Exterior Home Renovation: What Should I Expect?March 16, 2022
It’s no surprise why homeowners often prioritize exterior home renovation. That’s because your home’s exterior is the first impression guests or potential buyers get when entering. Friends and guests will enter your home no matter what, so it’s one of the most effective ways to add value to your home and increase its curb appeal.
However, regardless of how beautiful your home is on the inside, if your home’s exterior appearance is lacking, potential buyers might not even get out of their cars. Read on to learn what to expect during the exterior home renovation process and how to be prepared.
What Should I Expect During My Home’s Exterior Renovation?
There are distinct differences between exterior home renovation and interior home renovation. For our purposes today, we will focus on the most noteworthy aspects of exterior home renovation and what to expect as the homeowner.
The Importance of Planning and Budgeting
Like any home project, proper planning and budgeting before the first nail hits the board is important. When considering an exterior home renovation, there are different factors to consider. You should ask yourself the following questions.
- What parts of my home do I want to focus on? Is my focus on windows, siding, roofing, paint, or all of the above?
- Will I want attached outdoor lighting installed to accentuate my home’s new look?
Generally, the most expensive components of exterior remodeling are roofing, windows, and doors. As a result, the average budget varies widely. If you’re simply having your home repainted or if you’re updating everything, your budget can range anywhere from $5,000 – $100,000, depending on the size of your home.
Additionally, updating your home’s exterior can cause other parts of its exterior to suddenly look out of place. For example, when you have your house painted, older windows, doors, fascia, and gutters will look dirty and take away from the cosmetic benefits of the repaint. At McFall Builders, we consult with you from the very beginning to help you consider these additional areas of your home when planning a remodel and factor these costs into your budget.
Lastly, adding outdoor lighting can help you maximize the value of your renovation during nighttime hours. It may be worth the additional lighting installation cost to maximize your investment. Adding entryway or canned lighting to the home is a great way to get the most out of your investment.
How Many Disruptions Should I Expect?
Compared to indoor renovation, exterior home renovation is generally less-disruptive to your daily living. However, it’s not completely disruption-free. Replacing roofs, siding, hanging new doors, and replacing windows all make noise and create waste. Nail guns used in roofing and construction require loud air compressors. When roofing or siding removal is done, a dumpster must be placed on the property to dispose of the old materials.
McFall Builders takes great care to minimize these disruptions. Again, exterior home renovation usually carries less disruption than interior remodels because construction does not occur inside the home.
Additionally, exterior remodels usually don’t require homeowners to temporarily vacate their homes during certain project phases, as is sometimes the case for interior renovations.
How Long Should My Project Take?
Thanks to shows on HGTV, our perceptions of how long an exterior home renovation project should take are skewed. Although it’s challenging to give an exact timeline for how long a project should take, here is a general overview of how long projects take from initial consultation to completion.
- There will be an initial consultation. For an exterior remodel, it usually takes an average of 3-4 weeks to prepare a proposal and deliver a contract to the client.
- Once the client has approved the contract, the project can begin shortly after. On average, within 1-3 weeks after the contract is approved.
- Once the project work begins, it can take an average of 4-6 weeks for a renovation that involves siding and paint. For projects that involve siding, paint, and windows, it takes about 6-8 weeks. When siding, paint, windows, doors, roofing, fascia, and lighting are included; one can expect 12-14 weeks.
Again, depending on the scope of the work and the size of the home, timelines can vary.
McFall Specializes In Exterior Home Renovation
When it comes to exterior home renovation, McFall Builders has you covered! With 40 years of experience in home renovation, we are your go-to contractor in the Gainesville area. When you’re ready to get started on your exterior home renovation project or addition, McFall can help you with every step of the way! We use only the best materials and industry best practices. Contact us today to get started on your project!