If you’ve already picked your roofing contractor and signed the roof replacement contract, then congratulations – the hardest parts are done. But there’s still one important stage left: preparing your home for the project.
Clear the Yard
Your roofers will need space to move around as they work on your roof, so you need to clear as much space in your yard as possible. There is usually a period between signing the contract and the installation date, where your contractor orders materials and applies for permits, among other tasks. Use this time to prepare your home, starting with your yard.
Why prepare your yard first? Your roofers will be delivering roofing materials ahead of the installation date. They may also deliver large objects, such as dumpsters, where discarded roofing will be collected. Clear the driveway and the yard of anything that can be moved or stored, from loose toys to free standing gazebos. Doing this early can give you more time to apply protective coverings to your landscaping.
Prepare Your Home
Roofing work generates a lot of dust and noise, so your next step is to cover furniture, valuables and electronics with dust covers. If your roofing project involves replacing the roof deck – this should be clearly indicated in the contract’s scope of work – then you have to clear all the items in the attic and store them elsewhere unless your roofer says otherwise.
Find Accommodations for Your Family
It’s never a good idea to let kids and pets stay at your home during roof replacement. The noise, dust and constant presence of strangers moving about can be upsetting for them. Make arrangements to stay at a nearby hotel – in case you need to check in on your contractor’s progress – or at least have your kids and pets stay with relatives. Pets can also be temporarily rehomed at friends or at a pet kennel.