Our roofing project has become the job from Hell.
They were set to start last Monday and we were told it would take ONE DAY to finish, although it would be a long day. Then it was TWO days. Then THREE days. Then FOUR. Now, we’ve had more than a WEEK of project delays, bad weather, poor time management, and a frightening safety issue (no one hurt).
Today will be the FIFTH straight day of them pounding on the house, blocking the garage, and leaving loose materials all over our yard.
In the hopes of helping some of our neighbors – or anyone getting work done at their house – please review this checklist of “additional requirements” I just drew up with your contractor. In fact, I’d even have them sign these ‘House Rules’ as part of the formal contract.
‘HOUSE RULES’ / REQUIREMENTS:
– Ensure everyone on the crew knows SAFETY is #1 on this property
– No work on the house/ladders after SUNSET – manage time wisely
– Wrap up/suspend work if SEVERE weather warnings issued in area
– Clean up the work equipment EVERY night – unblock doors to house
– Sweep for nails/sharp materials DAILY – especially driveway & walk
– Ensure public sidewalks are kept clear for neighbors
– Clean up FOOD containers & bottles/cans – immediately after meals
– Frequently check materials haven’t BLOWN into neighbors’ yards
– Provide expectations for how LONG job will take & possible delays
– Detail roughly how many PEOPLE will be working and daily hours
– Ensure regular updates if work is DELAYED for any reason
– Provide a phone # of who to CALL if issues arise & answer it!
Hopefully this list of requirements will save you from having to frantically call multiple people 45 minutes after DARK in a severe LIGHTNING storm to tell them to get their crew down from the roof/ladders on your house.
I assumed these would all be basic requirements any contractor would follow, but that may not always be the case. Better to be clear up front than run into issues later.
What kinds of “additional requirements” have you incorporated into agreements with contractors on your house?
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