You've contracted with a company to have your roof replaced, and you can't wait to enjoy the look of those brand new shingles. But before you get too excited, take a step back. Your residential roofing company will certainly be doing most of the work here, from tearing off the old roof to installing the new shingles. However, there are some ways you need to prepare before they arrive.
1. Figure out where you'd like them to put the dumpster.
Roofing companies typically load all of the old roofing shingles in a dumpster so they can easily haul them off to the dump. Before they arrive, you need to figure out where you would like them to place this dumpster. The closer to the home, the better. They like to be able to toss shingles directly off the roof and into the dumpster. You may need to park your car elsewhere so that they can park the dumpster in your driveway. You may also want to see if your neighbor minds if they park the dumpster in their driveway for a day, if that's the closest sturdy surface.
2. Secure your funding.
Some roofing companies offer financing, and others do not. Whether you plan on financing your roof or paying up front, make sure you have all the funds in the right spot so you can pay as soon as the roof is complete. If you need to transfer money from one account to another, do it now. If you need to get a bank check, do that, too. You don't want to wait until the last minute and find out there's a 24-hour hold on transfers or something like that.
3. Move things out of your attic.
During the roof replacement process, there will be some debris that falls into the attic. If your attic is empty, that's not a big deal. But if you have valuable items in your attic, take the time to remove them and store them elsewhere. You can also just take some sheets into the attic and put them over boxes and other items prior to the roof replacement. When the roof replacement is over, you can shake off the sheets and vacuum everything up.
Having your roof replaced is exciting, but it does require a little prep work, too. Make sure you leave yourself enough time to prepare so that you and your home are ready when the roofers arrive.