When it’s hottest in the summer, contractors are busy servicing air conditioners, installing ceiling fans and building swimming pools. What many homeowners may not realize is that they’re more likely to get better service and better prices for these projects during a contractor’s slow season. Be prepared to plan your home renovations months in advance so you can choose the best time of year to renovate for each specific project.
Spring: When the weather starts to warm up it’s a great time to replace windows. First, you’ll avoid letting in winter’s chilly drafts. Second, according to the home improvement site Modernize, caulk adheres better in warmer weather. If you caulk your windows in cold weather the caulk might crack. In hot weather, it won’t cure properly.
Summer: Furnaces aren’t often thought about before the colder late fall weather, so summer is best to get your furnace serviced or replaced. This is also the time to head to the air-conditioned indoors for a bathroom remodeling. Since living with a renovation (and without a bathroom) can be difficult, try to plan the bulk of the work when you and your family are on summer vacation.
Fall: Autumn is best for an in-ground pool installation. Prices are the lowest of the year and September and October are good months for landscaping around the pool. Fall is also an excellent time for servicing or installing air conditioners. Lastly, if you’re looking to save money on electricity when the needle starts to climb, think about going solar long before summer arrives.
Winter: A home addition can be costly and inconvenient, so this is a project you want to plan at the right time so that it goes as smoothly as possible. Angie’s List recommends planning January through March. “Frozen ground and dry air are better for digging foundations and pouring concrete footers than muddy ground and humidity.”