Homeowners Checklist: Preparing for Your Roof Replacement

Your roofing replacement project is around the corner, It’s exciting, but how do you prepare? If you work with a reliable roofing contractor, most of the work should be done already, but there are still things you should do to help prepare your home and your family for the project. 

If you are thinking about getting a new roof in the future (or the date is coming up quickly), here is a quick checklist to help you prepare for the project and make it a success. 

Consider Taking Time Off Work

It’s always ideal for homeowners to be home while the job is being completed. It allows roofing crews to bring to your attention issues and work through solutions more quickly. Consider taking time off or working from home. 

Clear Your Driveway and Lawn

Materials will need to be dropped off, generally at the bottom of your driveway or at the end of your lawn. It makes it easier for crews to leave the materials if these areas are clear. It’s also easier to move materials and work throughout the day if there are no cars in the driveway. 

Consider Covering Flower Gardens with a Tarp

Roofing crews are very careful not to damage any flowers, bushes, or landscaping around your home, but you can add an extra layer of protection by gently covering delicate flower garden around your home. 

Mow Your Lawn

Your roofing crew will carefully inspect your lawn to ensure there are no nails, materials, or debris left behind. Keeping your lawn short will greatly help them make sure your yard is clear after the job is done. 

Let Your Neighbors Know

Roofing replacement can be a noisy job, so consider letting your neighbors know when the job will be done to keep disruptions to a minimum. 

Cover Items in Your Attic

If you use your attic as a storage space, cover the items with a tarp or blanket. This will prevent dust and dirt from falling on them while the new shingles are being nailed into your home. 

Satellite Dishes

If you have a satellite dish on your roof, it’s best to have your provider remove it temporarily. If there is an old, unused dish on your home, let your roofing crew know and they will remove and dispose of it properly. 

What You Don’t Need to Worry About

  • Insurance: your roofing contractor should work directly with your insurance company, if necessary 
  • Permits: your roofing contractor should have all the necessary permits pulled before the job begins 
  • Marking utility lines: in most cases, lines and wires should not have to be marked. If they have to be, your roofing contractor will have them marked before the job begins 
  • Preparation and cleanup: you will not need to prepare your roof at all or cleanup after the job is done 


Have questions about roofing replacement? Get in touch with our team at Schmidt Roofing for some answers and a free quote on your next job!


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