The Best Time of Year for Raleigh Home Improvement?05/07/2018Blake Jarman You may wonder what’s the best time of year for Raleigh home improvement projects.Some home projects are easy to schedule. It’s not a great idea to put in new windows when it’s snowing outside. Nor do you want to insulate your attic when it’s sweltering outside. But there are more factors that go into choosing when to schedule projects than just the weather. Picking the right time to schedule home improvements can make the final product look better, keep the project on track, and might even help your budget. What to Consider when Choosing the Time of Year for Home Improvement Projects Weather One of the first things to think about is the climate you’re in and the weather outside. Some projects are weather dependent, like installing windows, building a deck, or putting in a pool. Projects inside the home, like installing window treatments or replacing furniture, can be done all year long. We can put in shutters before your Christmas party, after your newest renovation, in the middle of a sweltering summer, or any other time of year. If you have a tight deadline and are paying contractors, ask them how the climate might affect your project and timeline. Contractor Schedules Most contractors have seasons like spring and summer which are busier than the rest of the year. If you can start working with a contractor outside of their busy season, they won’t be handling as many projects and details are less likely to be neglected. Your Schedule Some parts of the year can be better for your home renovations than others. If you have children in school, you may want to schedule your projects during the school year when your house is a little more empty. Or if you’re taking a week-long vacation, it could be a decent time to refinish your hardwood floors to avoid the fumes. Available Funds If you’re paying cash for your home improvement, then the best time of year to plan is after you have the money on hand. This could be after you’ve saved a little bit, received a large bonus or when your tax refund comes in. Most people start home improvement projects after they get their tax refund around the beginning of spring, so be aware that contractors might have a busier schedule during the spring and materials can cost more. Other Projects You’re Planning It’s smart to keep a running list of home improvements you want to complete so that if projects depend on each other you can put together a schedule. Try to plan out the biggest ones, such as new floors, and end with the smaller projects such as window treatments or furniture. The Best Seasons for Home Improvement Projects Here are some ideas for exactly when to do certain projects based on the weather and potential contractor availability. Projects You Can Do Any Season: Install window treatments Repaint interiors Get new appliances Spring Projects: Install landscaping Service heater Replace windows Replace or repair exterior siding Summer Projects: Repair or replace roof Service chimneys Renovate kitchens Renovate bathrooms Fix gutters and soffit Fall Projects: Powerwash deck and siding Winterize house including energy audit and insulation Service A/C and furnace Winter Projects: Plan projects for the rest of the year Install new flooring Replace furniture Ready to Spring into Action on your Window Treatment Renovations? If you’re ready to hone in on your window treatments to improve your home, call us at 919-887-9198 or use the form below.