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02.3 - what to know about exterior house remodeling

Exterior Home Remodeling Tips for Beginners

Even though it could seem scary, exterior repair is definitely worth the effort, especially if this is your first large restoration project. External improvements may significantly improve your home’s beauty, safeguard it from harm, reduce your energy costs, and increase the value of your property.

When you start the process, you could have many questions: How do I even begin? What should I budget for each project? What is the best order to finish each part of the renovation?

Jersey City Remodelers has developed a straightforward, step-by-step process to assist you in approaching your next refurbishment with assurance.

1. Develop An Outside Makeover Strategy – Why? What? How?

Choose the outdoor renovation services you wish to have performed as a starting point. Have an idea of why you want to modify the exterior of your home, the remodeling services you want to hire, and the final look you desire for your property.

Typical justifications for an external makeover include:

  • Required upkeep/repair
  • Expansion is planned.
  • Enhancing curb appeal by modernizing the look
  • Boosting resale value

While developing your approach, decide on your priorities. Determine what you need versus what you want. What is a must-have right now, what is a nice-to-have, and what is a fantasy service that may be introduced later? Be specific about what you want and how you want it done to budget wisely.

Set a Budget: If you do not adequately budget for your approach, you may discover that your expenses are far more than intended, or you may not get the value you expected.

When determining your budget, consider the vision and objectives of what service you want to do for your property, the project duration, and what you want in a contractor.

A complete outside renovation might cost between $20K and $100K. Four primary elements determine the cost of a renovation:

  • Deposits and fees for contractors
  • Costs of materials and transportation
  • Labor charges
  • expenses related to unanticipated project requirements

Spend some time talking with your potential contractors about each of these elements. They must be forthright and truthful about their objectives and any previous knowledge of these financial requirements. To clarify the scope of the job, determine the budget range, and ensure you get the most for your money, we suggest receiving quotes from three or four neighboring, insured, licensed contractors. You may start creating your budget thanks to this.

Bonus Tip: Look for exterior renovation companies that provide carpentry, roofing, siding, gutters, and windows, as well as other services. Businesses offering only one or two services, such as window installers or roofing-only companies, will need extra planning, paperwork, contracts, and payment schedules. Select a contractor that offers all the services you need since they can approach your project more comprehensively, helping you stay on top of the details.

2. Find a Contractor You Can Trust

Reliability is crucial when selecting the best contractor for your outside improvement job.

We’ve developed a list of important things to think about.

When choosing a contractor:


Your contractor should have many years of experience, with images and favorable evaluations to support their claims. Also, be sure that the contractor you’re considering has specialized expertise with the job or service you want accomplished.


Don’t base your decision just on the cost of the estimate; a lower price usually equals worse-quality work, which may need more money for repairs later on. A good contractor will consider the labor, materials, and insurance when putting up an estimate.


Word of mouth, recommendations from local supply suppliers, and homeowner-to-homeowner review sites like Angie’s List, Yelp, or Google will provide the most important feedback. Keep in mind as you browse these websites that even the most well-known companies may have unfavorable comments. Instead of pursuing flawless scores, consider the overall impression of each company’s evaluations.


The most important feedback will come through word of mouth, recommendations from local supply suppliers, and homeowner-to-homeowner review sites like Angie’s List, Yelp, or Google. While reading these websites, remember that even the most well-known companies may have unfavorable reviews. Instead of pursuing flawless scores, consider the overall impression of each company’s evaluations.

Communication and Connection

Your contractor should communicate effectively with you, answer your calls, provide you with any required information and documentation, assist you in understanding the scope of the job, and make you feel important. If you have a negative gut feeling about someone, don’t employ them. Hire a contractor with someone you feel comfortable conversing with, conducting business, and allowing to work on your house.

3. Know Your Order of Operations

Always prioritize your most vital tasks and repairs. Major renovations may alter the requirements for lesser charges, but proper repairs may protect you and your home from further damage during future upgrades.

Following your primary and urgent tasks, your outside makeover will typically go as follows:

  • Roof and gutters
  • Windows
  • Siding
  • Soffit and fascia

A comprehensive exterior restoration is no easy work, However, when done properly, it may significantly increase the beauty, usefulness, and value of your house.

Jersey City Remodelers in Jersey City NJ has undertaken the following exterior renovations:

Need more help with your outdoor remodel? Call us, we’re happy to help!