Start the new year with some solid exterior project planning to add value and beauty to your home. Whether installing new energy-efficient windows, upgrading your siding, or adding a veranda, it pays to map out your projects in detail. Follow these three tips to help streamline your project, meet your deadlines, and achieve your goals:
1. Find the Right Contractor & Supplier
Do your research to ensure you hire the right contractor and material supplier for the job. Choose a leading contractor who will keep you informed of supply updates and product availability. A reputable contractor will be honest about what can realistically be completed within your timeframe and be transparent about additional costs. Ensure you have direct access to a project manager who will help keep the project on track and within budget.
2. Plan Early & Accurately
Get in early with your exterior project planning and consider how the weather may impact your timeline. Use the Preservation Visualizer to help choose the right siding, windows, and colors for your home. Avoid slowing down your project unnecessarily by following the ‘measure twice, cut once’ method. Confirm you have accurate data, the required amount of materials, and access to the current pricing. Then, place your order with your contractor as soon as possible.
3. Break Up the Project to Fit Your Budget
If you want to complete a large-scale project in 2022, consider completing the project in stages so your budget takes less of a hit. If you plan on upgrading your windows, start with the front of the home for the most prominent visual transformation. Small-scale projects such as replacing your patio door will be less time-dependent.