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Five Ways to Keep your Neighbors Happy During an Exterior Remodel

Posted by Rachel Karl

Dec 16, 2014

 

Any type of construction can disturb you and your neighbors. There are some renovations that are less disturbing than others, but from installing new siding to landscaping to a full remodel, there will be a certain amount of dust and noise. When that construction is done to your home, you have the opportunity to be the best neighbor ever by following these simple tips:12 Blog 3 Pic 1 resized 600

Tip #1: Warn your neighbors about the upcoming construction. This may not be feasible to do in person, but you can certainly pop a polite note on your neighbor’s mat, warning them of the construction. Try a note like this one:

“Dear Neighbor,                           

“Hi! I’m Jane Doe over on 123 Mockingbird Lane. I just wanted to give you a quick heads up that I’m going to have some siding work done on my home. The construction date is Jan 5th, 2015 and they estimate the work will take three days - from Monday, Jan 5th through Weds, Jan 8th. The company, Peninsula Siding, will work from 9:00 am until 6:00 pm each day.”

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“I’m sorry for the inconvenience!  Thanks so much being a great neighbor!”

Your simple and polite heads up will go a long way.

Tip #2: Try and set aside some space on the street for the construction company to park their vehicles. If you live on a cramped street, it may be a good idea to set aside a parking spot or two in advance that works for you and your neighbors. This can also help the company get the work set up and cleaned up more rapidly.

Tip #3: Be clear with the construction company about any restrictions specific to your street or neighbors. Any special requests about your neighborhood should be put in writing so the manager can go over everything with his or her workers before your project begins.12 Blog 3 Pic 3 resized 600

Tip #4: Extend an olive branch to your neighbors at the end of the construction. This could be in the form of a “Thank you” note, a batch of cookies, or a house party. Let them know that you appreciate their patience with the project and be sure they know you will extend them the same courtesy.

Tip #5: Remember, in the end, there are some people who get upset no matter what we do to insure everyone’s comfort and convenience. You may have a neighbor who was ill and was disturbed during his recuperation or some such circumstance. There is rarely a perfect solution for every person, but notifying all in advance and taking as much care as you can to be as mindful as possible will go a long way in keeping your neighbors happy.

At Peninsula Siding Company, we work hard to make sure each and every customer is perfectly happy with the quality of work done, our timeliness, and with those employees who do the installation. Contact us today to see how you can improve the looks of your home and your neighborhood with siding. 

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