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Whats the Best Time of Year for Home Improvement Projects in New York?

May 07, 2018

You might wonder what’s the best time of year for New York home improvement projects.Some home improvement projects are easy to schedule. It’s not a great idea to put in new windows when it’s cold 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 may even help your budget.

Things to Consider when Scheduling Home Improvement Projects

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The most important thing to think about is what the weather is like. Some projects will be easier or harder depending on the weather, like putting in new windows, putting together a porch, or putting in that new pool. Other projects that take place inside, such as installing window treatments or replacing 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, ask 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 handling as many projects and details are less likely to slip through the cracks.

Your Schedule

Some times of year may work better for your projects others. If you have children in school, you may want to schedule your projects during the school year when your house is a little more empty. 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 big projects, like new floors, and finish up with the details such as window treatments or furniture.

The Best Seasons for Home Improvement Projects

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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

  • Get 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

  • Replace 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

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