How To Prepare For Different Home Improvement Projects
It’s true that hiring a home improvement professional significantly reduces the headache that comes with home improvement projects. A great home improvement professional means less mess, means the project will be finished in less time, and means there’s less actual work for you. It doesn’t mean, however, that you won’t have to prepare your home at all. In fact, just about every home improvement project will require some level of preparation, though what that is can vary from project to project. In today’s blog, let’s discuss the ways to prepare for different home improvement projects.
A replacement roof is a good investment, but can feel like quite an interruption to your normal day-to-day. It can be noisy and there may be work areas that aren’t safe for children or pets. Make sure you set those boundaries before the project starts and discuss with your children first.
You’ll also want to take any decorations off the wall, since the hammers and construction work is likely to shake the walls. A protective tarp over any storage in the attic is also a good plan to protect your belongings, as well as moving away any patio furniture. Remove any satellite dishes or antennas from the roof and trim back any trees before it starts. Finally, as with most home improvement projects, be sure to give your construction workers plenty of room in your driveway so that they have easy access to their equipment.
Window installations are less intensive work than roof replacements, but they do still require some preparation. As with a roof replacement, you’ll want to take care to remove anything fragile from the area and cover your furniture. You’ll also still want to keep children and pets from the area. If you have an alarm system, this is also a good time to disable it. Alarm systems are often tied to your windows, so if they’re not disabled before the project begins, they may misread the situation as a break-in and begin to go off.
Entry Door Installation
A new or replacement door will add to the security of your home and even the curb appeal. Door installations take less time and cause less disruption than the other projects, but take some care to protect your home before they begin. Before your door installation happens, you’ll want to do a light cleaning of your house, especially near the entryway. Move your car out of the driveway so that construction workers have plenty of room, and keep kids and pets away from the construction work. You may also need to make sure that a permit isn’t needed in your area to install a new door. If it is, do you or your installation company have the right permit?
Siding installation, on the other hand, is a much more involved process. Once again, remove any decor from your walls and keep children and pets away from work areas. Once again, you may want to remove any outdoor furniture. Keep your driveway clear and give contractors plenty of room as they’ll need both access to their tools and the boards of siding. Because siding is such a large project, you may even want to make plans to be out of the house for the duration of the project. If this is the case, make sure you share contact information with the project manager so that you can stay in the loop about the project.
A home addition is an excellent way to add value to your home, as well as make it more comfortable and exciting while you live in it. The type of preparation you’ll need to do for a home addition will depend on the type of home addition you plan to do. At this point, boarding your pets or hiring a petsitter to take them for a few days might be a good idea. Make sure that you have a way to prepare meals (or order takeout for the duration) and get to the bathroom for the duration. This might again be the kind of project where it might even be better to make plans to be out of the house for a few days.
Want to enjoy your outdoor space during the summer — or increase your room for friends and family to gather? A deck installation could be a boon for your home. Before your deck installation begins, check again to make sure that any permits you might need have already been acquired. Take measurements of your backyard space so that you can visualize the deck you want. You’ll want to leave plenty of room for supplies and equipment in the backyard as well as leaving the driveway clear. Often, we let pets outside during the day, but because that’s where the construction will be going on, you may want to walk your pets when they need to do their business.
Preparing your home for home improvement projects will ensure that the project goes more smoothly, that the team is able to work unimpeded, and that you and your family stay safe and comfortable throughout the entire process. But it’s important to work with a team you can trust. Jancewicz & Son has been in business for over 80 years and we can help you with whatever home improvement project you need. Contact us today for more information about preparing your home for home improvement or to schedule a free estimate.