We get this question a lot. Similar to any major life event – planning for a wedding, a baby, etc. – home remodels are big decisions that call for careful planning and budgeting. But aside from planning what you want in a home, you need to be vigilant of when the best time is to remodel your house.
As you might imagine with anything, the generic answer is – it depends. Here’s a bit more on that:
Remodeling: Best Season for Home Remodels
Your initial instinct may be, “summer, of course!”, but you have to remember that a home remodel takes time. Aside from planning and making all the necessary decisions regarding materials, design style and everything else in between, the actual remodeling process can take a lot of time. Between consulting with homeowners (you), getting appropriate building permits, reviewing the current build, walking through problem areas with contractors, and everything else, the process has the capability of getting pretty lengthy.
But, that doesn’t mean every home remodel will go this way. And it also depends on what section of your house is being remodeled – a basement is a different story than, for example, a deck.
Here’s a bit about what you can expect from a home remodel in each season:
As mentioned above, the right time to remodel a section of a home isn’t when you need it – you want to plan in advance. So what’s best to get remodeled during the summer? Everything warm.
If you are planning on getting a fireplace remodel, summer is a great time. Have a remodeling company come in and take care of replacing your fireplace during the summer so it’s ready to go during the cooler seasons! Summer is also a great time to get a new furnace or forced air heating system installed as, once again, you’ll want these already installed by the time late-fall and winter roll around!
If you are planning on redoing the exterior of your home, fall is often a great time to do it. Firstly, depending on the remodeling company you work with and the type of work being done, fall can occasionally be cheaper than summer. If you are planning on re-painting the exterior of your home, you’ll need to power-wash your house, which is often a preparatory step done during the fall.
As with anything, it’s smartest to reach out to local contractors like Stonehearth to ask about these services and the best time to get them done. Depending on the temperature, weather conditions, type of work to be done, and current project load, each remodeling company may have different recommendations on when you should get your remodel done!
“No Minnesota remodels happen during the winter, do they?”
You bet they do – and we do tons of remodels during the winter. The summer may be a great time to get outdoor work and cold-season-preparatory work finished, but the winter is an excellent chance to finish up interior remodels.
If you are planning on having a kitchen remodel, master bedroom remodel, or bathroom remodel, winter is often a great time to do it. The off-season may mean your remodeling company will have a smaller workload and be able to dedicate more focus and time to your specific remodeling project.
Spring is a season of “freshening up”. We replace soil, plant trees, replace mulch, clean our sidewalks, and everything else that involves preparation for the summer. The same is true for remodels.
If your home is in need of a remodel for both interior and exterior design elements – windows, doors, patios, decks – spring is a great time to do it. You avoid the dirt-buildup that happens in late-Minnesota winter snow as well as prep your house for summer gatherings with family and friends. Spring is the best time to get everything done that will be used in the warm season!