Nassau County Homeowners are expected to spend approximately $300 billion on home improvements in 2011! There are a myriad of home improvement choices, as examples: kitchen/bath upgrades, general interior remodeling, landscaping and exterior remodeling. This pamphlet, while applicable to all of the choices, is focused toward the latter. One of the best home improvement projects you can invest in is the "curb appeal" of your home by the replacement of exterior components such as windows, doors, siding and associated accessories. There are many other considerations when upgrading/remodeling the exterior of your home.
Remodeling Magazine regularly publishes a home improvement Cost Versus Value Report where many improvement categories are ranked relative to cost recoup if the home was sold within 1-year of completing the upgrade. Repeatedly, upscale siding, upscale siding and steel entry doors usually lead the pack in terms of value.
There are many factors to consider when defining your home improvement project. Above all, the materials used and the installation should be of top quality so as to last and perform for many years. With wide life-expectancies ranging from 15 to 50 years (and possibly longer for upscale materials and professional installation), you will live for a long time with whatever choices you make – right or wrong.
The right selection will reduce energy and maintenance costs while at the same time keep you comfortable and secure. Your home will have great "curb appeal". On the other hand, the wrong selections, while they may reduce energy consumption to a degree, may not be as energy efficient and their performance will likely degrade with time – requiring maintenance and/or replacement.
Hiring a knowledgeable and professional Nassau County designer/installer will help ensure that you will make the right selections. The right contractor will offer the best products at the right price. He will have many references, be a member in good standing with the Better Business Bureau, he will have membership in trade associations, and he will have many recognition awards to his credit. He will participate in community activities. With those credentials, you will have a contractor in which you can rely.
A Nassau County professional contractor can assist you in allocating your budget efficiently and he will be aware of unknown factors that you may have overlooked. He will help define the total job and his service will span the entire product lifetime from installation through long-term performance. He will insure that all facets of the job are coordinated efficiently and that the job gets completed to your satisfaction.
This is a good time to visit the showrooms of your local home improvement companies or have a representative visit you at your home. Talk with relatives, friends, coworkers, and acquaintances that may have experience with home improvements. Inquire from them: who would they recommend or who would they avoid. Check with the local Better Business Bureau and other home improvement rating organizations such as Angie"s List.
Parts 2, 3, and 4 of this series will discuss common mistakes homeowners make when they decide to remodel the exterior of their home. By avoiding these mistakes, the entire exterior residential improvement process can be a painless, actually enjoyable, stress-free experience.