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A Beginner’s Guide to Exterior Remodeling Project

Exterior home remodeling can completely change the outlook of your home, improving its curbside appeal; however, it’s a massive undertaking. Going into the process prepared will help reduce the stress load.

You need to have a clear vision of what you want to achieve, have a budget in mind, and research contractors thoroughly. Our guide discusses how you can prepare yourself for your home’s exterior remodeling project.


Have a Clear Vision

The vision will drive the project and define the ‘why’ and ‘what’ of your home remodeling. The most common reasons why homeowners remodel the exterior are:

  • Maintenance or repair
  • Expansion
  • Improving curbside appeal
  • Boost the resale value of their home

Your vision should have a goal tied to it. That way you know what you want to achieve and your remodeling contractor can help you achieve it.


Maintenance or Repair?

Think of maintenance as preventative services. If you notice the exterior slowly deteriorating, you call in a contractor to maintain it. Repairs are usually done after damage to the exterior, usually due to poor maintenance. For example, do the windows and frames just need a thorough cleaning or is it rusted and dirty to a point where window replacement is the only option?

You need to assess the type of work that needs to be done, a contractor can help with the assessment. Keep in mind that repair work will always cost more. Since there is a need for new material and more work involved.


What are Your Must-haves and Like-to-haves

Make two lists; one of the must-haves and the second of like-to-haves. The must-haves are the things that you need to have done. The like-to-haves are for if the set budget allows.

With exteriors, you have to consider repainting, roof and gutters installation, window replacements, new siding, soffit, and fascia. For those opting for a complete exterior overhaul, everything would be included.


Set a Budget

Go into the remodel project knowing what average costs are, and what you can spend. Costs of exterior remodel range from $15K to $100K, depending on the type of work and materials. Consider the following:

  • Material and transportation fees.
  • Contractor costs.
  • Labor costs.
  • A couple of thousand for unforeseen project needs.

You can set your budget after speaking to a couple of contractors and getting an estimate for your project. Once you’ve set the budget, stick to it.


Take Your Time and Research

Don’t rush into the remodeling process – do your research first. Take your time devising a plan and ask around to trusted sources for recommendations on materials’ sourcing and trustworthy contractors.


Select the Right Contractor

Selecting a contractor is an involved process. Some things to look out for are:

  • Experience. Pick someone that has years of experience and testimonials to back it up. Ask them for pictures of previous work and references.
  • License. Your contractor should be licensed in the province or city where they’re based..
  • Reviews. Look at online reviews of the contractor on different platforms such as Google, Yelp, and Facebook.
    Cost-value. Quality should always be your priority, so weigh the costs and make sure you get the most for your money.


Have Your Home Remodeled By the Best in the Business!

The thought of remodeling your home can be fun and exciting, especially when you do it with the right team. Homeowners in Columbus, OH, and surrounding areas trust Citadel Exteriors for their exterior remodeling needs. You can contact us at 614-470-4106 or inquire online.