Cleaning up during and after remodeling

Clean up your room! Those words might have been the most spoken words you heard from your mom or dad when growing up. Your parents got on you, because they felt that organization and cleanliness were important habits to learn. Besides that, they just got tired of picking up after you.

Believe it or not the same applies to your construction and remodeling job site. A disorganized, messy and trash ridden construction or job site conveys several things to workers, existing clients and even potential clients:

  1. The general contractor does not care about the quality of work.
  2. Subcontractors can leave the mess to the next guy, who several trades later will leave it for the homeowner.
  3. There is no oversight or supervision by the general contractor.
  4. We can just dispose of everything on site.

Aside from the above perceptions, a messy job site can delay a project considerably and also cause damage to existing structures. That usually means added costs and scheduling problems when the next subcontractor is scheduled to come in to do their thing. Here are a few examples:

  • The unsupervised subcontractor who demoed and dug up the existing lot, left huge boulders and old footings where two new rooms would be built. Now the masons want to build the walls and they could care less about the old footings that will interfere with the rat slab that will be poured. If the masons complete the walls there is no easy way to get the boulders removed and the concrete contractor can't pour the floor.
  • The waterproofing subcontractor inspects the walls and finds that there is too much trash, bricks, and pieces of concrete block to begin work. He has to reschedule.
  • The workers throw entire concrete masonry blocks in the back of the lot. It's just too much of a bother to haul them to the dumpster. Of course when backfilling takes place, some of those concrete blocks damage the brick wall. Also, flowers and vegetables just don't do well in certain parts of the lot. Root systems just can not penetrate concrete and sheet metal.

Solution: Insist on a tidy job site with your general contractor or hire a crew and clean it up yourselves. It's very therapeutic.