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“New year, new you” is often the mantra we hear when entering a new year. But what if we changed that to “New year, new home?” Maybe not an entirely new home necessarily, but making renovations to your home in the new year can allow you to enjoy the character of your home more, and make it last for years to come.

When planning for home renovations in the new year, you want to make sure you’re making a good investment for your home. Planning for home renovations can be a huge undertaking. Between trying to set a realistic budget, knowing where to get started, and all the moving parts along with it, it can be a bit intimidating. With careful planning, you can plan realistically and within your budget, to reach your house goals. As you remodel the exterior of your home, consider how your windows, doors, and siding factor not only into the appeal of your home but the longevity of these enhancements.

1. Set a Realistic Budget

The first step when planning for any home renovation project is to estimate and research the financial commitment involved. Estimating the project costs is important to understand if it’s a good time to financially plan a new project. The type of work needed and the cost of materials are both factors to include for a realistic budget. 

Consulting with a trained professional can give you a better estimate for the project you’re planning for. At Midland Exteriors, we provide free estimates for every project you have your eyes on. You’ll receive a firm and fair quote, and we even offer no-interest financing. If the project doesn’t quite fall into your budget, consider making changes to your design plan or taking the project in pieces.

2. As Necessary, Determine the Impact on Resale Value

Sometimes your home renovation projects are truly just to improve the experience of your home. As necessary, ensure that what you are pouring into your home will add value to your home. Improving your home’s appearance should add value to the homeowner and the future value of the home. 

In addition, choosing options that make your home more energy-efficient can impact the resale value. In the interior of your home, adding LED light bulbs and a smart thermostat can make your home more cost-efficient. Also, enhancing the windows of your home by allowing for more light to enter, allows you to use the sunlight to warm your home rather than heat. Simple things such as turning off the lights and sealing air leaks within your windows also make your home more energy-efficient. 

3. Prioritize Your Home Projects

You may be planning many projects for the new year - new windows, doors, or replacing your siding. If you can tackle all projects at once, that is a great place to start. However, it’s better to prioritize your projects to make the best renovation plan. Start by making a list of the must-have features. Then from there, build on what you would like next. 

  • Do your windows need to be replaced? 
  • Is your siding leaking through? 
  • Does your front door have a good seal? 
  • Do your current doors and windows function for your needs?
  • Do you like the style and longevity of your siding? 
  • Does your space need more natural light? 
  • Are you tired of your siding looking dingy? 

Prioritizing your wants and needs with realistic expectations will allow you to improve the functionality of your current home and be an informed homeowner. Additionally, consider enhancing your home’s curb appeal by investing in a new front door, color palette, or new entry planters. Working with an experienced contractor can also give you the tools and best advice on what to prioritize for your home renovation. Not only that but you would be surprised how these renovations can provide more energy efficiency for your home in the future. 

4. Know your limits - Decide if the Project can be done DIY style or Professionally

Depending on the home renovations you have in mind, some projects don’t require professional labor, and can be done by yourself. Depending on the complexity of the project, you may be able to tackle it on your own. An easier job such as painting can be done by a couple, but window installation, window repair, or even siding replacement should be left to the professional. We all understand wanting to save money when it comes to large investment projects, but sometimes the best investment is hiring help and finding a contractor. 

You don’t know what you don’t know! As much as we all like to consider ourselves “experts”, it’s important to know your limits. Even if everything looks fine, make sure to take precautions with something as valuable as your home. This is likely the largest investment of your life, and what you have the most money invested in. As a homeowner, you want to be sure the job gets done right.  

5. Find a contractor 

Once you have set a realistic budget, prioritized your home projects, and determined you need to hire an expert,  it’s time to find a contractor you can trust. We encourage you to request bids, timelines and compare pricing between contractors. 

Don’t be afraid to request references from the previous work of the contractor either. As good contractors, they will be more than willing to provide references for the work they have completed. Keep in mind, cheaper quotes may not always be the best option for home renovation projects. Cutting corners for the quality of the product for you to receive is not worth that small sack of change you’re saving. 

With Midland Exteriors, you can be assured that the investment you are making in your home is also an investment in our team of installers. As you work with our contractors, you’ll be able to customize the type and quality of materials being used, all while receiving superior customer service. You will always feel in control of your home and the renovations taking place.