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A tear down and new exterior project by IRC All Siding
Don’t forget about the importance of maintaining your home’s exterior.

When it comes to maintaining your home, the integrity of the outside is equally important as the inside. Unfortunately, many new homebuyers tend to take this for granted and devote the bulk of their attention to interior remodeling. Simply put, the exterior of a home is one of its most crucial aspects—from the roof to the foundation, the condition of the exterior determines how well-protected the interior will be from the harmful effects of weather.
One reason homebuyers are apt to disregard a house’s exterior is because they assume a cursory assessment of its outward appearance confirms the health of its condition. However, the effects of siding damage often take place beneath the surface, most often in the form of water damage or dry rot. Such problems can easily elude the untrained eye, giving homeowners a falsely positive impression of the exterior’s condition.
Since the interior of a home tends to receive the most attention, that’s where most of the money goes. However, homeowners should keep in mind that no matter how much money they spend on an interior, it’s principally a cosmetic investment. Peter Katsafouros, owner of IRC All Siding in San Francisco, puts this into perspective: “Your kitchen will look great if you spend $500,000 remodeling it, but if your house’s exterior is falling apart and the walls are rotting out, having a gorgeous kitchen doesn’t mean very much.”
A big part of the problem is that many homeowners don’t want to spend the extra money to hire a professional to inspect a home’s exterior, even if it’s for a relatively low price. If you’re a first-time buyer, it’s a better idea to spend a few hundred dollars on an inspection and ultimately walk away from the house than it is to purchase a home that, unbeknownst to you, needs $50,000 worth of siding repair. “If you’re thinking about buying a house, don’t skimp on the inspections,” says Mr. Katsafouros. “It’s a pretty small investment to ensure you know exactly what you’re buying. Repairing a damaged exterior could cost you up to $100,000, depending on the size of the home, so it’s definitely worth $200 to get a professional inspection.”