If you’ve never embarked on a major remodeling project in your home, it’s important to understand everything that goes into the process. From choosing a designer, a contractor, building materials, price point, and time frame, a lot more goes into a remodel than may first meet the eye.
Consider the Time of Year
One thing you may not have thought about is the time of year you will be taking on the remodeling project. Did you know each season offers its own set of unique benefits and disadvantages? Before randomly selecting a time to renovate, consider which season works best and makes the most sense in your situation.
Supply and Demand
As is the case with any industry, the concept of supply and demand is important in the construction business. Just as the lure of cheap deals on Black Friday brings hoards of shoppers out the day after Thanksgiving, the summer months seem to attract everyone looking to renovate or build. While the warm and dry weather is certainly advantageous for some jobs, it also means the supply of contractors and available materials is extremely limited during the summer months.
Referring back to the Black Friday example, you would be hard pressed to find something you are actually looking for without arriving hours in advance and fighting your way to a particular aisle. The same may be true if you choose to renovate during peak season. The amount of available contractors is limited and their focus may not be entirely on your project. Is that what you’re looking for?
The Holiday Season
Ironically, right around the time when Black Friday is taking place is the perfect time to start a renovation project. Most contractors are heavily booked from the beginning of spring and well into fall; however, there is usually a large drop off in work around the holiday season. Most families don’t want their home under construction during these months or assume the cold weather is a disadvantage.
This decrease in demand means you usually have access to the best contractors, prices, and materials on the market. For indoor renovation projects, consider planning around the holiday season. However, there are some projects that should not be completed during the colder months. These include swimming pool installation and other jobs requiring large amounts of earth to be moved.
Avoid Vacation Time
In addition to avoiding peak season, it’s not a good idea to plan a renovation project while you are away from your home on vacation. There is too much risk involved and something could go wrong. You want to be readily available to monitor the process, answer questions, and provide input whenever you can.
R.H. Homes Ltd.
At R.H. Homes, we are a licensed and experienced custom home building and remodeling company. We pride ourselves on honesty, integrity, and a commitment to customer satisfaction. Whether you are looking for a contractor for a small project or total renovation, we would love to assist you in any way we can. For more information, contact us today.