The years have not been kind to your home’s exterior. It may be evident from the road, with significant fading, staining, warping, rotting, or weather damage. It may be more subtle, with minor sides of wear or dated design that no longer inspires pride. If you’re considering a complete exterior remodel, congratulations! You’re in the market for an exterior remodeler.
We’ve seen the good, the bad, and the well-meaning within our service area over the years at SmardBuild, and we’re happy to use what we know to ensure you end up with the best exterior remodeler near you.
How to find a Quality Exterior Remodeler Near You
We recommend the following approaches in combination:
- Check out national and local review sites.
- Browse the web pages for prospective remodelers whose work speaks to you.
- Ask trusted family and friends to recommend their exterior remodeler.
- Enquire about the remodeling team for any recent or new remodeling projects that catch your eye in your area.
What to Look for in an Exterior Remodeler?
A reputable exterior remodeler has:
- Glowing reviews
- Appropriate licensing and warranties
- An established relationship in your area
- A clearly-articulated process
After you’ve narrowed it down to a few top candidates, ask yourself a few questions to help you make a decision:
- How will I feel inviting this company into my yard every day?
- Do I feel comfortable communicating with this team regularly?
- Were my questions answered, and did I understand the conversation? Did that seem important to this candidate?
What Can I Expect When Remodeling my Home’s Exterior?
It helps to have a bit of vocabulary and background knowledge to communicate with a prospective remodeler about your project and understand their questions and recommendations. For example, many people use the terms restoration and renovation interchangeable, but they mean different things to a professional. A remodel is a complete redo, such as new siding and windows, whereas a renovation is much smaller in scale and restores rather than upgrades. An exterior renovation might include siding repair or fresh paint.
Elements of an Exterior Remodel
- External Doors
- Gutters and Gutter Guards
- Soffit & Fascia-The area around your gutters where the roof meets your siding
Steps For an Exterior Remodel
Here are the basic steps in our process so that you know what to expect from the process. Remember, the phone consultation is the step where you and your remodeler interview each other to assess your fit.
- Get in touch
- Phone consultation
- On-site visit
- Confirmation of project plan
- Dealing with mother nature
- Final walk-through
Timeline for an Exterior Remodel
How long does it take to remodel a house? The answer, unfortunately, is: it depends. Exterior remodels generally take about six months, depending on the scope of the project and the season.
Siding Options for Your Home
Siding is one of the most important elements of an exterior remodel. We are the top James Hardie Preferred Remodeler in the Chicago area, which means we know our way around this durable, low-maintenance, attractive product. We also work in Mastic vinyl siding if you prefer this style and price point.
How to Choose the Right Exterior Color for Your House
We love clients who seek to express their character and taste in their home’s exterior. We also enjoy and respect clients who choose a timeless design with longevity and resale value in mind. Your color choices for your home’s exterior will depend on your aim:
- Earthy blues, greens, and neutrals are increasing in popularity in recent years
- White and off-white homes sell best and carry universal appeal.
- Bold color choices like dark green or striking maroon are increasing in popularity. If you weren’t brave enough to go bold before, rest assured there’s an increasing appreciation for your style.
- Take to the internet- Let’s be honest; we don’t have to nudge you towards Pinterest too hard! Collecting color and design inspiration online is a great way to narrow down and articulate your taste when collaborating with a remodeler.
- Drive around your neighborhood for inspiration. What’s the color palette range? Are you aiming to stand out or fit in? Note that your neighborhood's history, age, and geography will influence what you see. Your home climate impacts popular exterior colors. Dark colors that fade or absorb heat don’t appear as often in sunny climates. Sadly, we don’t experience this problem in the midwest, so dark options are often on the docket.
We love showing off our work on our blog! We’re especially proud of the modern bungalow exterior remodel featured in our in-depth exploration of color in our recent blog, and the unique split-level exterior remodel in our colorful showcase here.