Ask Angi: Projects for Each Season
Does your New Years Resolution include home improvement projects? Depending on the time of year they might seem impossible to do but if the proper steps are taken then they should be easy enough. Different times of year come with different weather conditions, daylight, and temperatures so when you choose to do certain home improvement projects can make a big difference whether it’s saving money or avoiding weather delays.
“It may seem like winter is the time to put all home projects on hold, but there’s actually a lot you can get done right now,” said Bailey Carson a home care expert at Angi. “If a deck or patio is on your list for next spring and summer, go ahead and find your pros now, start the planning process and get a head start. Also, you might find some off-season deals if you go ahead and hire your pro now.”
If you’re thinking about fixing any foundation issues or building an addition consider starting while the temperatures are still low. The frozen ground and dry air in winter are easier to deal with than the higher humidity or wet soil of spring or summer. Getting your project done faster means you’re spending less on labor costs.
“Winter can be a great time for indoor projects. Think about any interior home painting you might want done or indoor room remodels. If interior painting is on your list, it’s an excellent time because there’s no humidity that is often in the spring or summer, and so the paint dries more evenly. Additionally for room remodels, demand is lower in the winter. Particularly, in materials, you might find some savings.” said Carson
As you look beyond winter to prepare for projects in the spring, pencil in deck or patio building and installing new windows and adding insulation. The softer ground will make it easier to build your deck or patio and you can have it ready to enjoy all summer long. Windows are popular in the summer so get ahead by booking them for the spring when it will also be more comfortable for the pros who have to work outside.
“Once it warms up, think about any fireplace and furnace repairs. You’re likely not to need these during the warmer months, but they’ll be in perfect condition when it gets colder, and you’ll be ready to go. Additionally, if you’re thinking about any major renovations, try syncing them up with your summer vacation. This way, you’ll get a break from living in the mess, and you’ll come back to a newly remodeled home. ” Carson says.
Fall will be a great time to get good deals on landscaping services since peak season will have already passed. The cooler temperatures and moist soil are great for planting and you can start winterizing your outdoor spaces at the same time. Also consider replacing appliances around labor day and black Friday sales. Finally, once you’re done with AC for the season have the unit checked out so you don’t have any unwelcome surprises when you turn it back on next year.
“It may seem early to think about all your home improvement projects for the year, but you’ll save a lot of time and stress by planning ahead. Think about what you want to get done, and start talking to pros. You’ll have more time to hire and plan, and this will allow you to ask all the great questions, including about seasonal demand and deals. Keep in mind you might get lower prices by starting those projects off-season, and that can help you get the most for your money.” Carson advises.
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