There’s a general perception that the winter months are downtime for the construction industry and building trades. While work does indeed slow down, this season can still be a great time for diving into remodeling or renovation projects around your home. Here are a few reasons why starting projects in the winter can save time and money.
Contractor availability and other scheduling concerns tend to be less of an issue in the winter seasons since winters can be unpredictable and summer seasons are too busy. Also, homeowners tend to wait for spring and/or tax refunds to begin their home renovation projects. The contractor or trades person who could barely find the time to return your phone call in the summer months may be free and more than happy to do your work come January or February.
One of the major benefits to building in the winter is to avoid pricing hikes. You may be able to take advantage of reduced prices by scheduling your project for the winter months. If you are remodeling your kitchen or laundry room, you can usually find year-end close-out prices on appliances before manufacturers typically launch new models and increase prices for the spring rush. Lumber products, windows, and cabinetry especially all seem to exhibit price spikes in the spring. During the winter, or around Black Friday or Boxing Day and New Year’s sales events, manufacturers often feature special inventory-clearing offers.
In the aspect of saving time, permit approvals are quickly acquired due to low overall activity. For the same reason, inspection appointments may be expedited. This can make for an extremely efficient building process. If you are renovating in advance of selling your home during the peak spring months, winter is also a great time to bring on a realtor to plan staging and marketing strategies.
With these tips, you should be able to finish your winter renovations in record time while staying under budget.