We are about to have some foundation problems fixed. There is major rotting around some of the windows, especially where the brick has separated, plus major cracking in the bricks. The house is 1890 square ft and was built in 1978. We are considering taking off the brick and installing vinyl siding when we replace the windows. How much will that change the value of our house?
The brick is buff colored, not really pretty, and there are areas where it's a different color (specifically where we tore down an old chimney, put in a new woodstove, and ran the woodstove chimney through the roof.) There are places where they got mortar on the brick and just left it, and places where the former owner oversprayed the trim and got it on the brick.
Siding would definitely make it more attractive, but we are concerned about how much value we would lose as opposed to having some of the brick redone, especially since it may have to be taken off in places anyway if water has leaked at the windows.
You might want to consider painting the brick exterior. Back in popular these days.
Besides, the cost of demo, repair and siding would quite a bit more.
If you kept brick, you could:
1. tuck point the bad or cracked mortar joints ( correctly ),
2. grind off the mortar that has made it's way to unwanted areas,
3. go ahead anr replace the windows as planned,
4. then install new brick molding.
Be willing to bet this is much, much more cost effective and would better serve to get your ROI and help sell the house, if desired. You might want stay after the new look : POPS out at you !!!!!!!!!!!!!
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