If you’re like many homeowners, you likely have an idea or two for some improvements that could or, in some cases, need to be done around the house. While exterior renovations can offer countless benefits for your home, the process can come with a lot of unknowns. In this guide, we’ll go over some tips for preparing for your home makeover, along with some of the top projects out there that can provide the best return on your investment.
Preparing for a Home Exterior Makeover
Once you’ve decided what kind of project you’re going to tackle, there are a few key steps you need to take to prepare for your home’s upcoming exterior makeover. Like any project, failing to plan can mean you’re planning to fail, so take the extra time to sort out the details and ensure that your end result will be a job well done!
Plan in Advance and Set a Budget
Exterior home remodel projects can vary significantly in terms of scale, scope, and cost, depending on the project you have in mind. However, whether you’re planning a simpler job like repainting your siding or a more comprehensive project like a roof replacement or new window installations, it’s always a good idea to chart out a plan with a clear vision for the work you have in mind.
Consider variables like the time of year, how long the project is estimated to take, what kind of impact it will have on you and your family while it’s in progress. One of the most critical elements of a good plan is a well-defined and realistic budget. Do some research and get quotes from multiple local contractors to determine if the remodels you have in mind are within your means, and make sure to budget some extra cash in case something goes awry along the way.
Find a Trustworthy Contractor for Remodeling
Some kinds of exterior remodeling projects can be DIY jobs, but for most of them, you’ll be far better off working with an experienced, licensed, and certified local contractor. A trustworthy contractor has access to the training, tools, and knowledge they need to make the process more cost-effective and efficient than it would be if you were to do it on your own, and the experience they bring to the table can help you avoid some of the common pitfalls that stymie most DIYers. Again, do your research! There is no harm in asking for a quote; most contractors provide free estimates and are happy to offer their advice on your particular project. When the time comes to choose who to work with, ensure that your choice has the proper certifications, training, and experience for the job, and take the time to read reviews from past clients.
What are Some Aspects of Remodeling Home Exteriors?
Exterior remodeling projects can range from small repair jobs or a quick coat of fresh paint to projects that can have a big impact, like roof or siding replacements. While your specific project will vary according to your home’s needs, your long-term plans, and your vision for your property, there are a few common aspects of home exterior remodeling that nearly every homeowner deals with – or at least considers – over the years.
Homeowners looking to completely refresh or modernize the look of their home usually gravitate towards updating their siding – a process that offers several benefits in addition to a new appearance. It’s true that new siding can often have a dramatic impact on a home’s curb appeal, but a siding replacement on an older home can improve the building’s energy efficiency, keep pests and insects out more effectively, and can prevent costly problems like mold and wood rot from developing on the home’s frame. Modern solutions like fiber cement siding are durable, last for decades, are eco-friendly, and offer one of the highest returns for a homeowner’s investment as far as exterior remodeling projects are concerned.
New Exterior Paint Job
Painting the exterior of your home becomes necessary when you have a type of siding that requires paint and you start to notice signs of aging on the existing paint. A fresh coat of paint not only protects the exterior of the home but also enhances its appearance. In certain cases, the only areas that need painting are the wooden sections along the rakes and eaves, which are often overlooked due to their elevated position and being out of the normal line of sight. However, these areas are essential for maintaining the overall condition of the house.
Roofing Repairs or Replacement
Roofing work, like other aspects of exterior home renovations, can range from simple work like minor damage repair all the way up to a complete roof replacement. On the “easier” side of the spectrum, roof repair work is common and relatively inexpensive, depending on the extent of the repairs. Every year, millions of homeowners across the United States find themselves repairing or replacing damaged shingles, tiles, or gutter sections. If, on the other hand, you’re considering a new roof entirely (because your current roof is aged out, damaged beyond simple repair, or you’re looking to upgrade and modernize), you have countless options at your fingertips. A new roof is an opportunity to upgrade your home’s style, energy efficiency, and resale value all at once!
Gutters, Soffit, and Fascia Updates
In addition to projects designed around your roof’s shingles, deck, and framing, exterior remodels are an excellent opportunity to touch on the supporting elements of your roof that help it keep the elements out and away from your home. If your gutters are worn down, rusted, or damaged, consider replacing them to ensure water continues to be carried away from your home’s foundation during the rainy months. It’s also a good idea to get soffits and fascia examined to ensure they’re properly sealed, weather-proofed, and in good condition.
New Window and Door Installation
Like new siding, new windows and doors can immediately impact your home’s overall curb appeal and resale value, but the return on investment doesn’t end there. Older windows and doors are likely to be less energy efficient than newer models, both due to improvements in designs and material and the fact that, as your home ages, the seals around these entrances naturally wear down and become less effective. Upgrading your home with new windows and doors can revitalize its style, increase the natural light that gets into your home, and save you money on your electric bill year after year.
Cost Factors of Home Exterior Remodels
The sheer amount of variety in scope, style, and design available for the typical home exterior remodel makes a “one-size-fits-all” approach to pricing unrealistic. Instead, when you’re planning out your budget, it’s best to look at a range of prices that fits what you have in mind for the finished product. For example, there is a substantial difference in cost between some types of roofing or siding materials – even though the amount of material being replaced is the same, this difference can dramatically affect the final price. In order to zero in on a cost range for your project, the two primary factors you should consider are the size of the project (in this case, your home) and the type of material you’re working with.
