April 10

What You Can Do to Prepare for Construction Day


Roofers on the day of construction


So you’ve decided to have major exterior work done on your home and chosen a contractor. The next step is to have the job done. At Shelter, we provide all our clients with a list of project expectations. That way, you can feel better knowing that you’ve taken the proper steps to ensure your home will be as prepared as possible on construction day. We’re sharing the highlights here:


Before Construction Day


If you have decided to work with us, there are a few things that we specifically ask that you do before construction day. Do them even if you aren’t working with us.


Mow your lawn


One of the things that we ask is to have your lawn mowed within two days of your build. This will help us find nails and other debris discarded during construction day.


Make notes around your home.


Another thing we ask our customers to do is to walk around their homes, make notes about any pre-existing defects unrelated to the storm damage repairs that we are performing, and provide this information to our project manager.




At Shelter, we do everything possible to avoid this by placing tarps and plywood to catch and deflect debris away from sensitive areas. Still, we understand that major construction projects can impact your landscaping.


Move decorative items and outdoor furniture away from your house.


Efficient construction involves a lot of material and heavy equipment. That is why we advise you to move any items (statues, outdoor furniture, etc.) that could get damaged away from your house. While we do our best to protect your landscaping and deck, we cannot move furniture and other objects.

When your dumpster arrives, it will block you from the entrance and exit of your garage. MOVE YOUR CAR TO THE STREET before your dumpster arrives.


Take down wall hangings and pictures.


Applying new shingles, siding, gutters, or whatever work you have done can cause vibrations within your home. To be safe, it is a wise idea to move ANYTHING that you find valuable that you think could be broken due to vibrations. We recommend removing any valuables or pictures from your walls and any items you may have sitting on shelves.


It’s loud on construction day.


Exterior projects of any kind are loud. Especially the type of project that you will be having done on your home. Depending on the work you have done on your home, you may find the noise overwhelming. The best place to go to avoid the banging hammers will be the basement. It will be the quietest place in your house and will give you at least a bit of a break from all the noise that will be going on.


Give us time to clean up.


Once the work is complete, we will call to finalize the permit and pick up the dumpster and excess materials. We also pick up debris and run a magnet roller to pick up loose nails and small items. While we try to achieve this post-job checklist as quickly as possible, we ask for your patience for a day or two while we finish this vital part of the job. Having an exterior project done on your home is a big undertaking, and roofing, siding, windows, or gutters are no exception. To ensure your home is prepared for construction day, follow these steps, and the process will go smoothly. You will be looking at a beautiful, new-looking home in no time.


Turn to the Pros at Shelter for Construction Day


At Shelter, we perform free inspections and consultations. We will perform minor repairs during the examination to small damage that we find. Call us at 612-284-6985 or schedule an inspection today on our website!



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