If you're considering an exterior home remodel this spring or summer, now is the perfect time to start planning. Whether you want to take on a simple exterior remodel or totally change the exterior of your house, being prepared and building a detailed home project plan can help reduce your stress and help keep you on budget.
Here are some tips and home remodel checklists to help guide you through things to consider when remodeling:
Before we discuss steps for remodeling a house or even the cost to remodel the outside, let's think about all the things you want to do. Take a sheet of paper and write down the answers to these questions. This exercise will help you put together a vision that matches your dream result.
So, are you ready to move forward? If you’re anxious about making the investment, here’s a recent article that may address your concerns about the ROI of remodeling spending.
Set a Remodeling Budget
The key to putting together an accurate budget is to write down expenses line by line. Be realistic about how much materials and labor really cost! It's easy to start with the big line items but remember that it's often the small things-the easily forgotten ones-that certainly add up. Make sure to remember costs including dumpster rentals and equipment rentals which can quickly put you over budget.
Planning for the unexpected is important. Some homeowners automatically add 10 percent to any budget for unexpected contingences. Others add 15 percent. Even the most professional and talented remodeler could have a problem. Or, they might uncover an issue you didn't know you have, like a plumbing leak, termite concerns or water damage.
This is the fun part! It’s time to start researching materials and colors for your exterior remodel. There are plenty of ways to get ideas for your remodel. You can attend home shows, visit local showrooms or simply look online. Make sure you include manufacturers’ product pages and visualization tools to learn about different products, styles and colors. There are many different home styles, so it helps to know the difference in terms like Victorian, Colonial, Bungalows, Modern Farmhouse and more.
As you're researching, take special note of the features and product characteristic you especially like or feel should be required. For example, if you're planning to re-side your home, what are the functional benefits you require in a product? Common things to think about with siding include:
It's not surprising that homeowners are most anxious about finding a well-qualified contractor who can deliver the remodel or siding renovation of their dreams. Since you're starting early, take the time to investigate contractors.
LP Building Solutions has a program that helps homeowners find highly skilled and well-trained exterior home contractors and remodelers in their area. The LP® BuildSmart™ Preferred Contractor Program provides extensive LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding product training to its contractor members, so homeowners can be assured of this important skillset.
Planning now helps ensure you have a really great experience when you do the remodel or reside job—and so you can be pleased with a beautiful, durable result for years to come.