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Managing a Large-Scale Home Building Project Safely

December 4, 2013 | Comment

Building a house from scratch is a massive project, even if you’re just building a studio or 1 bedroom set-up. But if you have grander visions, including staircases, fountains, or anything else in your fantasy mansion, well first make sure you have the budget to match. But once you’re sure you do, then it’s time to consider just how quickly, effectively, and safely, you can build your dream home.

Let’s consider your options first. The most likely scenario is that you’ll outsource the work to someone else. Unless you happen to be a professional architect or construction project manager, this is your best bet. Yes, you could probably try it with a few hundred trips to Lowes or Home Depot, but it’s not going to be worth your time or frustration. So get a professional.

That isn’t to say that you can just hire the professional and let them go crazy. You also need to be careful to ensure they’re following standard safety procedures. There are many hazards on a construction site, and you need to be aware of all of them. Take cables on the ground, for example. We’d recommend using a sturdy hose protector to be sure that these cables aren’t split, or fly up into your face. By using proper cable protectors during the duration of the job, you’ll feel a lot more comfortable checking out the construction site during the day.

Granted, it’s important to note the safety hazard list goes a lot farther than just cables on the ground. From falling items, to electrical issues, to the wearing of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) – there’s many ways it can go wrong. But careful preparation and use of tools will go a long way in keeping everyone involved safe and sound.

The best part of the whole project, of course, will be the end. Once you have a beautiful mansion and home to move into, you, your family, your pets, and those you’ve hired to manage the construction, I’m sure, will be extremely happy. And you can also be proud of yourself for a job well done in building a safe house throughout the year.

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