The Importance of Visualizing Exterior Renovations Before You Spend a Dime with a Contractor

Renovating your home’s exterior is a big deal. The siding itself makes up a vast surface area, and your roof, doors and windows all need to work together seamlessly to create your dream home. Planning your ideal home makeover shouldn’t be taken lightly. The key is to visualize your exterior renovations before you start making any changes or spending any money, so you don’t end up regretting your choices. 

You want to be sure that the colours, textures, materials and styles you choose will not only work together, but work to give your home the aesthetic you’re envisioning. Fortunately, envisioning your exterior renovation is easier than ever with the Gentek Visualizer tool, that allows you to easily see your house with different siding, windows, door products and colours before making a final decision. All you have to do is upload a photo of your home, and start customizing all of its design features to create your ideal exterior! It makes it easy for you to achieve the right curb appeal for your home, providing you with clarity about your decisions, and helping you plan your renovations better. 

The Importance of Uploading a Great Photo (And How to Take One)

If you want to get a really good idea of what your home will look like with new siding, windows and doors, you’re going to want to upload a really great image of your home. Make sure to take a photo on a sunny, lightly cloudy day so you don’t have to worry about dark shadows. Take the photo with the sun behind your back, because if it’s behind the house, it will end up looking washed out. 

Avoid taking photos at dawn, dusk, or night to avoid uneven lighting conditions, and take the photo straight on to prevent awkward angles. Clear unnecessary objects such as cars, flower pots and garbage cans out of the sightline so that your view is as clear as possible and upload a high quality image to get the most realistic visualization you can. 

How to Plan Financially for Your Exterior Renovation

An exterior renovation is an investment in your home. It will improve your curb appeal, enhance energy efficiency, and increase your home’s value, but it’s important to make sure you’re financially prepared before you start the work. 

Set a realistic home renovation budget, so that when you begin using the visualization tool, you know which products you can afford before you start customizing. Once you’re happy with the end results, make sure to interview contractors and get multiple quotes before settling on one. Remember, there are almost always extra, unexpected costs with a home renovation, so add a contingency fund of 10% to 20% for bigger projects such as a full exterior renovation. 

Visualizing your house with a completely new exterior isn’t easy, but with the help of the Gentek Visualizer, you can see what you’re home will look like before you spend a dime with a contractor!