Paint first, then landscaping? Or the other way round? If you’re updating the exterior of your home, you might be wondering about the order of trades – who should do what, when. Here’s a handy guide to help you plan your renovations in a way that makes the most sense for your home:

1st – Structural work: If your home requires any structural work, such as foundation repairs or adding a new entrance portico, this should be your top priority. Structural work is typically more involved and expensive than other renovations, so it’s important to get it out of the way first.

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2nd – Roof: If your roof is in poor condition or nearing the end of its lifespan, it’s a good idea to replace it before tackling other renovations.

3rd – Windows and doors: If your windows or doors are ugly or in bad condition, replacing them can greatly improve the look of your home. Depending on your home, this step might be done at the same time as the Cladding/wall treatments mentioned below.

4th – Cladding/walls: If your walls are damaged or outdated, these should be your next priority. If you have a two story home, combine all projects that require scaffolding to minimise costs and disruptions.

5th – Lighting: If you’re planning to do any lighting updates, do these after you’ve completed other renovations so that you don’t have to worry about working around scaffolding or other equipment.

6th – Driveway and/or paths and Fences: If fences and driveway/paths are in disrepair or don’t match the style of your home, replacing or updating them can be a smart move.

7th – Painting: Once you’ve completed the other renovations (and all the dust and dirt has settled!), give your home a fresh coat of paint. This will help tie everything together and give your home a polished, cohesive look.

8th – Landscaping: If you’re planning to do any landscaping, it’s best to wait until after you’ve completed other renovations so that you don’t have to worry about damaging your new plants or hardscapes.

Before working out the order of trades, you’ll need to know WHICH trades you’ll need. And before that? You’ll need all the colours and renovation details for your exterior home make-over,. That’s where Hotspace Consultants can help. If you’d like to see how, you can get in touch with me here…

Jane Eyles-Bennett