As states around the nation are setting timelines to restart life and reopen economies, businesses are now contemplating what these orders will mean for their operations. It’s becoming a new challenge to bring back the employees and maintain their safety as well.
Different states will have different safety guidelines, so the businesses will have to stay updated on those guidelines to abide by the law. However, how dramatic the effect of the virus will be on the businesses depends on the nature of the work involved and the location of the business.
Many organizations that are able to work online can manage their employees remotely but the other businesses that involve social interaction are still in flux.
As you know, in the kitchen and bath remodeling industry, you have to interact with the clients, visit their homes, and complete your projects there. It involves a lot of social interaction and exposure. So, this made us ponder on how to reopen a kitchen and bath remodel business after the quarantine period is over.
After much reflection, speaking with clients and other professionals, we have come up with some useful tips on how you can restart your kitchen and bath remodeling business. Here they are:
4 Ways to Restart Your Kitchen and Bath Remodel Business
1. Maintain Engineering Controls
Engineering controls include the practices where you isolate your employees from work-related hazards. These types of controls do not rely on the worker’s behavior and use cost-effective solutions to reduce exposure to hazards.
Here are some engineering controls you can implement in your companies for COVID-19:
2. Practice Administrative Controls
Administrative controls are the ones that require prompt action by an employer or an administrator. These controls refer to some changes in the work procedures or policies to reduce exposure.
Some of the examples of administrative controls include:
3. Follow Safe Work Practices
In this area of practice, employees are equally involved in maintaining a healthy and safe work environment.
Here’s what employees and employers can do to maintain hygiene in their offices:
4. Reschedule Appointments with Medically Serious Clients
Hold all client meetings by video conference that can be done that way and if in person meetings are necessary install hand sanitizer at the door for the clients who visit your office. Make sure to maintain safe distance from all clients and encourage them to wear mask when visiting your office. Consider doing some E-design with clients that prefer video conferencing meetings.
If you have clients with a compromised immune system and serious medical conditions, send emails to them requesting to reschedule the appointments. Avoid visiting or meeting clients that show signs of cold or fever. Instead, talk to them by video conference or on the phone and ask them to delay their project for a while for the safety of your employees. This will slow down your business process for a few weeks but it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
What is E-Design?
E-Design is exactly what it sounds like… providing interior design services online. It is an affordable alternative to hiring an interior designer for full-service.
E-Designers never actually come to your home they meet with your virtually. Instead, e-designers are decorators, stylists, and interior designers who create a beautiful and functional custom design plan for your space based on the information you provide.
E-Design is a great way for you to get design expertise and design direction for your home that you can later DIY (do-it-yourself) or hire a local contractor to implement. It is a collaboration between designer and client where both of them work to create a perfect interior layout for a client’s space.
How E-Design Works
The process of working with an E-Designer is simple:
Is E-Design Right for Kitchen and Bath Remodel Services
Let’s be honest! Getting an E-Design service is not for everyone. It requires some work on the homeowner's end and some people are not willing to put in that effort. From the designer's perspective it requires them to ensure they have all the right technology in order to make the process efficient. Both the home owner and the designer need to determine if this service is right for them.
When to Hire an E-Designer
If you are thinking of remodeling your kitchen and bath, hire an E-Design service only if:
When to Hire a Local Contractor
Hire local kitchen and bath remodeling contractor if:
Now many of the eDesign services have evolved and with the current situation are improving since meeting in person may take some months before people are comfortable again. As the designer you must decide if this process is right for you and how to best implement it to augment what you are already doing.
To learn more about eDesign listen to the webinar the NKBA (National Kitchen and Bath Association) did on Harnessing the Potential of E-Design.