One of the most common questions homeowners tend to have when they’re preparing to take on a large-scale remodeling project concerns what time of year will work out the best for the specific project they have in mind. Really, the answer to the question is “any time you’re prepared for the job,” but there are some additional considerations you can factor into your decision, especially if the job is going to take a long time and involve multiple phases.
For the purposes of this article, we’re going to be focusing specifically on remodeling projects in Brighton, CO and other parts of the country that have four distinct seasons. Here’s a quick look at projects you can take on based on particular months of the year.
January through March
There tends to be a misconception that there’s nothing you can get done during the coldest months of the year, but this isn’t the case at all. In fact, if you’re going to be putting an addition on your home, this is a great time to start—the dry air and frozen ground will actually help for digging foundations and pouring concrete. The process is likely to go much more smoothly than if the ground is overly moist and muddy and if there’s too much humidity in the air.
Having a completed foundation and a framed-out addition in place before the rainy spring season starts will allow you to already have it covered up by the time spring rolls around, which will allow for indoor work to continue on a reasonable schedule.
April through June
Spring is usually the busy season for builders, which means you’re likely to pay more at this time of year for materials and labor due to the greater demand for service. This is generally the most popular season for new home construction, for a couple reasons—one, people are now several months removed from the holidays and are more confident about putting down some money on the project, and two, there is something about the arrival of spring that psychologically triggers people to want something new.
Smaller-scale projects are also frequently performed in the spring, particularly installations of new decks, patios and other outdoor spaces. People want these projects done in spring so they can enjoy them in the summer.
June/July through September
During the summer, taking on indoor work is the best course of action, so this is when people tend to have their kitchens and bathrooms redone. This is also the best time to handle roofing projects, because the materials used in roofing require higher temperatures for proper installation and sealing. Many people who have summer homes will have builders and remodelers take on projects while they are gone.
October through December
In the last quarter of the year, remodeling work will generally wrap up, as the holidays usually serve as a self-imposed deadline for homeowners. However, if you know you aren’t going to be hosting gatherings during the holidays, it can be a less expensive time to get some work done on your home.
For more information about planning remodeling for your Brighton, CO home at different times of year, contact the team at Jim Cope Construction LLC.