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Exterior Updating: What Changes Are Worth the Investment?

RDS_blog_exterior-updatingYou may have clients coming to you for help in updating their homes, but there are several things they need to consider when you meet with them. First is the cost, how much should they invest and what will the return be on that investment? Second is to determine what to add, subtract or freshen up: the clients want it to look different or better, but have no clue where to begin.

When planning a remodel or renovation with a client and you visit their home, you may notice things that they can do to help make the home’s renovation stand out. Creating and seeing a renovation come to fruition, but having no curb appeal can be a distraction. These updates involve the client doing some clean up that can be achieved with minimal effort and little cost; but ultimately need to be done to make your plan its best.

  •  Clean windows and gutters
  •  Pressure wash walkways
  •  Edge sidewalks
  •  Get the lawn looking great
  •  Trim trees and shrubs
  •  Planting some colorful annuals and lay fresh mulch
  •  Clean out the garage
  •  Make sure the driveway is in good shape
  •  Paint the siding and/or trim in a bolder color

The following updates will involve your assistance as a professional to complete, but the good news is that the average return on home-improvements projects was 6.7% higher than a year ago, based on the 2016 Remodeling Magazine Cost vs. Value Survey. This sure beats the inflation rate of 1.4%, and is a good conversation to have with clients.

  • Refinish, repaint or replace the front door and add new or refinished hardware
  • Replace the roofing
  • Get rid of the old aluminum or brittle vinyl and replace it with one of the new fiber cement or man made products
  • Replace old windows with new energy efficient ones
  • Suggest adding shutters to the home

Major additions such as porches are dramatic game changers. Not only do they add appeal and resale value, but they also provide additional exterior living space.

More substantial renovations will be specific to the design and style of the home. Discuss adding roof dormers and cupolas or even changing roof lines completely can make dramatic changes to their home. Be sure to provide several renderings showing the options available to them.

Now is the time to get started. Use these ideas to start a conversation with your clients so that they can be informed and make good decisions about updating their homes’ exteriors.

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