Renovations that are Cheaper during the SummerSo, why is it that remodeling and renovation isn’t as costly during the summer and going into autumn? Well, if you think about it for a moment, there are a few reasons why. More people take vacations during the summer — some also put off extended weekend getaways until fall. This means contractors have less work and are more willing to negotiate. Another factor is that it’s more difficult to work in the winter because of the conditions. What’s more, people don’t like to completely uproot their schedules around projects, which are all-the-more complicated once the school year gets into full swing.
It’s no secret that spring is the time for cleaning and summer is the time for tackling your major renovation projects. Looking to change up the look of your home but don’t have the time or budget for an extreme home makeover? There are plenty of budget friendly projects to spruce up every room in your home. —U.S. News and World Report
Keep in mind, though, that the longer you wait, the more expensive it will be, since other homeowners are trying to start and finish before winter. If you are considering renovating, you should know which projects will save you money:
- Paving a driveway. This shouldn’t come as a surprise since it’s completely outside, exposed to the elements. Asphalt and concrete are easier to work with in warmer weather, when these can cure at a more natural rate. As the temperature drops, the more difficult driveway paving is to do, which of course, will cost more in labor.
- Landscaping. Just like paving a driveway, these projects are outdoors, although sometimes undercover. Of course, you’ll be able to water and fertilize during the summer and into the early fall. You won’t be able to do these things when winter begins to set-in. Another project for outdoor living and entertaining, such as an outdoor kitchen, is also less expensive.
- Kitchen makeover. At the tail end of the summer and into early fall is perfect for remodeling a kitchen. You can move your appliances into the garage, including the dishwasher, refrigerator, and microwave. Cooking meals can be done, in-part, on the grill.
- Inground pool installation. Okay, so this is obvious, but if you want to save money, you don’t put in a pool at the end of spring because that’s when many others will do the same. Instead, wait until the end of summer to early fall to pay less.
- Home addition. Because your home will be open to the elements, like installing a swimming pool, the end of summer and early fall are ideal times. It will be cooler but not frigid, and, save you some money.