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Industry recovery and previous updates

July 27, 2020

Get your job done safely

We are spending more time at home than ever before, so it’s no wonder that more of us than ever are looking to improve and maintain our homes. In fact, Checkatrade search data shows we’re 68% busier than we were in the same period last year.

We have worked directly with the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and introduced additional guidance for our trade members to ensure that they get your job done safely. So, whether you’re planning a total makeover for your home, or just need help with that leaky tap, our 39,000 trades are here to help.

Before work begins:

  • Keep in touch. Regular contact with your tradesperson in advance of any home visit is important – talk through details of the work being carried out and agree how risks can be reduced.
  • Go digital. We’ve introduced a video calling option on our website and we’re encouraging our trade members to accept video calls through WhatsApp in order to carry out quotes.

Take sensible precautions while work is carried out:

  • Clean surfaces around the working area and in ‘high traffic’ areas such as door handles with disinfectant before, during and after work is carried out.
  • Keep internal doors open and minimise touching of door handles.
  • If work is taking place in an area you use frequently, such as the stairs or kitchen, consider ways to avoid using that space when work takes place.
  • Ask your tradesperson to bring their own mug, kettle or food.
  • Try to avoid too much face-to-face contact with those working in your home – ideally less than 15 minutes.
  • Make sure any shared facilities, like toilets or kitchens, are thoroughly cleaned after each shift.
  • Tradespeople may opt to wear face coverings, in line with government advice.
  • Keep children or pets in other rooms while work is carried out, where possible.

We recommend that you keep in contact with suppliers for assurances that your deliveries will arrive as planned. As always, it’s sensible to wait for materials to arrive before commencing a project.

For more information, please see the government guidance on Covid-19.

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