Exterior Home Renovation: What Should I Expect?

December 9, 2023

First impressions are everything. Therefore, it’s no surprise that homeowners often prioritize exterior home renovation. After all, your home’s exterior is the first impression guests or potential buyers receive when entering. Exterior remodeling is one of the most effective ways to add value to your home and increase its curb appeal.

Your home’s interior could be immaculate but if your home’s exterior appearance is lacking, potential buyers might not even get out of their cars. Read on to get a robust look at 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 a hundred ways to skin a cat. We outline the McFall way of home interior remodeling. Additionally, keep in mind that there stark differences between exterior and interior home renovation. Let’s dive into the key aspects of exterior home remodeling, highlighting what to expect in the process.

The Importance of Planning and Budgeting

Like any home project, conducting proper planning and budgeting before hammering the first nail is crucial. When considering an exterior home renovation, there are different factors to weigh. Namely, you should ask yourself the following questions.

As a result, the average budget varies widely. Whether you’re simply getting your home repainted or updating everything, your budget can range anywhere from $5,000 – $150,000.

Factors to Consider

Additionally, updating your home’s exterior will suddenly make other areas look out of place. For example, when you have your house painted, older windows, doors, fascia, and gutters will look dingey and take away from the benefits of the repaint.

New windows - exterior view of a home. Exterior home remodel.

At McFall Builders, we consult with you from Day 1 to help you consider these additional areas of your home when planning a remodel and factor these costs into your budget.

Keep in mind that the most expensive components of an exterior remodel include the following.

Those areas will also pay you the most dividends in terms of your return on investment, resale value, and curb appeal.

Lastly, adding features like outdoor lighting will maximize the value of your renovation. The additional lighting installation costs might be worthwhile. Adding an entryway or canned lighting to the home is a great way to get the most out of your investment.

What Types of Disruptions Should I Expect During My Exterior Renovation?

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, and doors, and replacing windows all make noise and create waste. In no way should these disruptions discourage you from a renovation. The inconveniences are minimal while the benefits are astronomical. The following are a couple of disruptions to expect.

Man carrying construction lumber during an exterior home remodel

Noise and Waste

Nail guns used in roofing and construction require loud air compressors. Also, when roofing or siding removal is complete, a dumpster must be placed on the property to dispose of the old materials. A dumpster may be temporarily placed on your property during the demo phase of the reconstruction.

Early Morning Start Times

It’s hot in Florida throughout most of the year, so contractors often start their work earlier in the day. Don’t be surprised if carpenters arrive and begin pounding nails by 9 AM.

McFall Builders takes great care to minimize these disruptions. Again, exterior home renovation is less disruptive compared to interior remodels because construction does not occur inside the home.

Additionally, homeowners aren’t typically required to 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.

Initial Consultation

There will be an initial consultation with our team. Scheduling this consultation usually happens within the first week or two of your initial phone call.

Scope of Work Proposal

For an exterior remodel, it usually takes an average of 3-4 weeks to prepare a proposal and deliver a contract to our clients. We will meet with you to discuss the proposal and answer any questions.


Once a client has approved our contract, the project will begin shortly after. On average, within 1-3 weeks after the contract is approved.

Project Work Begins

Once the project work begins, it takes 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.

Cleaning and Final Walkthrough

Once the project is complete, we provide a thorough sweep of your lawn to pick up any potential nails or debris. Any loose ends are taken care of before the final walkthrough.

Final Considerations

Lastly, factors like weather always play a major role in exterior home renovation projects. Issues like rain may slow down progress, especially if re-roofing is involved with your project. Rain storms are frequent during the summer months here in Florida so it may be beneficial to plan your project during the cooler season.

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 here in North Florida, we are your go-to contractor in the Gainesville area. We have a remodeling and roofing division, so we’re able to take your project from concept to completion.

When you’re ready to get started on your exterior home renovation project or addition, McFall will help you every step of the way! We source only premium materials and implement industry best practices.

Reach out to us today at (352) 545-0028 to get started on your project!