Depending on your location’s climate, you might be at the mercy of the seasons when it comes to planning updates for your home’s exterior. Some homeowners prefer to renovate during the summer or spring season, which is all right and is a common choice. The bright sun is good for shedding light on aspects of your home that need improvement.
But here’s an idea: why not plan for renovations during the cooler months (September to January)? The cooler season is a great time to choose design elements and paint colors. Plus, you don’t need good weather to plan.
Here are some reasons you might want to consider planning your home’s exterior during the cooler months.
Easier Time to Schedule With Contractors
As mentioned above, most homeowners prefer to schedule renovations during spring and summer. Taking advantage of the cooler season to execute renovation plans can make scheduling easier. Contractors’ schedules are often booked during the summer and spring seasons.
Also, some contractors increase their prices during busier times. By waiting for the slow season, it can take the pressure off your scheduling (as well as your contractor’s).
Planning is Crucial
Planning is essential, especially during the cooler season. If you want to bring your home exterior dreams to life during the fall or winter season and you live in a place where snow happens, take photos of your home before the winter season.
Although photographing your home during the snow season gives you an idea when it comes to the color palette, taking photos without the snow helps you visualize who your exterior will update during the seasons.
Get More Time to Focus
Many homeowners spend the summer and spring seasons working on their landscape. Gardening, yard work and landscaping can be time-consuming and meticulous. Between pulling weeds, fertilizing and watering the plants, you won’t have time to focus on other home improvement projects.
On the other hand, if you wait for the cooler season to plan, you’ll have more time to focus.
Landscaping can also hinder contractors with their work. For example, if you have plants in a specific area of the yard or are planning to redo the deck, your yard will be compromised. Some projects are better for the cooler season, especially if you want to avoid damaging flowers and plants.
Score Potential Discounts on Materials
Executing home exterior ideas can be a pricey project. After all, the price of construction materials often fluctuates. But during the off-season, there is an abundance of discounts, which makes it the best time to buy your materials.
Even if you’re not planning on carrying out renovations or updates between September to January, you can still buy the materials at a discounted price and store them until you are ready to use them.
Get Dibs on the New Year’s Products
The coming of each new year is often accompanied by new models of building materials. Although these materials are marketed for the new year, they are often available during the fall or winter season.
By ordering materials and booking your contractor during the cooler months, you gain unique opportunities to take advantage of the new materials coming in before other contractors and homeowners get the chance.
Enjoy More Consistent Weather
For most places with four seasons, the spring and summer seasons are often rainy. When planning and implementing home exterior ideas, the weather is a big factor to consider.
Contractors are unable to install a new roof, paint your exterior or pour concrete during the rainy season. During the cooler months, rain isn’t often a problem, which leads to less delays.
Temperature Limits Need Not Be a Problem
Another crucial thing to consider when painting your house’s exterior is the temperature. Although the ideal temperature for exterior painting should be at least 50° F, temperature limits have expanded so you can paint during the cooler season.
Plus, painting the house’s exterior when the weather is too hot can cause peeling, blistering and wrinkling. On the other hand, if the weather is too cold, the paint might not properly bond. So, if you plan on painting your home, paint during times of lower humidity.
Even if you’re not a big fan of painting your home during the cooler months, it’s still a great time to plan your home’s color palette. Work with a contractor to determine the right colors.
It’s Time to Plan
Waiting should not be an option when it comes to executing your home exterior dreams. Be proactive.
Take advantage of the cooler season to implement your house exterior plans. Apart from easier scheduling with contractors, you’ll have more time to focus on the details before the work begins