It is very difficult to live near a construction site because of the constant noise. You will be woken up early in the morning or at odd times during the night with the sounds of construction. There’s also a lot of dust and smoke that will arise from the proceedings. Your daily life pattern will be disrupted and the peace and calm within your household will dissipate. There are a few things to consider and to understand when new construction starts up next door.
Obtain apartment insurance
It doesn’t matter what you won but you need to have insurance for your apartment. You landlord will have the insurance for the building if you’re living as a tenant. But this will not be much help if you had to leave your building because of some damage it has incurred during the construction phase next door. You may not think it but apartment insurance is not that expensive. You can obtain a renter’s insurance policy for a year that is less than $350. It will be coverage if you are on a situation where you’re supposed to vacate the building. Insurance, even though it can’t replace what you’ve lost, can compensate you for what is lost. So the policy will cover the expenses you will have to bear for relocation if you have to vacate the building for a time and find new lodgings.
If the construction is happening next door to where you live find out about the situation. Learn who owns the property, the demolition contractor and their contact details. And if you’re living as a tenant you can ask the landlord to find the relevant information. It is advised for your landlord to hire an engineer to examine the basement walls and the outside walls of the building for cracks. Photographs should be taken as well. If cracks were found they have to be repaired. It’s better for you to take photos of your own apartment walls as well. The contractors will carry out a core drilling next door at the construction site to test the condition of the soil.
This is generally done to understand how much pressure the soil can bear. They also do test pits next to the neighbouring buildings to check how deep the foundations are. This information has to be conveyed to your landlord’s engineer. If any new cracks emerge during construction process notify the authorities immediately. They will be also using concrete cutting services and can be used in demolition process. All of this may generate quite a bit of noise. Learn the construction schedule to avoid surprises.
Be aware of your rights
You must protect your right to come back to the building if you are told to vacate. There’s a relevant form to be filled for this purpose. If you haven’t done this, you can lose your apartment on the basis that you’ve abandoned it. You can reach out to relevant authorities and get a better understanding of your rights and what you’re supposed to do.