The Best Time of Year for Remodeling Projects–
In general, the best time to start a renovation is when you are financially and mentally prepared to take on such a large project. But the best time of year to complete remodeling projects can vary. “Some times are better than others for different phases of jobs, as well as for cost-savings” although the two don’t necessarily coincide,” says Rick Thomas of Thomas Custom Builders. Weather conditions and changes in season can limit the work that can be done to your home during certain months. However, it is usually during the months with more rain and snowfall that contractors have more availability.
While taking on remodeling projects during the winter can seem undesirable, Thomas says that, “Frozen ground and dry air are better for digging foundations and pouring concrete footers than muddy ground and humidity.” So, if you are considering an addition, the winter months are ideal. But, you need to remember to plan a job this big far in advance. Thomas warns, “Don’t decide in January to put an addition on your home and expect a contractor to dig the foundation in February.”
Spring is typically the busiest time of year for contractors. It’s also “probably when you’ll pay the most money for their time and for materials,” according to Thomas. Despite the summer heat, July through September is actually a good time to take on a roofing project. Thomas also recommends “tackling indoor work like kitchen or bathroom remodeling” during the summer months. He points out that “the last thing you want to do in the sweltering heat is an attic bedroom!”
If you’re considering a renovation or remodeling project before the holiday season, you need to start the process now. Thomas says, “If you’re willing to have crews in your home during the holiday season, [October through December] is a good time to schedule anything from an addition to a kitchen remodel.” However, this is usually this time of year that homeowners want to complete their remodeling projects rather than start them.
This holiday season, celebrate with family and friends in style and comfort. Remember that planning ahead ensures less frustration and anxiety for the entire family. Just make sure you are financially and mentally prepared for a renovation before you start one.
The full article from Angie’s List, along with Thomas’ advice, is available here.
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