Replacing your roof can be a very exciting prospect, you anticipate having a shiny new roof and showing it off to the neighbors. The truth is that once work starts, your home officially becomes a work zone and you need to prepare for that. You do not just start roof replacement, there are certain things you need to do even before the contractors arrive and start work.
This article will be offering you tips on how to prepare your home for roof replacement, and when you follow the tips outlined, you will surely be ready for a new roof.
Below are the necessary steps you need to take in order to prepare your home for a Roof Replacement.
Move out or cover some of your precious items that are in the attic:
Before replacing your roof, it is in your best interest to either remove or cover some of your household items that are valuable and susceptible to damage which you kept in the attic. This is important because during construction, some debris or dust will fall from the roof into the attic. And can end up damaging or messing up your valuable items. So it is important to get them out. Special attention should be given to fragile items that can easily break. When the construction is done, you can move them back in. Also, have it at the back of your mind that you need to do some vacuuming after construction.
Take your vehicles out of the driveway:
Unfortunately, when you want to replace your roof, you cannot have your car in the driveway. This is because your contractors need all the space they can get and most times, your driveway gives this ample space. This space is used for various purposes throughout the roof replacement process, so it is safer that your car is away from the area.
Remove all forms of wall decorations
Normally at construction sites, there are vibrations, and this causes things to shake and fall off. These vibrations are also a common phenomenon when roof replacements are being carried out. So to protect your wall decorations, you need to remove them. You should take our wall frames and other items that hang on the wall. And if you have a chandelier you should probably take it out too just to be safe.
Cut the grasses in your lawn if you have a lawn.
This is very important but most times it is neglected. You may be wondering what has the grass on your lawn has to do with a roof replacement. The answer is simple, during the replacement of your roof, there is a big likelihood that debris and tools like nails and screws can fall on your lawn. If your lawn is overgrown, this will make it difficult for you to find the debris and clear them off. And it becomes an accident waiting to happen. But when you clear out the lawn, it will be easier for you to spot the debris and eliminate them.
Identify power outlets and make sure they are functional.
Your contractors will need access to electricity and the fastest way to get that is via the power outlets in your home. It would be great if you had accessible external outlets that they can easily maximize. So it is your job to ensure that these outlets are functional before they come. If any of them is faulty, you should get an electrician to fix it before you start your roof replacement project.
Ensure that your pets and children are not around the work area
Kids and pets are unpredictable. You need to find a way to keep them away from the work area beforehand. You can talk to your kids and tell them how dangerous it can be to walk around the work area. Or preferably you can send them to stay with a relative or go play with the neighbor’s kids. But by all means, ensure that they are not around the work area when work is going on. The same applies to your pets, get them to a safe place, and lock them up if you have to. It is for their good.
Remove any dish or satellite on your roof
Before any roof replacement will happen, you need to remove any dish or satellite on your roof. You should get the person who installed it, to come around and take it down so that your roof can be replaced. After the roof is done, it can be mounted again. But do not leave it there for the contractors, ensure you take it down before they come.
Move your grill and outdoor furniture away from the workspace
You may own a grill or patio furniture on your front porch. You must move these away from the work area. You can take them to an onsite shed if you have one, or just move them to a distance that is away from the work area. This helps to ensure that they are not damaged during construction.
Tell your neighbors about it.
It can be annoying to wake up to the sound of hammers and hand-drills. Nobody likes to be on the receiving end of that especially if it is not anticipated. Please do not take your neighbor’s unawares, please ensure that you inform them that you will be having contractors offer to replace your roof. This way they can be ready and know that construction will be taking place. If possible also give them a timeframe so they know what is going on.
Be aware of your environment.
In addition to all of these, it is also important that you are aware of your environment. Be sure to observe if anything is off before the day of construction and notify your contractor immediately.
Replacing your roof is great. However, you need to be prepared for it. If you follow the tips outlined above, you will be ready for a roof replacement. And you will not deal with damaged furniture or any other problems because you put everything in order beforehand. So do not neglect to prepare for your roof replacement, it is very important.
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