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Top Reasons For Remodeling Your Home’s Exterior
There are, naturally, many reasons to consider an exterior remodel. If any of the items on the list below ring true for you, it may be time to contemplate how a home exterior remodeling project can help increase your home’s overall value by boosting its appearance.
Protect Your Investment
Your home is an important element of your financial future and may even be the largest investment you’ll ever make. One way to protect it and maximize its value is to maintain it diligently. Many parts of your home’s exterior, such as the roof and siding, can be damaged or weakened due to inclement weather, moisture, pests and other issues. By repairing exterior problems as soon as you notice them, you are lessening the need for more costly and time-consuming repairs down the road.
Updating the outside of your home not only allows you to maintain it properly but also enhances its appearance. Improving a house’s exterior looks is a popular way to improve your overall satisfaction with your home. And curb appeal is one of the key reasons why buyers will or won’t consider putting a bid on a home, so it is a vital aspect for making your dwelling appealing when you are ready to sell.
If you have an older home, it is likely that at least some of the materials in your house do not take advantage of new, cost-saving technologies. As a result, your energy bills may be higher than necessary. An exterior remodel is a great way to incorporate new materials that are stronger, more durable, airtight and efficient at eliminating drafts, improving ventilation and adding insulation. The difference will be obvious in both how comfortable your home feels, as well as lower costs on your utilities.
New materials can lessen the hours and finances you spend on maintenance. Whether you choose siding that eliminates the need to repaint your home every few years, gutter caps that prevent clogged gutters in need of cleaning or double-paned windows so you don’t have to insert storm windows, an exterior remodel can help you free up time and money.
How To Ensure a Quality Home Remodel
Once you are ready to commit to a remodeling project, your next step is to make sure you are prepared for success — and this includes choosing the right contractor. As you embark on your remodeling journey, keep in mind these tips, which can help you enjoy a remodel that is done well, on time and with excellence.
Choose a contractor you can connect with
It’s important to be sure you are on the same page with the contractor you hire. So, look for someone you can connect with. Talk with potential contractors in person, so you can get a sense of who they are. Pay attention to how responsive they are to your emails, texts, and phone calls. Choose a contractor that you can stay in contact with on a weekly basis.
Remember that price and quality are related
You know the saying, “You get what you pay for.” When considering who you will hire, consider more than the bottom-line cost. Other factors to consider include:
- Does the contractor have any awards or specialized certifications? This often indicates both expertise as well as adherence to a strict code of ethics that can only benefit you, the homeowner.
- Do they have a positive rating from the Better Business Bureau, Angie’s List, and other organizations? A good rating reflects that customers are satisfied with the contractor’s work, while poor ratings can point to broken promises, failures to deliver, poor work and other problems that you want to avoid.
- Do they offer lifetime guarantees and warranties? Contractors who take pride in and feel confident in the quality of their work are more likely to offer guarantees, while high-quality product providers usually warranty their materials.
Get everything in writing
It’s a good idea to have the plans for your remodel spelled out in writing before you sign on the dotted line. This helps ensure that you and your contractor are agreed on the details of the project before the work begins. And it helps you, the homeowner, to know what the costs of each part of the project should be, as well as when the work is expected to be complete. A timeline of each phase of the project, describing what will be done and when, is also very useful for alleviating any concerns you may have, as well as allowing you to plan for contingencies.
Be honest and realistic about your home improvement budget
If you are working within a set budget for your home remodel, talk with your contractor about it upfront. This allows your contractor to make budget appropriate recommendations and help you avoid overspending. You can also consider breaking the remodel into phases, doing one part of the project this year, another part next year and so on. This may add slightly to the total cost of the work you are doing, but spreading out the cost over time can make needed repair work more manageable.
Mentally prepare yourself for the remodeling process
A home remodel takes time, but you can make the process easier on yourself by considering and planning for several factors ahead of time.
- Select materials, colors and finishing touches ahead of time so that each phase of the project can begin without delay.
- Examine sample materials and confirm that you are happy with them before having them installed.
- Create a place where the remodeling crew can store supplies and equipment.
- Put away any valuable or fragile items that you don’t want to be damaged by accident during the remodeling process.
- Stay in regular contact with the contractor so you can keep up to date on progress.
- Be aware that the project will most likely be noisy and dusty at times. If you are normally at home during the day, you might plan opportunities to get out of the house and enjoy a break from the remodel.
- Keep your eye on the prize! Any time it takes to complete the project will be worth it when you can enjoy your home’s increased beauty, structural integrity, and curb appeal.
How To Improve Each Aspect Of Your Home’s Exterior
Now that you’re moving forward with your exterior remodel, how do you know what to maintain, what to repair and what to replace? As you probably know if you’ve been a homeowner for a while, there are many exterior areas where you can make upgrades. Consider each of the following options for your remodeling project before you begin.
One of the best ways to improve your home’s resale value is to invest in high-quality siding. Not only does siding eliminate the need for frequent painting of your home’s exterior; it also helps protect your home from the wear and tear that wood, brick, and stone are subject to, such as termite infestations, hail damage, wood rot and weather erosion. One of the most respected brands on the market is James Hardie® fiber cement siding, which is versatile, extremely durable, attractive and customizable to give you the exterior look you want.
Old, outdated or damaged windows can leave your home subject to drafts, resulting in both discomforts for the homeowner and costly utility bills. Installing new windows can improve your financial bottom line and keep your family warm and dry. Fiberglass windows are one of the most popular choices among homeowners, because they offer superior strength and durability, allowing them to resist wear and tear for many years to come.
Porches and Decks
An attractive porch or deck is a definite selling point that adds to your home’s curb appeal and resale value. It’s also a terrific place to make memories with your loved ones and friends. If your porch or deck is in need of a facelift, or if it needs repairs to ensure its structural integrity, consider adding it to your remodel to-do list. And remember, a skilled contractor can add a porch or deck for you, even if you don’t currently have one.
Replacing the doors to your home, especially the front door, can enhance your home’s appearance while also improving functionality. Top quality entry doors, patio doors, and garage doors can make it easier for you to enter your home and harder for unwanted intruders to get in, especially when you install security systems along with your door replacement.
An essential means of maintaining your home’s exterior is to maintain the paint. Simply put, a good paint job with high-quality products can provide a protective layer that repels moisture, limits wood rot and resists pest damage. Plus, a well-done paint job is an easy, quick way to improve your home’s attractiveness.
Softscape and Hardscape
Whether you want to add to your home’s trees, plants, flowers, and lawn (softscape) or upgrade elements such as stones, rocks, gates, and driveways (hardscape), a thoughtful, colorful, quality landscaping project can raise your home from ordinary to extraordinary. Color schemes, choice of decorative materials, sculptures and other yard art can all enhance your home’s beauty and provide a sense of elegance and comfort to any home.
Plan your Remodeling Project Now
As you can see, planning a successful, creative, skillful exteri- or remodel can add to your home’s curb appeal, resale value and comfort for many years to come. Going through the process described here and considering all the details of what is best for you, your family and budget will result in a home remodel project that goes smoothly and makes you happy and proud of your beloved home.
About Lakeside Exteriors
When you’re ready for a remodeling project that will have you falling in love with your house all over again, contact Lakeside Exteriors. We’ve been helping homeowners beautify, restore and improve the structural integrity and curb appeal of their home’s exterior since 1997, with satisfied customers who can testify to receiving quality work performed with integrity, at a fair price.
Request a free, no-obligation consultation today by calling us at (636) 978-5000. We look forward to helping you.
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