Types of Materials
The type of materials you want installed or replaced can potentially have the most significant impact on the cost of your home exterior projects. For example, vinyl siding costs roughly $5 to $8 per square foot of material, while fiber cement siding can run anywhere from $9 to $15. This may seem like a small gap initially, but it can add up to more than a $6,000 difference between the two on a typical home!
This siding example can apply to all kinds of other projects, like roofing replacements, landscaping, and more. However, another thing to consider is the back cost of installing cheaper materials; they can have a smaller effect on your home’s curb appeal and resale value, require more maintenance, and need replacing sooner than their more expensive alternatives – all of which can result in the cheaper option ending up costing more over time.
Size of Your House
Many kinds of remodeling projects are priced based on the total square footage, so the size of your home or outdoor space is the other significant factor that plays into your total pricing estimate. If you have a smaller home with fewer windows and doors, the average cost to replace them will inevitably be lower (which, if your budget allows, can enable you to upgrade to a higher-tier replacement). The same principle applies to roofing, siding, landscaping, and painting. A quick online search can help you identify basic material costs per square foot, so if you know the size of the area you’re planning to remodel, it should be possible to calculate a rough cost for material – not including labor.
How Much Does an Exterior Remodel Cost in Omaha?
While the final costs will ultimately depend on the project, there are a few general prices for some of the most common home renovations. Note that these estimates are average cost estimates based on standard installations.
- Repainting = $3-$4 per square foot
- New Roof Installation:
O Asphalt Shingles = $4-$8 per square foot
O Metal Roofing = $8-$14 per square foot
O Slate Roofing = $8-$14 per square foot
- New Siding:
O Vinyl = $5-$8 per square foot
O Fiber Cement = $9-$15 per square foot
O Brick = $5-$15 per square foot
O Natural Stone = $30-$50 per square foot
- New Front Doors = $21000-$10,000
For more information about the estimated costs for your upcoming project, contact our experienced team at Tevelde and Co. for a more detailed and accurate estimate.
Benefits of a Home Exterior Remodel
While committing to an exterior renovation project is certainly an investment, the vast majority of homeowners see returns that make that investment more than worth their while! Besides offering the opportunity to recreate your home exactly how you want it, home renovations provide several additional benefits.
Boost Your Home’s Value and Curb Appeal
One of the most noticeable benefits of a home improvement project is the increase to curb appeal and, consequently, the home’s value. One of the first impressions potential buyers receive of a property comes from the home’s exterior, so improvements like new or repainted siding, new windows and doors, renovated exterior lighting, and even add-ons like outdoor living spaces can give your home a boost on the real estate market.
Added Energy Efficiency
Modern materials and designs for roofing, siding, doors, and windows have dramatically improved their ability to retain a home’s climate-controlled air in and keep outside air out, improving overall energy efficiency and lowering monthly energy bills. Crunching the numbers reveals that, for many homeowners, the short-term investment in these upgrades ultimately ends up saving them money over time!
Ensure Your Home’s Safety and Security
The same upgrades that boost your home’s curb appeal and energy efficiency can also increase aspects of your home’s safety and security. Older or improperly installed materials can cause fire hazards, structural concerns, and other safety hazards – all issues that can be mitigated with a professional remodel.
Reduced Maintenance Over Time
With advances in material, design, and construction methods, upgrades made today are lasting far longer on average than their counterparts from past decades. In the long run, the increases in durability and longevity offered by these materials can save homeowners time and expensive maintenance costs. Instead of fixing the same damaged section of siding every spring and fall, investing in a new, longer-lasting upgrade is a no-brainer.
Tevelde and Co. Provides Trusted Home Exterior Services
For more than a decade, Tevelde and Co. has been providing top-rated and trusted home exterior remodeling services for homes of every shape, size, and style. Our experience and expertise in every aspect of a home’s exterior can help bring whatever kind of remodeling project you’ve been dreaming of to life. From minor repairs to complete replacements or installations, Tevelde and Co. is trusted throughout Omaha to get the job done right with industry-leading practices, top-notch customer service, and undeniable results.
Expertise with Siding, Windows, Roofing, and More
Our top team of experts has decades of combined experience repairing, installing, and replacing every element found on the outside of your home. From every style of roofing and siding to countless types of doors, windows, and more, our comprehensive services are here to make your vision a reality.
Helping Homeowners in Omaha Since 2013
For more than ten years, Tevelde and Co. has been helping homeowners throughout Omaha with all of their home exterior needs. In all that time, we’ve developed a trusted and proven name as the area’s top-rated home exteriors contractor, and we believe the results speak for themselves.
Professional Endorsements from Top Brands
Our expertise and top-quality work have earned us the confidence and recommendations of top brands in the home exteriors industry; from James Hardie to the BBB and beyond, Tevelde and Co. has developed a reputation you can trust!
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When you’re planning out your next home project, don’t hesitate to contact the experts at Tevelde and Co. for a free consultation. We’ll work with you to understand where you are, chart out where you want to go and develop a plan to get you there.