Best Time for a Remodel

As the seasons change, so do the activities that people like to participate in. Things like biking or hiking or just hanging out at the park are solidly summer activities, while the winter invites plans that stay indoors. Changes in weather can inspire a desire for other kinds of changes, too. Like home renovations. But the itch to remodel doesn’t always come at the best time for it. If a homeowner wants to avoid disrupting their lives too much, and get through a project quickly, they should think about what time of year their remodel is planned for, because some are better than others.

Why We’re Asking

With the coming spring, lots of homeowners are itching for a change. Plans to remodel often come out of the woodwork at this time of year, but is it really the best time? What is the best time to plan a remodel? Our home experts have seen and done it all, and they know what works–different projects for different seasons. We want to know what kinds of home projects are best when, and why.

So tell us, experts:

What’s the best time of year to plan a remodel?

What major seasonal weather patterns can make construction hard?

Are there specific projects best suited to different seasons? For example, is it better to cast concrete in the summer or winter?

Are there any types of construction or remodel projects that should be saved for dryer weather?

How about projects that are safe to do indoors during the long winter?

The itch to remodel doesn’t always come at the opportune time. With your help, we can make sure homeowners know when to act on the urge, and when to wait for the right time of year.

Experts, post your answers in the comment field below!

  • Nancy Dalton 03/21/14

    As a kitchen and bath remodeling company in Seattle, we are fortunate to be able to work at any time of year without much concern with the weather. This year was very challenging for most of the other areas of the country and it does affect us when we have a shipment delayed or a manufacture has to be closed due to a blizzard. From a client’s standpoint spring or summer is a terrific time to remodel. They can be outside cooking and usually there are more activities outside of their own home to attend.
    If you don’t have a choice when you remodel because something has failed and you must move forward, I suggest a good conversation about how the contractor will protect your home from the elements. Also from the mud or dirt that may come in through the process that wouldn’t happen at a different time of year. Additionally, where will they work outside in the elements? Has that been figured into the mix? If you have tile work going on in a bathroom is there a sheltered deck, carport or other area they or a carpenter can work in? You certainly don’t want a tile saw in your living room.

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