Home improvement projects like roof replacement, siding replacement, window installation and others usually take at least several hours to a couple of days to complete. Some delays happen because of sudden changes in the weather, change orders or previously undiscovered issues.
However, most factors surrounding a project can be controlled. You can avoid delays in your siding replacement, for example, if you prepare properly. Here are some tips on how to do it.
1. Choose the Right Contractor. A contractor with a good reputation and who makes you feel at ease is a better choice. You will be working with them at least for several hours and you don’t want those hours to be difficult.
2. Prep the Lawn. It’s easier for the workers to do their job if the grass is trimmed. It’s also easier and faster to comb the lawn for stray nails and tools if the grass isn’t in the way.
3. Trim the Shrubs and Trees. This is especially important if they are brushing against the side of your home. You want the workers to focus on installing your new siding and not on brushing away or trimming the greenery that’s getting in the way. In addition, shrubbery and tree branches can puncture and scratch your new siding.
4. Remove Tools and Furniture. Your contractor can get straight to work if they don’t have to move potted plants, furniture, garden tools and other items from the side of your home.
5. Remove Hanging Decor. Hanging decor like paintings, pictures and others suspended on the wall can get knocked off with vibrations from the siding work. Move furniture and appliances away from the wall, as well.
6. Prep the Driveway. Your siding installers will arrive in a van or a truck. Make way for the vehicle to enter your driveway and leave enough space where they can set up and place the material that will be installed. If removal of the old siding is part of your deal with the contractor, they might also have a dumpster in tow.
7. Remove Your Car. Park your car away from your home to avoid damage to it. The curb across from your home should be far enough.
8. Cut Off Power to Exterior Lights. To eliminate the risk of electric shock, cut off the power to the exterior lights and outlets.
By doing these things, you can help make the job easier for your contractor, who can, in turn, finish on time.
Need more advice? Get in touch with Certified Home Improvement. We are professional roof repair and siding installation specialists. Call us today at (734) 522-1601 or use this form to start discussing your project. We work with homeowners in Garden City, MI.