Whether you know someone completing a DIY remodel or are just watching a renovation show on television, a lot of time and effort is spent on interior remodels. Typically, much thought is given to things like paint colors, fixtures, and the layout. Rarely do exterior home renovations get as much attention.
However, that's no reason to take an exterior remodel lightly. Renovations on the outside of your home deserve adequate preparation and thought. After all, the outside of your home helps protect the beautiful work you have done inside. If you're thinking about remodeling your exterior, here are a few considerations to keep in mind.
What to know before beginning an exterior remodeling
Know your vision. Most remodels don't happen out of the blue. Usually, there is an instigating factor. The cause that spurs the renovation is part of your vision and is an important first step. Do you want to up your home's curb appeal? Fix outdated or unsafe aspects? Maybe you would like your house to be more eco-friendly? Before you start, know what you want to achieve with your reno.
Draw up some plans. Just like redoing your kitchen or bathroom, the outside of your home needs a game plan before you start renovating. First, you'll want to think about pain points or changes you want to make to solve issues. Next, it's time for dreams and desires, including anything that would make your outside space more appealing. When creating a plan, feel free to include as many changes as you want, as you can pare down your list in the next step.
Create a budget. No renovation should begin without a budget. Exterior remodels can come in at a slightly higher price than the interior. For example, adding a deck is often pricier than putting new tiles in your bathroom. Whether you're going big, like putting on a sunroom, or small, like painting the front door, having a number in mind will help protect your sanity and finances.
Consider contractors carefully. You wouldn't hire an electrician to install a new toilet, so why would you hire contractors inexperienced with exterior projects for your remodel? An experienced contractor is ideal for tackling big jobs, like structural issues, while working to achieve your vision. If you're doing significant work, skipping the DIY and calling in the pros is usually best, as they may help you navigate permits, licensing, and other vital procedures.
Do your research. Just as there are various types of carpeting or countertops, exterior remodeling projects come with options too. Spend time learning the pros and cons of different types of materials, designs, and projects. Doing so can ensure you're getting the most bang for your buck and will be satisfied with the changes you made for the long term.
Think about timelines. Depending on where you live, some seasons may be more favorable than others for outdoor remodels. That said, the warmer months are a prime time to enjoy exterior living, so you may want to try and work around high-use periods. Finally, remember that remodels may take longer than you expected. When you're making big changes, unforeseen circumstances can occur, so give yourself (and your contractor) a little grace time.