“Mom Always Said Clean Up After Yourself”
From our Professional Building Designer, Tom Rogers:
A few weeks ago, we showed you a video of one of our interns cleaning up our construction sites, so I wanted to talk a little bit more about the importance of having a clean construction site.
The first and foremost reason to have a clean site is safety. At a construction site, there are a lot of things that can be potentially dangerous; loose boards, exposed nails, rough edges, extra material floating around, broken material, etc. So to have a clean site every day, or at the end of every day, helps keep any potential injuries down at the site and thus much safer for everyone.
Another reason for having a clean site is just good material management. During construction, you go through a lot of material, and many times, people are looking for a piece of wood and will grab whatever they can find. When we clean up the site at the end of the day, it makes it easier to sort through extra lumber and set it aside for pieces that might be needed later on down the road; there is no reason to grab a new 10-foot 2 x 4 if you only need to cut a couple of pieces off for some cripples or some blocking.
When going through and cleaning up the site, and taking some of the scrap pieces you find on the site to set them aside, you have a better management of how to use those pieces down the road to use the material for blocking, fill in, or for some deadwood material needed for drywall, trim, etc.
Using these extra pieces of material will save a builder construction cost as well as them not having to purchase extra material for these fill ins and blocking, nor will they have to pay for the extra cost of the dumpster or trash haul to have all the extra removed from the site.
Lastly, we feel that one of the most important reasons as to why it is important to keep a site clean is it shows respect for the homeowners’ investment and the property itself. Cleaning up every day is just something that we all learn when we were kids, taught to us by our parents to pick up our toys when we were done playing, to put our dishes away when we are done eating and to pick up our rooms before we went to bed.
It should be no different with our construction site; it shows a sense of respect for the property. It shows that we care for what we are doing, that we care for our clients’ interests and we care for the clients’ property. When our customers come out and see a nice clean site, they see that we care about what we’re doing. It shows that we have respect for them, and also shows the professionalism that we have here at ARC Residential, in everything that we do.
It’s also good for future clients to see that we will take care of their property, just like we’re doing on our current one (pictured at bottom), and that we build our clients homes as if we are building our own home.
When you go out to look at a house or a builder would you rather see something like this?
Or a site like this:
Whether it be for safety, material management, or respect of our client’s investment, a clean site is one of the hallmarks of ARC Residential that we take pride in every day.