The Best Time of the Year for Every Home Project

Is 2020 the year you update your kitchen or get those new windows installed? As the new year approaches, so do new ideas. But, when it comes to home improvement and maintenance, timing is everything. Taking changes in weather, cost of materials and labor availability into consideration can save you time, aggravation and maybe a little money

Winter: Stay warm and get stuff done.

When it comes to winter projects, chances are you’ll be more comfortable staying inside. This is a great time to rethink your interior paint colors. Not only is it an indoor-only project, but you can take advantage of the savings many paint manufacturers offer this time of year.

If you’re planning a kitchen or bathroom makeover, winter is the prime time to get it done. Homeowners tend to start bathroom remodels in July, leaving a surplus of materials and top-notch contractors available at the beginning of the year.

Now, if you do want to venture outside, your tree limbs could likely use a good trim. The harsh winter weather makes weak limbs easier to spot – and that expedites the job.

Spring: Get ahead of the game.

The weather is warming up and it’s time to get the outside of your house ready for some summer fun. Start with cleaning and repairing gutters. They take a beating in the winter and need to be in tip-top shape for the rainy months to come.

With the spring rain comes softer ground, which makes it easier to set posts for a new fence, if you want one. To ensure that your deck or pool is ready for those summer cookouts and parties, get ahead of the curve and book contractors before their schedules fill up.

Summer: Take advantage of the heat.

Some projects are best done in warmer temperatures. Roofing is one of them, since the materials require higher temperatures to seal.

The hot summer months are also prime time to prep for the cooler temps on the way. Getting your furnace serviced, fireplace repaired and chimney swept are perfect summer projects. Typically more professionals are available, plus you’ll be set when winter approaches.

Fall: Time to paint and prep.

Depending on where you live, the weather is cooling off and leaves are turning shades of yellow and red. But don’t just watch the leaves change – gather your fall inspiration and choose a new color for the outside of your home. Experts recommend painting outside when the temperature is between 50 and 90 degrees and not too humid. Even if you decide not to change the exterior color, it’s still a great time for a fresh coat of paint.

Fall is also the season to prepare for winter’s colder temps. Winterize your home by replacing worn weatherstripping, inspecting and repairing storm doors and caulking any drafty areas.

There’s a time and place for everything, and home improvement projects are no different. Embarking on your next project in the right season can help make sure supplies are plentiful, contractors are available and the weather works in your favor.

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