Hiring a professional roofing crew to repair your home's roof or even replace it is important if you want the job done right. While some homeowners attempt to tackle this job on their own, doing so can lead to future headaches in the form of a leaky roof. Once you book a date for the roofing crew to visit your home to complete the job, it's not time to sit back and relax. In the days leading up to the job, you can tend to your yard in a number of ways to help the crew get the job done quickly and safely.
Remove Branches That Block Access
One of the first steps of any roofing job is to set up ladders in your yard that will provide access to the roof. If your yard is scattered with trees, take a walk around to note if any branches could block access to the roof. If so, use a ladder and a saw or some trimmers to remove these branches. Failing to complete this step means that the roofing crew might otherwise have to do it, which will extend the length of the visit and might cost you more money. If you can't safely remove the necessary branches, consider calling a tree service to do the work safely.
Clean Up Yard Obstacles
Just as tree branches can impede access to your roof, obstacles strewn around your yard can also prove troublesome. Many homeowners store a variety of items around the outside of their homes, and it's worth taking some time to temporarily relocate such items. Things such as garden tools, children's bicycles and even flower planters are all easy enough to move to another area of your yard where they won't get in the way of the roofing crew. There's no need to move larger items such as a children's sandbox or a barbecue, as the crew should be able to work around these.
Tend To Your Lawn
Mowing your lawn, raking the leaves and picking up any grass clippings before the crew's arrival isn't just to make your yard appear tidy. A closely cut lawn makes it easier for the crew to work; long grass can temporarily obscure tools, for example. Additionally, a professional roofing crew will always spend time cleaning up its work after the job is done. Given that it's easy for some nails to get dropped during the work, short grass will make them easier to spot and pick up with the use of a magnetic device.