What is the Best Time of the Year to Remodel?
Remodeling before selling or after buying a home is great. However some months are better to start a remodel than other months. So let’s go over the four seasons and what kinds of remodeling jobs are best to do during specific times of year.
If you are a homeowner and are contemplating a small or large-scale remodel of your home, you might be thinking about putting it off until the best time of year to initiate such a herculean task. The truth is that there is no wrong time to start a remodel of your home. Still, there are certain kinds of remodels that do make most sense during specific times of year both in terms of efficiency and ease and in terms of overall cost.
Remodeling in Autumn
While the earlier part of the fall season is ideal for outdoor work because the ground is hardening up, but it is not yet so cold that it makes digging hard, that does not change the fact that this is typically the time of year when most homeowners are hoping their spring and summer projects will be finishing up. That’s primarily because people want all their summer cleaning and improving to be done before the holiday season begins.
It is also wise to keep in mind that because this is the beginning of the down months for most companies, a remodel may actually be cheaper now than it was just a few months ago. It may take a little bit longer, however, as contractors have to wait for materials to be shipped.
Remodeling in Winter
While the tough of working outside in the cold winter months is somewhat overwhelming, it is actually a good time to start on some kinds of additions. The cooler and dryer are is perfect for digging foundations and pouring concrete. Much better than trying to do an already sticky job in the muddy grounds and humid air of spring and summer.
If the foundation for your renovation is completely before the rainy months, the space can be under cover during spring rain and you’ll have less days of inactivity where no one can work on the site. On top of that, winter months are typically less busy for builders because people are waiting on their spring and summer tax refunds to start a renovation. That means, if you have the cash to pay for a remodel during winter, you might get more bang for your buck.
Remodeling in Spring
Spring marks the busiest times for most buildings, so it’s most likely the time of year where you will be spending the most amount of money for workers and the material they use. You might not like it, but it’s just supply and demand!
Spring is known as home building season, not just because homeowners are gathering the money to finance their projects, but also because it’s the time of year where much of the country is coming out of a long cold winter and is looking to make improvements both inside and outside their home.
Renovations and add-ons such as decks, patios, sunrooms, and outdoor rooms are good to plan for this time of the year. The reason for that is because these kinds of jobs will require digging outside of the house’s foundation and that is easier when the ground is softer as it is in spring. On top of that, you will get to enjoy the deck for the spring, summer, and fall once it is completed and won’t have to worry about winter-proofing it right away. Also you could have you home ready for a top home selling month in January.
Remodeling in Summer
Finally, when it is hot, humid, and wet outside during the summer months in much of the United States, it is wisest to head indoors and tackle those interiors remodeling jobs such as bathroom, bedroom, kitchen, or basement renovations. Another kind of job that is common in the summer and may surprise you, however, is roofing jobs. The reason why roofing projects are sometimes reserved for the year’s hottest months is because some roofing material needs certain higher temperatures to seal correctly.
While you may be worried about the worker’s well-being while doing jobs such as these, have no fear. Companies are more than equipped to handle these heavy-duty tasks and will only allow their workers to do the job if it is safe.
Best time of year to remodel your home
Another thing to keep in mind during the summer is that if you plan on going on long vacations, or have a second home that you spend much of your summer at, it could be a perfect time to renovate your primary household. While it is sometimes nice to see the transformation take place and have more of a handle of what’s going on with your renovation on a day-to-day basis, taking advantage of already being out of the workers’ way can be a good way to go. Just know that you have a team and company that you can trust to stay on task and on schedule with your renovation while you are away.