Posts Tagged ‘Remodeling’

Add Curb Appeal with Vinyl Siding

Your old home looks like the worst home in the neighborhood. You’ve just recently finished a DIY home remodeling project inside and are ready to give your house some curb appeal on the outside, but what to do? Adding vinyl siding to an old home is probably one of the most cost effective and quickest way to give your home and a brand new look. Old Siding and SoffitThe cost to remodel your homes siding is relatively cheap compared to the paybacks you can attain when selling your home.

If you’ve spent the entire winter inside remodeling your home it’s time to get outside and think of the exterior. There are many different types of home vinyl siding available that will give your home a cosmetic facelift. Vinyl siding comes in many styles and colors to choose from. I reccomend going to a specialty store that deals predominantly in home vinyl siding. This type of store will have the most selection and qualified people available to help you in your decisions. The big box stores generally only carry a couple different styles and colors. Don’t limit your project to a couple colors. Try and stand out from the neighbors – this is what will set your home apart and possibly add more curb appeal value for your vinyl siding installation.

Remodeling the siding of your home with vinyl siding is quick since in most cases you can apply new vinyl siding directly over the existing siding. If in your case it is neccesary to remove the existing siding then I would reccomend getting a dumpster dropped in your driveway. Removing old siding adds up to a huge mess. My DIY home remodeling project turned out to have two layers of siding which led me to opt to remove both layers before installing new vinyl siding.

Permits typically aren’t needed to remodel the siding on your home, but I would check with your local zoning board before doing so. It’s better avoid conflicts in the middle of a job.

The finished vinyl siding product is going to not only add curb appeal but will protect your investment from the elements as well. Installing vinyl siding is worth the effort in my opinion. The application goes on really fast and you will be able to see your results immediately. Your neighbors will as well.

1 comment - What do you think?  Posted by muellerd - April 24, 2011 at 8:24 AM

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Home Remodeling Help

Back when I started my home remodeling project, I knew I was in for a huge challenge. The shear thought of accomplishing all the repairs and updates by myself was a discouraging thought. Luckily a friend of mine had a similar home improvement project he was working on.

With the two home remodeling projects that we had going, we decided to put our heads together and help each other out. Each of us made a list of our remodeling projects and we then worked out a plan to complete them.
The Home Improvement Help Club has been working since summer 2006.  The Home Improvement Club has worked well and we all enjoy it. Working together actually makes projects fun and go a lot faster. The fact that I give up one night a week is minimal. I got used to one night a week shortly after we started and look forward to having some home remodeling help every week.

Our Home Remodeling Club basically consists of three people (on a regular basis).
The club meets once a week usually at 5:00 PM and alternates every week between the three houses. Most often we plan a night to work that is convenient for all. Generally our work night options are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. By having three different nights as options we usually find a suitable night to do remodeling work for each person involved.
By having two or more people working on a home remodeling project you essentially reduce your labor time by half. But more importantly, having a buddy there to help is a huge inspiration to get the job done. Having a buddy help with home improvement is a huge relief to the stress of “Do it Yourself” type work. Your buddy can provide a different opinion or different suggestions with certain home remodeling questions you may encounter and also offer support when you might have doubts. Additionally, the fact that another person may have the tool required for a specific job is a huge help. Within the Home Improvement Help Club, my buddies and I were able to share many tools throughout our remodeling projects which kept our home improvement cost down.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by muellerd - March 16, 2011 at 9:43 PM

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