A home remodeling project is always full of excitement mixed with some trepidation.
You’re looking forward to the final result, though getting there is more than a little nerve-wracking.
Many people assume that winter is the worst possible time to take on such a project, but hold on a second before you set your sights for spring – winter just may be the best time!
Here are the five reasons you should plan on taking on your projects this winter.
1. Contractors have more availability.
It’s no fun to be excited about a home remodeling project only to be told that you’ll have to endure a long wait before your contractor can even begin because he’s so swamped with business.
It’s great for him – not as much for you!
So, why not be strategic in your planning?
Contractors are busiest in the spring. You’ll find that it’s much easier to schedule consultations and the work during their slower season.
Not only will he have more time to complete your project, he’ll be able to give it more attention, really listen to what you want and not rush through to get onto the next waiting job.
2. Manufacturers jack up prices in spring.
Of course, it makes sense that prices would go up during the busiest season for home remodeling projects, right?
But, you don’t have to be a victim of those price hikes if you play your cards right.
In winter, you’ll have a good chance of finding reduced and clearance prices on appliances and other materials – especially those of which suppliers have an overabundance.
There’s also the fact that manufacturers are often trying to diminish their inventory before new products come out and can offer deeper discounts than at other times of the year.
3. Permits are granted more quickly.
You could be in hot water if you start a project without the proper permits.
But, it’s frustrating to have a highly-anticipated upgrade for your home dragging out due to red tape.
Government offices are typically not as busy in the winter and you can use that lull to your advantage and get the required paperwork for your projects moving through the system more quickly.
4. Find a better stock of popular items.
Another plus to doing your remodeling project in the winter months is that the hottest items aren’t flying off the shelves at as quick a rate as they would during other seasons.
You’ll have more time to shop around and you’re more likely to find that the stores are stocked with just what you’re looking for.
That’s a whole lot better than having to wait for something that’s back ordered for your project to be completed.
5. Consider more projects.
Once you’ve got a contractor working with you, the opportunity is there for you to bring up other remodeling jobs you may be looking to tackle in anticipation of spring.
Maybe you’d like to extend your deck or you’ve always wanted to add a sunroom.
Of course, outdoor work can’t be done in the middle of a blizzard, but your contractor can be ready to begin those projects as soon as the weather cooperates and you will have missed the rush.
Take advantage of the season
It’s not such a bad idea to plan for your remodeling project in the winter.
You’ll have easier access to your contractor, the supplies you need will likely be in stock, you’ll get the best prices, and any required building permits should move through the system quickly.
Get in contact with your contractor now to get your projects scheduled.
For help remodeling your home, contact your local experts VKB Kitchen and Bath.