The idea of remodeling the exterior of your home might seem out of reach, but it’s much closer than you might think in terms of budget. Adding value to your home, especially if you plan to put it on the market in the near future, can be done in various ways.
One of those ways is by remodeling the exterior of the property. This is part of curb appeal, which helps people who see your home from the street realize how special it truly is. Today, the team from RJ Turner Remodeling explores what it would cost for an exterior home remodel in North Carolina.
Improve the Porch
If your home has a porch, take advantage of it. There’s nothing quite like having a welcoming porch on which to sit during the most beautiful days that North Carolina has to offer. No exterior home remodel is complete without improving the porch. There’s a lot you can do to improve the porch and the cost varies based on what you decide to do. Some of the repair ideas for a porch include:
• Replacing or repairing a couple of concrete steps: $1,000
• Pouring new concrete steps: $300 per step
• Constructing a brand-new covered 200-square-foot porch: $10,000
• Repairing rotted wood: $1,300
• Repairing a 10-foot wooden railing: $300-$400
• Installing a brand-new wrought iron railing: $50-$120 per linear foot
Breathe Fresh Air Into the Front Door
The front door says a lot about your home. Is it torn and tattered? Has the original paint faded? Does it have shoe marks on the bottom of your kids? Either way, it’s time to breathe some fresh air into the front door. The appearance of the front door ties into curb appeal and should always be part of an exterior home remodel.
You can either have the door painted with a fresh coat of paint or a new color. Or, you can have the door replaced with something brand new, which could cost upwards of $1,200 depending on the options you choose.
New Windows and Shutters Add Value
Installing new windows and shutters on the exterior of your North Carolina home during an exterior home remodel will do wonders for the overall appearance of your home. The aesthetic of the home will take a major hit if the windows are broken or worn. Depending on the age of the windows, it is more often than not a better idea to replace them instead of repairing them. Older windows have issues with warping and drafts.
A new window will run you anywhere from $100 to $650 per window plus $100 to $300 per window for labor. However, the best windows out there are made to last up to 20 years and will help reduce your utility costs. Adding shutters to your windows will cost you anywhere from $622 to $1,200 per pair of shutters.
Add a New Roof
Not only does a new roof prevent leaks into the top floor of your home, but it also improves your curb appeal when undergoing an exterior home remodel. If you know that the roof is closing in on its replacement time, do it sooner rather than later. If you have experienced a leak, make the replacement or repairs immediately.
A new roof is a high up-front cost that averages between $5,000 and $10,000 depending on the type of shingles you choose and the cost of labor. A new roof can be installed within a couple of days and this includes the removal of the old roof.
Change the Siding
The siding on a home can change its aesthetics in an instant. You can either have the siding painted, which could run you around $3,000 depending on the size of the home. Or, if the new paint is not what you are looking for, it’s time to find new siding. The siding prices vary based on material and include the following:
• $400 to $800 for 200 feet of vinyl siding
• $600 to $1,200 for 200 feet of aluminum siding
• $800 to $1,400 for 200 feet of fiber cement
• $600 to $4,000 for 200 feet of stone or brick veneer
• $600 to $2,400 for 200 feet of wood siding
• $600 to $2,200 for 200 feet of stucco
Not every home will look good with siding. Not every home will look good with stucco, brick, or stone. You need to consult with an experienced contractor who can guide you through the process of an exterior home remodel to determine which option will look best on your North Carolina home.
Update the Landscaping
You can install new windows, add shutters, change the siding, put on a new roof, and change the color of the front door and all of this will be for naught if the landscaping of the property is lackluster. Dead grass, high weeds, old mulch, overgrown shrubs, and patches of dirt will kill your curb appeal instantly even with all of the upgrades you’ve made in an exterior home remodel. There are different levels of landscape renovation you can go with and they include the following:
• Basic: $4 to $6 per square foot
• Intermediate: $6 to $10 per square foot (landscape curbing, flower beds, raised gardens, etc)
• Full remodel: $10 to $40 per square foot (new sod, trees, plants, structures, walkways, etc)
Set a Budget
Now that you’ve seen the various costs for an exterior home remodel, you can begin to work on your budget. This is an investment in the value of your home, so don’t short yourself on what you should spend. However, if you don’t have a budget to get the project done correctly, you should put the project on hold. The right budget will make the project well worth completing. Try to stick to the budget as much as possible by outlining how much you are willing to spend for each exterior category: roof, windows, doors, porch, siding, landscaping, etc.
The next step in planning an exterior home remodel is researching the materials you will purchase. Do you want to keep the exterior color of the home the same as it is right now and just give it an update? Or, do you want to change the color? This is an important decision to make because you will either need to buy paint for fresh coats on the shutters and siding or buy completely new shutters and siding.
Do your research when it comes to buying new windows and doors. Ask for help from RJ Turner Remodeling. Our experienced team can recommend various options from which you can choose so that you make the right choice. You should check for any outstanding recalls on items before making purchases so that you are not having to return the doors or windows before installation.
Does your home need an exterior home remodel? Are you ready to build a budget for the project? If so, it’s time to speak with the experienced and trusted team at RJ Turner Remodeling. Call us today or schedule your consultation. We will visit your home to obtain your ideas and visions, take pictures, take measurements, and help you build a plan for your remodel.