If the exterior of your house is looking a bit worse for wear and you have decided to renovate it, here are two tips that should ensure that you stay safe throughout the renovation process.

Use the right type of access equipment

If you will be performing work at a height at any point during your renovation project, it is important to make sure that you use the appropriate type of access equipment. Failing to use the right kind of equipment when you're several metres off the ground could result in you falling and sustaining a serious injury.

A standard household ladder should only be used for small tasks that do not require you to carry heavy building materials (an example of this might be repairing a cracked section of guttering). The reason for this is that it can be difficult to retain your balance and avoid falling over if you're perched on a thin ladder rung whilst holding a collection of bulky equipment.

For more complicated, lengthy work (such as rendering the exterior walls, for example), it is best to hire or purchase some domestic scaffolding. This equipment's stable walkways and secure guardrails will enable you to safely access the tallest sections of your house exterior, without running the risk of falling to the ground.

Because there is ample space on these walkways, you can also store any materials you need to use on the platform, instead of having to carry it in your hands. This is not only convenient but also safer, as it reduces the chances of you accidentally dropping a heavy piece of equipment onto anyone standing on the ground underneath you.

Hire a professional tradesperson if necessary

Renovating your home by yourself is generally less expensive than hiring a team of construction workers to do the work for you. However, it is important to accept your limitations when it comes to DIY tasks, and to hire a qualified tradesperson if you do not have the skills or the expertise needed to perform a specific job safely.

For example, extensive roof repairs should only be performed by a professional roofer. If you attempt this type of work by yourself, you could make an error which could leave you severely injured; just one wrong step or hand placement when you're standing on a slippery roof surface could lead to you falling to the ground.

In short, you should not endanger yourself just to save a small amount of money.