House Remodel Guide: Exterior Edition

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The importance of remodeling the exterior of your home is often overlooked and it shouldn’t be. If you want to improve the value of the property, starting with the exterior might be the best way to go, since it’s how the first opinions about the home are made.

The exterior is also the layer that protects your home from the elements and keeps it insulated and that’s something to invest in as well, since it will lower the cost of maintenance in the long run.

The goal

The first step toward remodeling the exterior of your home is to be sure what the main goal of the renovation is. That will drive the whole process and make it better organized. The goal could be something as simple as repairing the problems that have come up with your home exterior over the years. It could also be something more complex than that, such as trying to change the overall look and feel of the exterior and create a new aesthetic for your home. In the end, the most ambitious goal can be to increase the square footage you have and create a small patio as an extra room.

Insulation

Insulating your home can be a home improvement project that pays for itself. It will cut down the expenses the household has for cooling and heating the home over the years. This can be accomplished by changing the doors and windows and installing a layer of cladding. Cladding is also important for the safety of your family since the materials you choose could be protective during a home emergency. Investing in quality non-combustible cladding will make your home safer in case there is a fire and it will protect it from the elements as well.

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Dividing the work

A lot of the work that’s done on outside remodeling could be done by the homeowners and there’s little chance of making mistake, at least ones that can’t be fixed. That’s why it’s important to make a list of those kinds of tasks and of those that should be done by an expert. This is how you divide the work between what is low-cost DIY work and what will require you to hire and pay for a professional. At the same time, you should make the list of administrative tasks that are required before you can start, since remodeling may require you to get a license first.

Don’t forget the landscape

A big part of the curb appeal of your home is in the landscape around it, instead of the home itself. It’s important to consider the landscape as a big part of the project from the start. That will ensure it fits with the rest of the changes you’re making. There’s no reason to go overboard with your yard landscaping. A simple, clean-cut look for your yard never goes out of style and simply maintaining the yard on a regular basis will get you a long way.

Lights

In the end, you need to consider how the yard will be lit and how it will affect the new look of your home exterior. The main consideration here is safety since you want to be able to spot someone lurking in your yard, or prevent them from doing so. Having enough accent lights around the doors and alongside the pathways is your second concern since that’s how the lights amplify the work you’ve done on changing the home exterior and the surrounding landscape.

Remodeling your home exterior could make the whole property more valuable and less expensive to maintain. It’s all about examining what the good features of your home are and putting the emphasis on them.

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