How To Prepare For An Exterior Remodeling Project
If you’re considering a remodeling project you can probably feel the stress growing already. There’s no denying that remodeling projects can be messy, expensive, and interfere with your daily routine. Yet, it can give you less maintenance, better energy efficiency, and a fresh look for your home. Although remodels are rarely completed without any problems, we want to give you some tips on how to prepare for each step of your journey.
Why Consider A Remodel?
There can be several reasons why you’re considering a remodel. It could be a problem you need to fix , you’re looking to sell your home, or it’s finally time to create your dream home. Whatever the reason, every time you walk through the door you feel relaxed and comfortable. A remodel can bring new enjoyment, comfort, and style while adding value to your home in other ways.
- Protect Your Investment
- Your home might be the biggest investment you make, keep it protected and extend its life with a quality remodel.
- Boost Curb Appeal
- From siding projects to window projects you can maximize your ROI and add more value to your home.
- Improve Energy Efficiency
- Upgrading your home means you’ll see significant savings on your energy costs.
- Reduce Maintenance
- Home repairs and upkeep can be costly. Save yourself time and expenses by investing in a remodel to extend your home’s life.
Creating A Budget
Remodeling projects are expensive and can easily go over budget. In 2019, only 36% of homeowners met their budgets and about 31% went over budget. That means 1 in 3 home improvement projects goes over budget. As a homeowner, that’s a scary statistic because renovations can quickly add up and spending more money than you expected can leave you frustrated and stressed. When it comes to creating a budget, you can never be too prepared. Here’s how to keep your budget on track and minimize extra stress for you.
- Create A Cushioned Budget
- Except the unexpected when it comes to remodels. Keep an extra 25% of your costs set aside to help when potential problems arise.
- Prioritize Your Project
- Make a list of everything you want your project to include separated by wants and needs.
- Prepare Cost Estimates
- Utilize HomeAdvisor’s calculator to get a good idea of what to expect from labor to material costs.
- Get Bids From Multiple Contractors
- Gather at least three bids and negotiate with a contractor you trust.
- Be Transparent
- Tell your contractor your ideal budget and they should create a plan that can met your expectations.
Creating a detailed budget can feel tedious and overwhelming but it can help keep you on track, minimize extra stress, and start your off on the right foot. Your budget will help guide you in making decisions as the project begins. It can also save you money when you’re planning your project with your contractor. You’ll need less time to plan and you’ll come fully prepared with clear expectations for the project.
When To Plan A Remodel?
Timing is important when it comes to planning your home remodel. Depending on the project, there are certain seasons that are best. Based on your project, these are the ideal times to complete your remodel.
- Roofing Project
- Fall is the ideal time for roof replacements because it’s not too hot and gives the materials time to adhere to your roof.
- Siding Project
- Fall temperatures allow the materials to adhere better and get your home ready for colder weather.
- Window Project
- Spring provides nicer weather which can help your project be completed faster and easier.
How To Prepare For Your Project
Let’s be honest, if you’ve already started planning your remodeling project you’ve probably realized how overwhelming it can feel. Not only do you need to research materials, styles, and budget, you need to know how to prepare for whichever type of exterior remodeling project your looking to complete. Here are some tips that can help you know what to expect before your project starts.
Preparing For A Roof Replacement
- Storage For Materials
- Allow for extra space as materials are delivered to your home.
- Discarding The Old Roof
- Your contractor should bring a trailer to park in a driveway to hold old material during your renovation.
- Shut Down HVAC
- Turn off your HVAC system to reduce damage to the portion located outside your house.
- Clear Your Walls
- Remove fragile or high-value items from your walls to prevent damage.
Preparing For A Siding Replacement
- Clear Your Landscape
- You don’t want your favorite plants stepped on during the process. Dig them up and replant them after the project.
- Park Elsewhere
- Keep your driveway free to store material and construction equipment.
- Keep Pets Out Of The Way
- For everyone’s safety, keep your pets out of the construction zone.
Preparing For A Window Replacement
- Turn Off Alarm Systems
- Contact your security system to let them know your windows are being replaced.
- Clear Around Your Windows
- The contractor will need 3 feet around the interior of your window to work.
- Take Down Window Treatments
- Remove curtains, shades, and blinds before your project.
Getting The Most From Your Project
Remember the renovation stage isn’t forever and the results are worth it! Whether you’re planning a roof replacement or window replacement you’ll be ready. You’re in control of your remodeling project and following these tips can help make it a more successful project with less stress for you.
- Define Your End Goal & Objective
- Keep in mind your budget, timeline, and expectations to help define your goal.
- Connect With Your Contractor
- You want somebody who understands your vision and goals with clear communication throughout the process.
- Maintain Proper Communication
- Communication with your contractor can prevent delays and help when issues arise. Make sure to get everything in writing.
- Prepare For Noise
- Especially if you’re working from home, be sure to find a quieter spot to enjoy some peace and quiet.
- Be Ready For Tough Decisions
- Problems and design changes might come up, be prepared and communicate with your contractor.
- Extra Dust
- Remodels are messy but they aren’t forever. Consider taping your vents to minimize dust particles.
- Don’t Rush
- Renovations take time and when rushed there could be mistakes. Be patient.
- Price & Quality Are Related
- When it comes to remodeling, you get what you pay for. Be sure to pick good quality materials that are durable.
Keep your eye on the prize! The time it takes to complete the project will be worth it when you can enjoy your home’s increased value, structural integrity, and comfort. Your renovation might get hectic and stressful but being prepared can significantly change your experience and keep you feeling confident throughout the process.
Choosing The Right Contractor
We hope you’re feeling less overwhelmed and have a clearer understanding of where to being when it comes to planning a renovation project. While you have prepared yourself it’s important to pick a contractor that understands your expectations and works with you to give you the best experience possible. Endeavor Exteriors understands the investment and stress that comes with remodeling projects and tries to give you the best customer experience. Communication is key in a renovation and we strive to give our customers transparency throughout their whole project. If you’re ready to start planning your project, give us a call today and being your journey!
By: Makenna Maikish