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How to Prepare Your Home For a New Roof Installation 

How to Prepare Your Home For a New Roof Installation

On average, a new roof costs $5,000 to $16,000. A new roof can enhance the value of your home and give you great curb appeal.

However, the best thing about a roof replacement is that it makes your home more comfortable. If you are ready to upgrade your roofing system, there are a few things you need to bear in mind for the installation to go smoothly.

Here are some tips on how to prepare for roof installation.

Mark Items as Fragile

Certain items should be protected when you are installing a roof. One of the first sets of items that you should protect is your wall decor. Wall art and paintings tend to be very vulnerable when a roof is being installed.

The work on the roof will cause your walls to vibrate and shake, sometimes violently, knocking items such as wall paintings to the floor.If you have glass items or fine china, then you should store them in a secure area until your roof is installed.

You must keep the storage of your items organized. In this way, when your new roof is finished, you will know exactly where items are located. This will ensure that you put your house in order quickly.

Get Your Yard Ready

One of the most important tasks that you have to do before a roof replacement begins is to prepare your yard. If the grass is high, you need to cut it.

The roofers will lay a tarp on your grass to cover your yard. However, when the grass is tall, it may be more difficult for the tarp to lay well, so cut your grass ahead of time.

Make sure that you make space for a dumpster or any truck your roofing company will bring with them. If you normally park in your front yard, you’re going to have to remove your vehicle.

You may also be unable to park your car in your garage for a period of time while the roof replacement is underway. You may have to arrange alternative parking at a neighbor’s home or on the curb.

This may seem like a lot of trouble, but at the end of it, you would have increased the value of your home and enhanced its curb appeal.

You can find out more about how a roof replacement can enhance your home’s value by following this link:

Keep Your Children Safe

If you have very young children, a roof installation can be frightening for them. All the noise can scare them. This is especially true if your children are babies are toddlers.

It may be best for you to arrange for your children to stay at a family or friend’s house where you know they’ll be safe. If you have older children, they may be able to stay throughout the renovations.

However, because debris, nails, and other discarded roofing materials will be all over your yard, let them know, that the yard is unsafe for them.

If living through the renovations with kids in tow is too much and you don’t have any family or friends you can stay with, you might want to consider going to a hotel until the renovations are completed.

Inform Your Neighbors

One of the most important things you will need to do is inform your neighbors of the roof installation project. The renovation of your roof can inconvenience you, but it may also do the same for your neighbors.

There will be a lot of noise and moving about. Flying debris may also reach into your neighbor’s yard depending on how close your homes are together. If they have plants and pets, these may be affected as well.

The best thing for you to do is to inform your neighbors ahead of time about the renovations. In this way, they will have enough time to secure their pets, plants, and any other outdoor fixtures that may be affected by your roofing renovations.

Neglecting this can cause a strained relationship between you and your neighbors, so ensure that you tell them ahead of time, so that they can adequately prepare.

Secure Your Pets

Pets, like small children, can get frightened by all the noise that is taking place as your roof is getting replaced. This means that you need to take precautions to ensure that your pets are comfortable during the renovation process.

You may need to rotate the areas in your home where your pets stay. For example, if the roofers are working on the living room you might want to take your pets to the room that is farthest away from the living room.

You should try to comfort your pet as much as possible, try buying your pet some toys that will comfort them throughout the replacement. Alternately, you can board your pet or leave them with family and friends while the renovations are underway.

No matter what you may do to make them comfortable, some pets will simply not adjust.

Enjoy Your New Roof

As you can see, there is a lot of planning that you need to do before you get a new roof. You will need to prepare to space your yard for the equipment and vehicles of your roofing service. You will also need to keep your neighbors informed about what you are doing.

Ensure that you secure your valuable possessions from damage. Finally, you need to ensure that your children and pets are kept safe throughout this time.

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