Ask an Expert: Keeping Home, Family Safe During Remodeling

Family WikipediaBy Michael McCutcheon for the Mercury News

Q: How can I keep my home and family safe during a remodel?

A: That’s a great question. Clients usually dwell on price vs. quality, and the remodeling schedule, but rarely do they seriously consider the safety of their family and home during a remodel.

Yet I would argue that this is one of the most important aspects that separate a well-run remodel from the average project.

Recently I was asked to look at a troubled remodel that was still in progress. Among other transgressions, I was shocked to see that the contractors had been leaving the back of the house open every night when they left. This was a house with a single woman and young girl living alone!