Helpful Information for Pricing Your Next Exterior Remodel

You know the old saying “You never get a second chance to make a first impression” right?

Ask any realtor how this saying translates to the real estate market and their answer will probably be “Curb Appeal!” The importance of a home’s curb appeal in relation to its value is validated in Remodeling Magazine’s annual Cost vs Value report, as four of the top five returns on investment are for projects relating to a home’s exterior.

So, what does it cost to upgrade your home’s curb appeal or remodel the exterior? Calculating the cost of any remodel requires knowing first the general design, scope and size of the project and this is especially true for a home exterior remodel. Do you just want to add new doors or windows to upgrade your curb appeal or do you also want to change the architectural details of your home’s exterior? To help you get started planning your next home exterior project, the Development Team at The Cleary Company Remodel Design Build assembled the following project examples and ballpark costs. We also recommend reviewing the Cost vs Value report mentioned above for additional information on building and remodeling costs in Central Ohio.


UPSCALE – Build an Outdoor Living Space Plus Major Updates to Rear Exterior

AFTER – Upper Arlington OH – All new landscape, hardscape plus stone fireplace & cedar pergola
BEFORE – covered patio was removed to make room for new sunroom addition – rear windows were replaced with new floor to ceiling style allowing natural light to flood the interior

Example Budget $125k-175k  

Possible Scope of Work & Finishes – ESTIMATED PRICE RANGE:  $­­­­­­100k to $250+

  • Build a small addition to increase home’s square footage
  • Install new hardscape- patio w/ fireplace or firepit
  • Design-Build pergola, gazebo or shelter
  • Upgrade landscaping
  • Add new or additional lighting & other electrical
  • Replace windows & doors
  • Paint all or most of existing stucco & trim
  • Add or extend existing gas line for grill

MIDRANGE – Update Several Details of Front and/or Rear Exterior

The Cleary Company exterior home remodel photo
AFTER – All new front exterior includes porch addition – updated look added architectural interest
BEFORE – standard builder grade colonial style front exterior lacked depth and curb appeal

Example Budget $70k to $80k

Possible Scope of Work & Finishes – ESTIMATED PRICE RANGE:  $55k ­­­­to $90k+

  • Build new or extend existing front porch
  • Replace all or some windows & doors
  • Shutters – replace or paint existing or add additional new
  • Walkway – replace or upgrade existing or add all new
  • Lighting – Replace existing
  • Add architectural dimension with innovative design details
  • Siding & Trim – paint or replace existing or add new
  • Upgrade landscaping

BUDGET: Upgrade Curb Appeal by Changing 1 or 2 Details

AFTER – new front door, lighting, stoop & barrel vaulted porch roof add a dramatic focal point to our client’s home
BEFORE – Clintonville OH

Example Budget $25k to $35k

Possible Scope of Work & Finishes – ESTIMATED PRICE RANGE:  $­­­­­20k to $65k+

  • Build new porticos on front & side entrances
  • Paint existing or install new front shutters
  • Paint or replace 2 entry doors
  • New front porch light
  • Paint existing trim
  • Install new mailbox
  • Paint existing or install new house numbers
  • Update landscaping

Feeling inspired to upgrade your curb appeal? Our professional Project Development & Design Teams have the experience and creativity to help you realize the potential of your home exterior. Give us a call to get started ~ 614-459-4000

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