world; forcing businesses to shut down, people to stay home, and grocery stores to run out of supplies. However, life isn’t going to stop because of the global pandemic, people still have everyday responsibilities and things still need to be done. One of the main areas that include things that will still need to be done is home appliance repairs.
Things will still break and go wrong around a home while you and your family are in quarantine and due to the global pandemic, and you may not be able to fix them on your own. Therefore, you are likely left with the issue of should I hire a handyman during this global pandemic?
This post will detail some things you should consider hiring a handyman while in quarantine.
Is It Safe to Hire a Handyman? Things to Consider
Whenever you hire a handyman, there should be things that you think about and consider in order to ensure that you are getting the best service as well as the safest. Here are some things to consider during the global pandemic.
A handyman that specializes in air conditioning repair in Sicklerville pointed out that before hiring a handyman, homeowners should always ask their potential service provider questions. He added that now, homeowners should also make it a point to ask questions about the service provider’s sanitation requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic.
During the global pandemic, people all over the world are expected to practice social distancing which also means that nobody should be coming into your home; however, do handymen count? This is something that you as a homeowner need to consider; weigh out the pros and cons. You need to think about where your handyman will be working, whether or not it is in close proximity to you or any other family member. If you are hesitant, call and ask what kind of sanitation measures your handyman is taking; and make sure to ask if he has been sick in the recent past.
If you do in fact decide to have a handyman come to your home, make sure that he is wearing the right protective gear including a mask and gloves. If he isn’t, request that he does and ask that he frequently washes his hands.
Can The Project Wait?
If the project is not urgent, consider waiting to have a handyman enter your home. Waiting to have a handyman enter your home is the best way to abide by the social distance guidelines. For example, if you simply want a new cooling system, but it isn’t imperative at the moment, try waiting until this is all over to ensure the safety of your family.
However, sometimes home repairs can not wait; especially if it is causing your home to be uncomfortable or damaged; like a completely broken heater or a leak. If the project is imperative, and you have no choice but to hire a handyman, simply take the necessary precautions to ensure health and safety for all of the people in your home.
Can You Do It Yourself?
Building off of the last point, if you are able to do the home repair yourself, do your best to do so. Some people hire handymen for the convenience that they provide, despite them being perfectly capable of doing the job for him or herself; if this is your case, simply make an exception this time and do the work yourself. Doing the project yourself will ensure that you are practicing social distance in order to preserve you and your family’s health.
The work that you do also doesn’t have to be perfect, it can simply hold you over from needing an urgent repair until the COVID-19 pandemic has subsided. In fact, doing your own projects and repairs is becoming increasingly easy because of the internet. One can learn how to do almost anything online, including making temporary fixes to household appliances.
The Choice Is Yours
Overall, whether or not you chose to bring a handyman into your home is up to you. There are both benefits and worries that go along with either side of the concern. No matter what you end up choosing, make sure that you are keeping you and your family safe from the COVID-19 virus.
About the Author
Jennifer Bell is a freelance writer, blogger, dog-enthusiast and avid beachgoer operating out of Southern New Jersey
This post has originally been featured in Residence Style.