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When is the Best Time of the Year to Make Home Renovations?
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So, you’ve declared 2019 to be “The Year of Home Renovations!” Congratulations. Now, you just need to get started.

Renovating your home can be complicated if you don’t know what to do. If you’re worried about whether you’re channeling your inner Bob Vila or your inner Tim Taylor, we can help. Here’s the best way to start planning your home renovation, along with the best seasons for every home project.


How to Plan Your Home Renovations ahead of Time

There are many factors to consider when planning your renovations. It’s best to start by examining your goals, budget, timeline, and priorities.

What are your home renovation goals and priorities?

Do you want to update the wall color in your living room? Or are you ready to knock the wall down and expand into an indoor/outdoor space? There’s a big difference in preparing for the two.

Before jumping into big projects, take a moment to review your goals and priorities. Projects that require permitting and large-scale construction evolve in ways that smaller DIY projects do not. Know where you’ve set hard lines on what you want and where you’re willing to compromise because of your budget and timeline.

What is your budget and timeline?

It’s easy to get excited about home updates and decide to tackle an entire home renovation in a few short months. But can you afford to make such big updates all at once? On the opposite side of the coin, you don’t want projects dragging out through the next holiday season, either. Work with your contractor to schedule the best time for the projects you have in mind.

As easy as it is to look at the list of “best times” below, the truth is this: The best time to make home renovations is when you can afford them. Before you call one contractor or buy one can of paint, make sure you have the funds for what you need, plus an extra 10% or more available in case of emergencies.

How does supply and demand play into all this?

Now that you have all your priorities in line, it’s time to think about how they fit into a contractor’s season. Much like how the price of Valentine’s candy drops on February 15, there are times of the year when demand for home services will affect a supplier’s availability and pricing. Everything from paint and lumber to windows and cement fluctuate in price throughout the year. In order to help you plan, we’ve listed below the most popular home improvements to make each season, as well as the most affordable.


The Best Home Renovations to do in Winter

Winter may not be the fastest month to complete many outdoor projects, but it could be the best time to book a contractor to start quickly and at a discount. Use this season to schedule larger projects that you don’t mind taking a little longer to complete. However, keep in mind that some projects (such as landscaping or installing a pool) may have to wait until the warmer months.

What are the most popular home projects to do in winter?

As you can imagine, interior projects reign in the winter months.

  • Interior house painting
  • Interior remodeling (bed, bath, kitchen)
  • Basement remodeling

What are the most affordable home projects to do in winter?

You may save some money here, but bigger projects (like a deck) may take longer to complete because of the weather. Plan ahead in case contractors only offer certain services in season.

  • Deck installation
  • Carpet cleaning
  • Gutter cleaning
  • New siding

The Best Home Renovations to do in Spring

In-between seasons are the best time to tackle projects that most people won’t bother with until the height of the season. For instance, spring is a great time to have your HVAC inspected or replaced.

What are the most popular home projects to do in spring?

It’s possible for big projects to take several seasons to complete. If you want your remodeling to be done before Thanksgiving, you have to start in the spring to be safe. Really.

  • Carpet cleaning
  • Kitchen remodeling
  • Home additions and foundation work
  • Masonry and tuckpointing
  • In-ground pool installation

What are the most affordable home projects to do in spring?

Keep an eye on appliance sales. As new lines are released, last year’s models may be offered at deeper discounts. It’s also a great time to think ahead to your needs in the summer, fall, and even next winter, well before anyone else.

  • Window replacements
  • Flooring
  • Appliance upgrades
  • HVAC installation

The Best Home Renovations to do in Summer

With its long days and consistently warm weather, summer is the most popular time in the mountains to renovate your home. However, that also means that everything from tool rentals to contracted work will be at a premium. If you’re planning summer renovations, schedule them well ahead of time to ensure you aren’t turned away.

What are the most popular home projects to do in summer?

Outdoor projects are most popular during the summer months.

  • Exterior house painting
  • Power washing and exterior cleaning
  • Landscaping and lawn care

What are the most affordable home projects to do in summer?

You won’t want to think about heating your home in the summer. But you’ll thank yourself when the cold weather sets in for tackling these projects early.

  • Furnace inspections and installations
  • Fireplace repairs and updates

The Best Home Renovations to do in Fall

Labor Day and Black Friday can be great times to make home purchases. Keep an eye out for great deals for new appliances, tools, furniture, or home decor.

What are the most popular home projects to do in fall?

The cooler and more even weather of autumn is great for accomplishing projects that involve opening up your house.

  • Window installation
  • Appliance upgrades
  • Home additions

What are the most affordable home projects to do in fall?

Fall is a great time to get discounts on “summer” projects after the season winds down. It’s also a good time to find deals on “winter” projects before that season kicks in.

  • Landscaping
  • Air conditioning inspections
  • Exterior house painting
  • Cleaning the garage
  • In-ground pool installation

Need More Help Starting Your Home Renovations?

When you hire a Beverly-Hanks agent, you are hiring an entire team of highly experienced real estate professionals. Our agents have an average 10 years of full-service real estate experience. And in that time, they’ve developed relationships with many of the area’s top service professionals.

From house painters to septic services, we’re here to help! Ask your Beverly-Hanks agent for professional service recommendations.

All real estate is local. In order to make confident real estate decisions, we believe it is important for you to have timely and neighborhood-specific information. If you would like more information about making home renovations, our experts at Beverly-Hanks are here to help. Contact us today to speak with a Beverly-Hanks real estate agent today.

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