Changing the outside of your home can be scary, especially if this is your first big repair job, but it is well worth the work. A significant change to the outside of your house could make it look completely different, protect you from unwanted damage, cut your energy costs, and raise the value of your property.
As you start the process, you may have several questions: How do I begin? How much money should I save for each project? How should each makeover part be done to get the best results?
KBJ Bayonne Contracting Services has thought about these questions and made a simple step-by-step plan so you can feel confident about your next makeover.
1. Make a plan for remodeling the outside of your home. What? How?
Start by deciding what kinds of work you want done on the outside of your home. Have an idea of why you want to change the outside of your house, what services you want done, and how you want it to look when you’re done.
Here are some of the most popular reasons to make changes to the outside of a house:
- Needed fix or upkeep
- Plans for growth
- Making the house look newer and more appealing
- Adding to the selling value
Set your goals while you’re making your plan. Find out what you need and what you want. What are the must-haves, the nice-to-haves, and the best services that could be offered in the future? Be clear about what you want and how you want it done to plan your spending well.
Set a Budget If you do not create a reasonable budget for your strategy, the prices may wind up being considerably more significant than you anticipated, or you may not get the value you expected.
Consider what you want done to your house, how essential it is to you, how long it will take, and what you want in a builder as you create your budget.
A complete exterior renovation costs $20,000 to $100,000. Four major factors influence the cost of a renovation project:
- Charges and down payments for workers
- Material and shipping costs
- Costs of labor
- Expenses tied to project needs that were not expected
Discuss each of these issues with each potential employee. They need to be open about their knowledge of and plans for addressing each of these financial demands. We advise requesting bids from three or four nearby, insured, and licensed builders to begin creating a budget. This will help you figure out the scope of the job length and scope: duration, your pricing range, and the ideal balance between price and quality.
Bonus Advice: Hire contractors that can work on all aspects of your home’s exterior, including windows, frames, roofs, siding, gutters, and woodwork. Businesses specializing in one or two tasks, such as those that exclusively repair windows or ceilings, will need additional planning, documentation, contracts, and payment schedules. Find a worker that is capable of handling all your needs. They may assess your work as a whole, making it easier for you to keep track of every little element.
2. Find a Contractor You Can Trust
Reliability is crucial when selecting the best contractor for your outside improvement job.
This will help you figure out the scope of the job. Take into account while picking your contractor Experience
Images and positive reviews should represent your contractor’s years in business. Additionally, ensure that the possible contractor has relevant experience with the project or service you want.
Don’t choose based on the price of the quote alone. A cheaper price usually means lower-quality work, which could cost you more money in the long run. When making an estimate, a good builder will consider the job, materials, and insurance that will be needed.
Word-of-mouth suggestions, referrals from local supply businesses, and homeowner-to-homeowner evaluations on sites like Angie’s List, Yelp, or Google will be the most useful. When browsing these websites, remember that even the finest companies will have some negative feedback. Instead of striving for 100% flawless ratings, consider how each company’s overall evaluations make you feel.
Your worker needs to have a good BBB rating, have enough insurance, and have all the state licenses they need. You could also go to the contractor’s website to find out if they are a factory-certified provider of high-quality goods.
Communication and Connection
Your worker should communicate effectively with you, return your calls, provide you with any requested information and paperwork, assist you in understanding the project’s scope, and make you feel necessary. Only employ someone if you like how they make you think. Hire someone you are comfortable talking to, conducting business with, and allowing to work on your house.
3. Know Your Order of Operations
Always prioritize your most vital tasks and repairs. Major renovations may alter the requirements for lesser charges, but proper maintenance may protect you and your home from further damage during future upgrades.
Following your primary and urgent tasks, your outside makeover will typically go as follows:
- Roof and gutters
- Soffit and fascia
A comprehensive exterior restoration is no easy work, but it can make a big difference in your home’s beauty, function, and value when done right. Do you have any other questions concerning your outside remodeling project? Give us a call; we’re happy to assist!