By the Seasons: The Best Time to Remodel

By the Seasons: The Best Time to Remodel

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Remodeling your home can be done at any time of the year, but as you can imagine there are certain times, such as December, when you might prefer to enjoy your home “as is” instead of having to deal with a project in progress. There are other important considerations to weigh when deciding when to getting any work done, including contractor availability.

Let’s take a look at some examples and options you have when it comes to hiring a contractor to renovate your home.

Roofing — Choose to have a new roof put on your home during warmer months of the year and you’ll find that most roofing companies are busy tending to other customer’s needs. This means that you may find it hard to get a good deal on a new room from spring to early fall whereas if you can wait until November, you can bargain for a lower price and have the work done before the holiday season arrives.

Trees — Though not technically a home improvement project, having trees trimmed or removed will affect the value and look of your home. Much like roofing, if you do the work when the leaves are on the trees, you’ll pay more for the work. Get the trees trimmed in January and February and you’ll most likely find shade tree companies clamoring for your business.

Pools — Unless you’re in a climate where the ground doesn’t freeze, you’ll find installing a pool during the middle of the winter to be a bad choice. Early spring or late fall may provide the best times to get a pool installed which is just before or just after peak season when everyone wants to get the work done.

Furnaces — By early fall, homeowners are turning their furnaces on for the first time since the previous spring, in a bid to enjoy a blast of warmth to counter the first chill of the season. This is when problems are noted as a heating system that has been dormant for five months or longer is expected to kick on without fail. As you might imagine, replacing a furnace at this time can cost you as servicemen are busy responding to other calls. Unless you have an emergency, replace your unit from May through September to enjoy “off season” rates on a new furnace.

Central Air — Installing an all new central air unit in your home a month or more before or after the main cooling season of the year makes sense. However, if this unit also produces heat, you may have only a short window in the spring and again in the fall when neither are being used. Those “open windows” seem to be the best times to get a new unit installed.

Kitchens and Bathrooms — Figure that most interior projects are done at any time of the year. However, if you can put up with a kitchen or bathroom project close to Christmas, you may find a contractor happy to do the work. Many homeowners suspend major projects from Thanksgiving to Christmas and until after New Year’s Day. This means that contractors who want to work may be available and willing to cut you a deal that they may not readily offer at other times of the year.

Keep in mind that the information here is based partly on regional preferences and partly on speculation. Another consideration is your local economy, particularly the housing construction market. If builders are busy, then they’re working with contractors to outfit new homes, making it more difficult for you to find someone to get the job done at a reasonable price. Conversely, a slow market means your choices should be better and prices, lower.

Resources

Monarch Kitchen and Bath Centre; Why Summer is the Best Time to Renovate Your Kitchen; April 7, 2011

James Gilroy House Wright Inc.; Finding the Right Time to Renovate; Aug. 21, 2008

 

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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Auto Trends Magazine", an online publication. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and weblogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".