It is tempting to assume that a customer of a residential chimney repair services company doesn't have to do much for the project. However, the contractors will appreciate it if you do a few simple things in preparation for the job. Let's look at three preparations you can make before starting a residential chimney repair project.

Find a Reasonable Date

People often don't think to deal with chimney issues until they see evidence of trouble. The best thing you can do is to have regular inspections performed each year at the beginning of spring. If there is a problem, then you'll likely be able to schedule the job for a date when there's good weather. Likewise, the contractors are more likely to have free time in this period, and that means they'll appreciate the business.

A bonus is that you can plan around the date. For example, you might wait until a summer month when you plan to go on vacation.

Notably, don't put off necessary residential chimney repairs just to have ideal scheduling. If you have an emergency that could damage your house in the near future, it's better to schedule the project as soon as possible.

Clear a Path

Particularly if the chimney is in the center of the house, you'll need to clear a path through the home to the work area. It's wise to clear as much space as possible the whole way through the house and out to the spot outside where the contractors will park. You'll want to talk with them at your place first, though, because you don't want to clear a path until you're sure whether they'll need to go.

The company will likely require a place to stage materials, too. Discuss this with them so you can clear out a spot to store bricks, equipment, and mortar mix.

It's also a good idea if the contractors have to park on or near the edge of the property to try to be a good neighbor. If the company needs to park close to the next property, for example, ask your neighbor for permission and let them know when the job will be.

Take Down Fragile Items

While residential chimney repair efforts aren't full of banging like some projects, they can still rattle nearby rooms. It's wise to take down any fragile items that are on walls, shelves, or tables in any rooms next to the work zone. This includes things like mirrors, picture frames, and knickknacks.