Preparing for Construction Day

The decision to have work done on your home is something you’ve probably thought a lot about. But you’ve come to a decision and chosen a contractor to work with. The next step is to have the work done. There is always a lot going on, and many things can get damaged when you have construction done on your home. We want to let you know about a few precautions in advance of getting work done on your home so that you can feel better knowing that you’ve taken the proper steps to ensure your home will be as prepared as possible.

Before the Build

If you have decided to work with us, there are a few things that we specifically ask that you do before the day of your build. You may decide you want to do them even if you aren’t working with us.

Mow your lawn

One of the things that we ask you to do is to have your lawn mowed within two days of your build. This will help us because it will ensure that we can find nails and other small debris that were discarded during the build.

Make notes around your home

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

Move items away from your house

Construction can be a messy process. That is why we advise you to move any items that could get damaged away from your house. At Shelter Construction, we do this for our customers before we begin building, but that isn’t the case with every exterior restoration company.

If you’re planning on going anywhere on the day of the build you will want to move your car to the street. Once the project starts, it will be hard to move your car.

It’s loud

Exterior projects of any kind are loud. Depending on the type of work you are having done on your home, you may find the noise to be 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.

Take down any valuables

The application of new shingles, siding, gutters, or whatever work you are having done will cause a lot of vibrations within your home. The last thing we would want if we were working with you, would be to have something break, while we were fixing something else. We recommend that you remove any valuables or pictures from your walls, and any items that you may have sitting on shelves. Just to be safe, it would be a wise idea to move ANYTHING that you find valuable that you think could be broken due to vibrations.


When it comes to exterior renovation projects, landscaping can be tricky to take care of. At Shelter, we do everything possible to avoid this by placing tarps and plywood to catch and deflect debris away from sensitive areas but understand that major construction projects can have an impact on your landscaping. Hopefully whatever company you choose does this as well.

Having an exterior project of any kind done on your home is a big undertaking, and roofing, siding, windows, decks, patios, or porches are no exception. If you feel nervous or are worried that your home might not be prepared for these projects, just follow these steps and the process will go smoothly. You will be looking at a beautiful, new exterior in no time.

If you have any questions or would like to speak to us more about exterior projects call us or fill out the form on our website to schedule an appointment today.