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View Exterior Home Steps

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Use this 6-Step Home Remodeling "Quick Guide" to review the exterior home makeover process. It assembles information you need and outlines it a step-by-step view.

Step 1: Analyze the Numbers

Before you start anything on your exterior home, run some financial numbers to determine whether your project is a smart investment.

The numbers include the estimated costs, home value assessment, financing costs, and other related calculations.

Review cost-related issues to exterior home makeover vs. buying a new home.

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link to notes: analyze the numbers
estimate the cost of your project
get your home value


Step 2: Collect Ideas

Your 2nd step for exterior home makeover is deciding what you would like to do and collecting ideas.

This includes reviewing -

  • exterior home pics,
  • exterior home ideas,
  • porch ideas n' pics
  • architectural plans,
  • floor layouts,
  • home gallery,
  • exterior home company information,
  • exterior home shopping and more.

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Step 3: Plan the Needed Specs

Step 3 is sketching your ideas on paper (or digitally) and developing the spec plan.

The spec plan determines what type of materials and design considerations that will be needed. It will also contain the product specifications for each remodeling element for exterior home, columns, porch, other.

You will use the spec plan and architectural design to bid the project out to a contractor.

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Step 4: Find a Contractor

Step 4 is finding and negotiating the contract with an exterior home contractor.

Give your remodeling ideas and specs to a contractor for review and bid analysis.

Use the local network (aligned with HomeAdvisor) to find the right contractor for your project.

Review guides for contractor selection and negotiation.

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Step 5: Financing Your Project

Step 5 is arranging financing once you select the contractor and finalize the contract for your project.

Using the equity value in your home is one of the best financing option for exterior home. Start with a home equity line of credit or a bank equity program.

Other options may include cash-out refinancing, personal savings, and/or financing from home improvement contractors.

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Step 6: Manage the Project

Step 6 is where the project begins.

It starts with setting up the work area, removing everything that needs to be replaced, installing porch and columns if needed, putting in the final touches, etc.

It also means working with the contractor, managing the project, and getting the remodeling project inspected before releasing any funds.

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working with the contractor
managing the home remodeling project
about a home project inspections
find home inspector

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View Exterior Home Ideas

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The 2nd step for your exterior home makeover is deciding what you would like to do. This includes reviewing exterior home ideas, architectural styles, home pics and more.

View A: Ext Home Photo Remodeling

Our collection of photo remodeling ideas for the exterior home.

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exterior home decor
porch systems


View B: House Plans

An excellent resource for remodeling trends is to view house plans from leading architects.

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house plans
more house plans
architectural styles


View C: Gallery

View our selected gallery for exterior home.

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gallery: what kind of porch
gallery: stone facade gallery


View D: Room-by-Room Shopping

You can get remodeling ideas by shopping every part of your exterior home. Compare products among multiple merchants.


View E: Home Improvement Directory

Finally, view this indexed directory to product information from manufacturers and retail operations.

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search: exterior home entry
search: exterior doors & windows


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Exterior Home Planning

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Your exterior home design will require planning and specs for porch entry, driveway design, home and roof decor, foundation and more...

Home Remodeling Step Planning

// Remodeling Support Guides
Analyzing the Numbers
Budget Planning
FREE: Spec Budgeting Worksheet
About Spec Planning
FREE: Spec Planning Sheet
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Like many objects that spend time outdoors, the exterior of your home can begin to show signs of wear after a while. Harsh rain and the sun’s heat can cause peeling and fading of the vibrant color with which your home began.

Stay Tuned for Our Future Exterior Home Posts!

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Designing the Exterior Home

The home exterior is probably not the top home remodeling priority - considering what's might be needed on the inside. But having nice home exterior decor can make your home stand out - and add to the overall value.

So let's begin with this step-by-step guide after you review the exterior home ideas and topics above. This step plan will help plan and manage your home exterior plan.