Winter, spring, summer or fall — when’s the best time to remodel?
Homeowners often ask “What’s the best time of year to remodel my home?” The answer provided depends on several variables. First, we review the project and its scope of work with clients to ensure they’re truly ready to move forward.
After that, the ideal time to remodel varies on the project type. Some times are better than others for different phases of jobs, as well as for cost-savings — although the two don’t necessarily coincide. With that in mind, we can offer suggestions about the “ideal” guidelines to help keep your remodeling project within its projected timeline and budget.
Remodeling January through early March
Thinking about a home office, in-law suite, femme den or man cave? This winter is a good time to start an addition. The winter time usually catches a bad rap when it comes to starting remodeling projects. However, the frozen ground and dry air are better for digging foundations and pouring concrete footers than muddy ground and humidity.
If your foundation is completed and the room addition is framed before the rainy season, the space can be under cover during the unpredictable spring weather.
Remodeling April through June
Spring is traditionally home building season, not only because consumers are finding the money to do projects, but also because it’s the time we start to come out of winter hibernation and want something new. Most homeowners can’t wait to start on projects that they will be able to enjoy in the coming summer and fall months. These months tend to be prime time months for outdoor projects such as arbors, decks, fences, exterior painting, and patio updates.
Remodeling July through September
Tackling larger projects such as kitchen or bathroom remodels tends to be popular in the summer months. Homeowners who vacation through these months can avoid the inconveniences of living with a renovation and come back to a brand new addition! However, most often choose the summer for their project because it’s almost always guaranteed to be completed by the holidays; allowing the newly renovated space to be enjoyed by family and friends in October, November and December.
Remodeling October through December
While the first part of this quarter is ideal for outdoor work and new construction starts, it is traditionally the time when homeowners want their remodeling finished as the holidays are around the corner.
If you’re willing to have crews in your home during the holiday season, this is a good time to schedule anything from an addition to a kitchen or bathroom remodel. Interior work can take place any time during these months, once the building is under cover. However, materials shipping may take longer, so work those extra weeks into your timeframe.