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Inside renovations (bath) and COVID 19

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Inside renovations (bath) and COVID 19

My wife just noticed a problem with the tub (washroom). This is an ongoing problem, in January, back we decided to renovate the whole thing, but then COVID happened.

Question one: We are working from home 100% of the time, so the whole family is in the house. What is the risk to us if a team of contractors comes in to work in a renovation (let's say, for up to 2 weeks)? Is anyone else doing such a renovation (indoors) during this time?

Question two: Did COVID have an impact on the prices? Did they go down, up, or stayed the same?

Any comments will be appreciated. The consideration is that we cannot be waiting forever, sooner or later we need to get people in the house to work on these issues, but we don't want to get sick (senior citizen in the house as well).
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Feb 7, 2017
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Eastern Ontario
Of course these is a risk
At this time

Indoors & strangers makes the risk greater

BUT ... right now ... we are in a lull, and some places in the country the lull is better than others
(So depends WHERE you live ... and what’s happening with Covid Numbers locally)

But taking the right precautions with the Contractors & your home
Making the Reno Bathroom ... an OUT OF BOUNDS SPACE
While taking measures to make the rest of your house a SAFE CLEAN SPACE
(They have to wear masks whenever going from to the bathroom in question ... but optional inside it while working ... up to them)
And you wiping down behind them in the public spaces they trek thru
I honestly think it could be ok to do

Think of it like other Reno’s where people isolate a room by hanging plastic sheeting in the doorway

No one knows for certain how long this lull between waves might last
But I think you should take advantage of it
Cuz the next wave ... assuming it comes this Fall
Could last all Winter ... into Spring again
(Like October / November ... to April / May)

And that’s a long time to put things on hold
Worse yet ... if the NEED TO FIX accelerates on the tub / Reno
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Jan 25, 2007
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Paris
Prices have not changed for us and windows during covid. If the regulations tighten up they might though. (For instance, all workers needing to drive themselves to the site, more mask, suits, etc all drive up costs).

Grocery store prices sure have gone up.

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