Article dated December 11 2020

Renovating in the Fall

Home renovations is a big project.  Exciting, but it is a big project.  And planning is a key to its overall success.  You have plans and ideas of what you want to do.  You may even have drafted these plans out on paper.  Great.  But when are you planning on starting the project?  Right away?  It is understandable to want to jump right in and get it rolling along.  But if you plan for the right time to start the actual renovations, you can save yourself time, money, and aggravation. 

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It is common to think about the weather of spring and summer, as being the ideal time to start a home renovation project.  If you take a look around and see many other people doing renovations, you would think that is the best time.  But is it?  Are you hiring a contractor to handle the renovations or part of the renovations?  You may find yourself competing for their time.  They tend to be busiest during the warmer weather, which could result in having your work rushed.  We wouldn’t go as far as saying that you may not get the quality work from the contractor.  You just may be competing with other ongoing projects on their plate. 

You also have to consider the demand for specific tools called for on home improvement projects.  There is a run on rentals during spring and summer.  This could put you up against trying to find tools and equipment that are available to rent.  You may have to purchase tools, if you cannot find any to rent.  And if you need a dumpster on site to collect the debris, you will have to compete with others, trying to lock in one for their property.  Junk removal services get really busy at that time.  And you may not get the size that you are wanting.

You can argue that the cost of the materials usually is at it’s best during spring and summer.  While that is true, you can still take advantage of those prices during that time by having a spot to store them until you are going to start the renovation.  Buy then, use later.

You also have to consider the demand for specific tools called for on home improvement projects.  There is a run on rentals during spring and summer.  This could put you up against trying to find tools and equipment that are available to rent.  You may have to purchase tools, if you cannot find any to rent.  And if you need a dumpster on site to collect the debris, you will have to compete with others, trying to lock in one for their property.  Junk removal services get really busy at that time.  And you may not get the size that you are wanting.  

You can argue that the cost of the materials usually is at it’s best during spring and summer.  While that is true, you can still take advantage of those prices during that time by having a spot to store them until you are going to start the renovation.  Buy then, use later.  

That’s why we believe that fall might be worth considering when planning to start a renovation.  It isn’t peak time for renovations.   

You can use your summer for family time and vacation.  Enjoying time spent together and not be pulled off to work on your project instead.  The kids are off school during that time.  It might be a better plan to do things with them, rather than trying to keep them out of the renovation stuff going on in the home.  In the fall, they go back to school and project work can go on while they are there, and not under foot.