3 Biggest Mistakes When Planning an Exterior Renovation

  1. Falling for the gimmicks- in remodeling, you often get what you pay for. Those advertisements for buy one, get one free windows or half price siding seem too good to be true, and they are. They are the same tactics that have been used since the dawn of advertising - a gimmick to get the salesperson in front of you. That salesperson will try to upsell you. And they may have an hours long sales pitch - do some research ahead of time, and be familiar with the type of materials you would like quoted.
  1. You try to DIY - look, we love the DIY spirit! But the exterior of your home functions as an entire system that battles the elements to keep you safe and warm inside. Unless you are an expert or a retired window installer, exterior renovations like siding or windows on your house and pavers, decks and concrete on your lot, are best left to the experts.
  1. You choose materials that don’t compliment the neighborhood - there is no faster way to lose friends than to complete a renovation that makes your house stick out like a sore thumb. There are so many options for materials now, that there really isn’t an excuse for this. You can definitely find the perfect thing for both your modern tastes, and the overall vibe of the neighborhood. If you struggle with this - hire a designer to consult with you - we promise, you’ll be glad you did!

An exterior renovation is no small undertaking, and the items outlined here are just a few examples of the foresight and planning required in executing such a project.  Proper budgeting for this scale of project is also incredibly important, and if you’re starting to feel a little in over your head, don’t sweat it! Keep reading, and we will tell you the number one most costly mistake homeowners make when budgeting for an exterior renovation

Most Costly Mistake When Budgeting for An Exterior Renovation

The biggest mistake that homeowners make when budgeting for an exterior renovation is not setting aside contingency money.  An exterior renovation can be a vast scope of work that touches almost every aesthetic and mechanical component of your home.  This means an exterior renovation may interact with multiple systems within your house (structural, electrical, hvac, ect) and require the contribution of multiple contractors to complete.  Every home contains at least one unique challenge that you won’t be aware of until you open up the walls and start renovating. So how do you plan for what you don’t know? By setting aside 15% for contingency, per item.  This is how you can ensure that you don’t go over budget, and that you complete your renovation on schedule.

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Adam's Helpful Hint:

The design is one of the most important parts of a major remodeling project. Your contractor should have the ability to generate a rendering of your finished project, to give you a good visual representation of what you are buying.

Adam Helfman

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