Whether you are a homeowner or a real estate developer, the completion of your construction or renovation project is an exciting prospect. Months or even years of planning, followed by the execution involving a multitude of steps, approvals, and timelines, finally culminates into the moment the project is taken possession of by the end user. To make this moment memorable, it is necessary to ensure that the project premise is spotless, clean, and beautiful. Post construction cleanup ensures exactly this.
Why Cleanup is So Important on Construction
Depending on the nature of the construction contract, the post-construction cleanup may or may not be a responsibility of the contractor. This is true especially for smaller contractors and retail civil projects. The cleanup requires specialized tools and equipment which may not be available with the contractors. In such instances, the responsibility of the cleanup on construction falls on the homeowner/ real estate developer. Hence it is necessary to understand the important nuances of this process. A homeowner or a developer could also hand over this activity to a professional third-party cleaner who is experienced and competent to undertake this activity.
What does the post-construction cleanup involve?
Post construction cleanup involves several activities including tidying up of the premise, disposal of the trash, debris and hazardous waste, cleanup of all the fixtures within the premise including kitchen, restrooms and the furniture. It also includes vacuuming, wet cleanup and even general sweeping. The goal of the post-construction cleanup is to make the premise safe and livable. Depending on the size of the project and its timelines, it can also be divided into three steps by a professional cleaner as per the industry practice:
Preliminary – Undertaken after all the framing, plumbing and electrical work is completed. It typically involves removal of larger debris, trash, general sweeping or vacuuming.
Intermediate/ Fixture cleaning – Carried out after construction is almost done, for the thorough cleaning of kitchen and restroom fixtures, glass areas, doors and windows, walls, electric boards and so on.
Final cleaning – this usually involves a final polish of the premise. All the steps of cleanup are tallied against a checklist and may involve processes such as wet cleaning, cleaning of carpets and so on depending on the necessity at the site.
Post construction cleanup is of paramount importance in terms of making a premise liveable and marketable. Here are some reasons spelling out the importance of this process.
It makes the right impression:
Large or small, every real estate project result in a tremendous amount of debris and trash. This needs to be removed from the project site before the homeowners or end users can move in. Any homeowner is looking forward to a beautiful and clean home at the end of their construction/renovation. For a commercial premise owner, it is important to showcase a spic and span premise to the clients. For a real estate developer, this translates into marketability of the real estate project. No matter how beautifully executed, a project’s impression can increase manifold in the eyes of buyers if it is spotlessly clean.
It ensures livability:
The cleanup involves clearing dust, cleaning all the fixtures including kitchen, restroom etc and thus ensuring their workability. Dust is practically everywhere on completion including tiny spaces. While clearing it is important to ensure functionality of the premise, its existence can be life-threatening to people with allergy and respiratory issues. Additionally, a lot of times things such as restroom fixtures do not work on account of dust/debris and cement being stuck in them. The cleanup ensures that all these issues are taken care of and the premise is livable.
It assures safety:
Post completion of construction, there is a significant number of items such as glass shards, nails, wires, metal pieces in addition to the debris, wood, tiles and certain raw materials including paint, asbestos, and PCBs (Polychlorinated biphenyls) that are hazardous and include harmful chemicals. The disposal of these items needs to be as per the safety standards prescribed by the local authority. Non-disposal of these might otherwise lead to the trash lying near the site and may not be in compliance with local regulations. Also, non-disposal of any hazardous waste out of the same might pose safety issues for users of the facility. Post construction cleanup ensures the disposal of all these items and makes the premise safe.
Efficient cleanup by the professional cleaners:
The post-construction cleanup can be outsourced to the professional experts. Not only are they experts in conducting these activities while adhering to the required safety standards, they also can do so within the optimum amount of time. Thus, they pose a reliable option for homeowners and real estate developers to make their premises ready for possession in no time.
Thus, while post construction cleanup poses some significant challenges, they can be overcome easily with adequate information and timely attention. The assistance of professional cleaners can also be sought to ensure efficiency.