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Approaching your home and saying …


  • Coming home from work one evening and approaching your home – what do you have to say?
  • Does it look nice with kept-up features – or does it look a bit disappointing and aged?
  • Well maybe this summer you could make an exterior home renovation.
  • Paint or re-do the siding – replace the roof – put in a new driveway – replace the shutters and trim – color-up the home entry door – add some front-line landscaping.
  • There a number of things you can do to spruce up the curb appeal – so when you come home after work, you can say that home looks nice.
  • Use the step-by-step below to get the process going.
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Use this 6-Step Home Remodeling “Quick Guide” to review the exterior home makeover process. It assembles information you may need and outlines it a step-by-step review with references.

Step 1: Analyze the Numbers

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

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

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

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estimate the cost of your project
get your home value


Step 2: Collect Ideas

The 2nd step for planning a summer exterior home renovation is deciding what you would like to do.

Will it be –

  • redesigning the home entry,
  • replacing the roof and/or siding,
  • adding exterior home trim,
  • installing new windows,
  • fixing up the exterior structures,
  • landscaping the front area,
  • or something else.

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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 exterior home materials and design considerations that will be needed. It will also contain the product specifications for each exterior home element.

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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search exterior home contractors
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contractor evaluation form


Step 5: Financing Your Project

Step 5 is arranging financing once you selected the contractor and finalized the contract for your project.

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

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

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getting qualified for financing
negotiate rates


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 new materials if needed, putting in the final touches, etc.

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

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