After numerous discussions with your partner at night, constantly thinking about it on the commute home from work, being reminded of it whenever you leave to go pick up the mail, the day has finally come: you’ve decided to go with your gut and remodel the exterior of your home. While no remodel is simple, some can get decidedly more complex than others. Perhaps you’re thinking of updating the siding on your home to something less prone to warping or cracking in this Utah weather, or maybe you’re thinking about replacing your rain gutters. Whatever it is you’ve got designs to do, there are a few cardinal rules that should be followed in order to make your home remodel easier on yourself.
If we liken remodeling your home exterior to undergoing a top-to-bottom makeover, there are some things you would do yourself and other things you would leave to an expert. For instance, you might feel comfortable experimenting with a new application of makeup, but you wouldn’t perform plastic surgery on yourself. No matter how much you’ve read up on what you’d like to do or how much experience you have helping someone else accomplish their goals, there are some things best left to experts. This dovetails into the first point on the list:
Now that you’ve made the crucial decision to hire some help, many of the trials of an exterior remodel will be mitigated simply by knowing that the experts have seen it all before. However, now the real challenging decisions lay before you, as you begin to plan just what to do in the remodel. When going over your options, remember:
Once a design plan is in place and you’re confident that what you’re changing doesn’t clash with the house as a whole, there are some practicalities to remember while living with an ongoing remodel. These may seem like a give-in, but so many families fall into these traps that it bears repeating.
The best advice we can give to people embarking on a remodeling project of any size is to be realistic about what you can accomplish, and be decisive in your actions. Once you start to see your home in a new light, you may find yourself itching to change more and more. Every major change should follow the same process that brought you to where you are today. Whether you are in the middle of a current remodel, or you have the itch to do something quickly, we have a final piece of advice for you: