Midwest winters are notoriously harsh — not to mention, incredibly long — which is why it can be a good time to focus on home remodeling projects. You’re in the house, so those issues you might be experiencing with the space are top of mind.
Maybe you feel like the whole family is on top of one another, and a basement remodel would give you the room necessary to breathe. Maybe you’ve grown tired of setting down one dish and it taking up all your counter space. Obviously, a kitchen remodel could solve the problem.
Besides a clear need for a home renovation, there are a number of other reasons to do a little off-season remodeling. The following tops the list:
- Cost. Manufacturers often increase the prices of certain supplies and materials as spring rolls around. It’s also when they upgrade and introduce new product lines, which will be priced at a premium. To make room for new inventory, many manufacturers run special offers — be it on appliances, cabinets, tile, or flooring. In other words, you’ll likely find the best deals of the year during the winter.
- Inventory. Most home improvement supplies and materials don’t move off the shelves as fast during the winter months. This gives you an opportunity to shop around a bit to find exactly what you want in everything from faucets to fixtures to finishes, and you can do it without the risk of your final choice being out of stock after coming to a decision.
- Availability. Spring is the busiest time of year for most remodeling companies, and the projects just keep coming well into summer — if not fall. During the winter, however, their schedules tend to free up. That not only means you’ll have more time to work with your contractor or designer to plan the project, but the whole process won’t take as long as it might in the warmer months.
- Approvals. Come winter, contractors aren’t the only people with a bit more free time in their schedules. Government offices tend to be quieter this time of year, which means you won’t have to wait as long for the approval of the permits necessary for construction to begin. The same holds true for finding an inspector to come out to the site, allowing the project to move from one phase to another much faster.
- Vacation. In the Midwest, we make a habit of planning our vacations to avoid the cold weather as much as possible. If you’ve got a vacation booked for January or February, why not schedule a remodel around the same time? You’ll minimize the disruption to your day-to-day activities.
There will always be those projects that are best left for spring. After all, you’ll be hard pressed to find any remodeling company willing to re-side your house during a blizzard. But a lot of other projects can easily be completed when temperatures dip below freezing. It just takes some careful planning to ensure everything goes smoothly.