The Best Season for New York City Home Improvement?05/07/2018Matt Thelander You might wonder what’s the best time of year for New York City home improvement projects. Some home improvement projects are easy to schedule. It’s not a great idea to install windows when it’s freezing outdoors. Similarly you don’t want to insulate your attic in the blazing heat. But there are more factors that go into choosing when to do your projects than just the weather. Picking the right time to do certain home improvements can make your projects more successful, keep the project on track, and potentially even be easier on your wallet. Things to Consider when Choosing the Time of Year for Home Improvement Projects Weather The most important thing to take into account is what the weather is like. Some projects will be easier or harder depending on the weather, like replacing windows, putting together a porch, or putting in that new pool. Other projects that take place inside, such as installing window treatments or cycling out furniture, can be done any time of year. We can install shutters before your Christmas party, after your newest renovation, in the middle of a sweltering summer, or during back to school season. If you have a tight deadline and are paying contractors, communicate with them how the climate can affect your project and timeline. Contractor Schedules Any contractor will have seasons like spring and summer which are busier than other seasons. If you can start working with a contractor outside of their busy season, they won’t be managing as many projects and they can dedicate their full attention to your work. Your Schedule Some times of year may work better for your home improvements others. If you have children in school, you may want to schedule your projects during the school year when your house is less busy. Or if you have a vacation planned, it might be a good time to refinish your hardwood floors to avoid the fumes. Available Funds If you’re paying your contractor in cash, then the best time of year for a project is after you have the money on hand. This could be after you’ve saved a little bit, received a large bonus or after you get your tax refund. Most families schedule their projects for after they receive their tax refund in late winter or early spring, so remember that home improvement professionals may be busier during the spring and materials can cost more. Other Projects You’re Planning It’s smart to keep a tab of projects you want to complete so that if projects depend on each other you can build a timeline. Try to schedule the biggest ones, like new floors, and put the smaller ones at the end such as window treatments or furniture. The Best Seasons for Home Improvement Projects Here are some ideas for the best season in which to do certain home improvement projects based on the weather and potential contractor availability. Projects You Can Do Any Season: Replace window treatments Repaint interiors Put in new appliances Spring Projects: Install landscaping Service heater Install new windows Replace or fix exterior siding Summer Projects: Roofing Clean ducts and chimneys Renovate kitchens Redo bathrooms Fix gutters and soffit Autumn Projects: Powerwash deck and siding Weatherize house including energy audit and insulation Service A/C and furnace Winter Projects: Plan projects for the rest of the year Install new flooring Buy new furniture Want to Spring into Action on your Window Treatment Renovations? If you’re ready to address your window treatments to improve your home, give us a call at 631-246-3930 or fill out the form below.