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New Roof, Angry Neighbors - How to Ease the Situation
If you've ever had the unpleasant experience of a nearby neighbor's house undergoing major construction, then you know just how irritating it can be if the crew they hired were early birds.
Think next time you yell profanities out the window because the shoe will soon be on the other foot.
If you find yourself in the situation of preparing to have roofers work on your house in the coming weeks, here are some tips to stay in good graces with the neighborhood.
Notify the Neighbors Yourself
A way to really get your neighbors in a good mood (sarcastic) is to let them know you're getting a new roof by hearing the banging of a hammer at 6:45 AM on the day that work starts.
As a neighborly duty you should warn them of the impending work at least a week in advance and let them know the planned work schedule and duration. They might still get woken up, but at least it won't be a surprise.
Secure Parking for the Crew and Equipment
Noise isn't the only nuisance of construction in a neighborhood, so is the presence of trucks, trailers, and equipment often blocking the road or invading others' property. If possible secure some parking on your land, even if it means moving a swing set and having workers park in your yard.
Set a Crew Schedule
While the head of the crew might be against it, most workers wouldn't mind getting an extra hour of sleep over the course of one job, so see if you can push early start times back a couple hours - say from 6:00 AM to 8:00 AM. While local building codes dictate when construction can start anyway, see what strings you can pull if you have overly sensitive neighbors.
Clean Up Nightly
The last thing you want is shingle packaging blowing onto your neighbors' yards or old nails popping their tires. Take every precaution necessary at the end of a workday to do an extra cleanup, even after the crew has done a sweep. Finding even one errant nail that rolled into the road is worth the 5-10 minute follow up.