Renovations can be enjoyable or inconvenient. However, if you choose the correct time of year to undertake your renovations, you’ll find that things flow much more smoothly. Did you realize that seasonality in home improvement can save (or cost) you a lot of money? If you want to get the most bang for your buck, consider the following when planning your next remodeling project:
January until early March: Home additions
The greatest month for house improvement tasks that increase square footage to your home is February or early March, when the ground is still frozen. Contrary to popular belief, the frozen ground and dry air make it easier for builders to lay concrete.
Builders are less busy during the winter months, so you may be able to negotiate a bargain. At the very least, your project will be easy to schedule.
When builders aren’t overburdened, there’s less likelihood of mix-ups or incorrect orders.
From April to June, outdoor constructions such as decks, patios, and paved walkways are popular.
If you’ve ever wondered, “When do people rebuild their houses?” chances are they don’t do it in the spring unless they have a lot of spare money to spend.
Builders and artisans are busy during the spring season, so they may charge a premium for their services.
This is an excellent opportunity to do any DIY projects you’ve been putting off.
Consider painting your house, installing a deck, or cleaning out your garage during peak contractor season. When everything has been cleaned up and prices have decreased, you will be able to afford a contractor for your renovation needs.
Bathroom Remodeling from July to September
Because you’ll be spending so much time outside or away from home during the vacation months, renovating your bathroom at the end of summer makes the most sense. You can have someone check in on your property while you’re gone, but you’ll avoid the difficulty of being without a bathroom or two, which would be a major annoyance if you were present during the remodel.
Schedule your bathroom remodels while you’re gone. Ask for references and referrals to ensure you pick a professional contractor you can trust. Before you depart, make sure you understand all of the paperwork.
Allow a friend or neighbor to check in on your progress every day or two.
Hire a landscaper to take care of the lawn and improve the aesthetic appeal of your property so you can return home to a beautiful lawn before you even see your new bathroom.
From October through December
The end of the year, just before the holidays, is usually the cheapest time of year to remodel kitchens. Contractors’ workloads slow dramatically, which means they may be more available than in the spring or summer. Furthermore, because there is less demand, materials may be more economical.
Plan your kitchen remodel during a time of year when you will not be entertaining visitors for the holidays.
Allow for plenty of wiggle room for delivery delays, since inclement weather can push the dates back farther than expected.
Put supply and demand to work for you by hiring contractors who aren’t in peak season when you need your major upgrades completed. It will save you a lot of money and effort in the long run, and you will be more likely to receive dedicated customer support if you have any queries or problems.