When Is the Best Time for a Remodel?
The timing of your kitchen remodel should be determined very early on during your planning process. This will allow you and your family to prepare for an adjustment of living style, and give you a chance to coordinate your remodeling efforts with contractors and designers. Below are several factors to consider when planning the perfect time of year for a kitchen remodel. But, ultimately, you should determine when the remodel will happen based off your family's schedule and preference.
- Weather: Your kitchen will be temporarily unusable and unless you have a second kitchen, you will want to set up an area
where you can use a microwave, refrigerator, and have access to water for washing dishes. An outdoor grill can provide an alternate method of cooking and a larger variety of meal options. Additionally, having access to outdoor dining is beneficial if your dining area is part of the new construction. In most cases, the warmer months of the year are better for a remodel.
- Special Occasions: If you and your family love entertaining during winter holidays, planning a kitchen remodel during this time is not a good idea. Instead, consider starting the project after the holidays. On a similar note, if you have a special occasion planned, like a graduation party or a wedding, it is wise to plan the project for completion two months prior to the event. This gives you enough time to become accustomed to your new kitchen and to make sure everything is in working order for the special day.
- Family Schedule: Having a kitchen torn apart can be stressful for all family members. Make sure to consider family activities and school schedules when planning your kitchen remodel. It is best to plan a remodel to take place when your family has the least number of commitments and is the most flexible.
Seeing the results of your kitchen remodel can be very rewarding, but the process of getting there can be stressful. Planning the right time of year for construction, reviewing details thoroughly and frequently, and communicating openly with contractors and other professionals during your remodel will help your project run more smoothly.