Asking, “What’s the best time to begin a remodel?” is a bit of a loaded question. It brings to mind the old Chinese proverb, “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second-best time is now.” That proverb actually makes a lot of sense when applied to home remodeling, because successful remodeling requires some careful thinking on your part. If you’ve never been involved in a home remodel before, you may want some help in identifying what you should consider before beginning construction. The point is, If you want to be delighted with your remodeling results, take your time.
What Do Homeowners Concern Themselves About the Time of Year?
There are a couple of reasons homeowners look at the calendar when considering the timing of a remodel. Special events are often a big impetus for beginning a remodeling project. It could be a holiday such as Thanksgiving or Christmas. Or a special family event, such as a wedding, maybe the catalyst for the project. The other major factor has more to do with the weather. Homeowners can sometimes be averse to remodeling in colder, wetter weather. And then some homeowners are convinced that if they remodel in the "off-season" they'll get a better deal. Let's look at each of these briefly.
Many of us love entertaining in our homes. It’s a comfortable and familiar place that puts people at ease. Plus, holidays and special events just seem to be more enjoyable at home—if that home is inviting, comfortable, and convenient. Frankly, holidays and family events are a great reason to consider a remodel. However, allow yourself plenty of time to think through what you want to accomplish—and allow your builder enough time to create the plans and do the work to your satisfaction.
Weather Issues for Remodeling
Some weather-related delays can occur, but that's generally not an issue in the Portland area. There are very few times during the year that your builder won't be able to make it to your house to work. You could have some delays because of weather-related delays in the delivery of some materials. Generally speaking, however, that's not going to impact your schedule dramatically.
And as far as being too cold or wet to work, that's just not a big problem for the Portland area. Even in the winter, our average low temperatures average around 37 degrees. And while remodeling (particularly during the deconstruction/tear-out stage) can be a bit of a dusty proposition, it's not as if your builder needs to work with the windows open.
If you’re doing some outdoor remodeling, such as adding an outdoor deck or outdoor kitchen, you could run into some delays in the rainiest season (from x to x). But if you plan ahead and allow a little bit of time for that, it’s not going to be a problem.
Off-Season Savings or Speed
To be honest, the idea that certain times of the year are “off-season” for remodelers is a bit of a myth. It’s true that in some parts of the country, homebuilders can be slowed down by cold or snow. Some of them turn to home remodeling in those times. To be honest, that's not an issue in the Portland area. And while it's sometimes true that remodelers can be extremely busy right before the holidays, there isn't a "slow time" for them. So, waiting for a remodeler to be less busy isn't a good strategy if you're hoping for a better price or schedule.
When and Where Should You Start?
The right time to begin a home remodeling project is when you’re ready. Making sure you’re ready involves educating yourself about the process to ensure that things go smoothly and that you don’t put yourself under unnecessary stress. If you take a look at our design-build process, you’ll have a better idea of what you’ll be dealing with (and why the process shouldn’t be rushed).
If you are already thinking about remodeling your kitchen, we can help you prepare yourself so that you get the results you’re after. Download our free Designing the Ideal Kitchen ebook for great tips on how to create (plan, design, and work with your builder) for a kitchen that fits your personal style.