Spring, summer, fall, or winter? What’s the best time to remodel a kitchen?
Certain seasons be better for renovating than others, depending on the weather and the project type. In the middle of a frigid, sub-zero winter in Minnesota or Vermont, you probably don’t want to replace your room’s windows or patio doors.
“In the northern climates where it gets cold and it snows and the ground freezes, there are definite building seasons,” says Carl A. Smith, CliqStudios designer, licensed contractor, and President of the NKBA MN Chapter. “It’s like road repair. Road repair happens during the summer, stops in the fall and starts again during the spring.”
But, says Smith, ‘inside work’ is an exception. Basement remodels, bathroom remodels, and kitchen remodels all happen throughout the year.
“If your project doesn’t remove windows or compromise the envelope, it could be done at any time,” he said.
In other words, if your renovation is fully contained indoors and doesn’t disturb the building’s exterior walls, windows, roof, or foundation: “Game on.”
Even so, many homeowners choose to save their projects for the spring and summer, leaving contractors hungry for work during the winter off-season. Traditionally, it’s easier to book a general contractor during the wintertime.
Besides climate, here are other factors to consider when scheduling your kitchen renovation:
Your family schedule
Think about planning your remodel when is least disruptive to the day-to-day schedule of your household. The kitchen is the hub and heart of the home, and turning it into a construction zone can add quite a bit of inconvenience. Many families choose summer to remodel because of the flexibility provided by vacation time, summer homes, and sending kids away to summer camp.
Your eating plans
It can get tiring (and expensive) to eat out every day. While your kitchen is under construction, you’ll want a temporary eating arrangement at home. For some, a simple work table plus a mini-fridge and microwave will suffice. For others, an outdoor grill during the warm season is the perfect solution.
Related blog post: 9 Reasons to Remodel Your Kitchen in the Summer
Holidays and special events
Trying to schedule a new kitchen before the holidays, a graduation, or another special event? If you want to replace cabinets and countertops, that might take a couple of weeks. But if you are changing the walls, rewiring, replumbing and calling inspections, that might be a two or three month project.
“Scope of work is really the primary consideration,” says Smith. “A contractor or a well-versed homeowner would need to understand the construction sequence to know how to work backwards from when they wanted to have it done – assuming you wanted it done a week before Thanksgiving.”
With kitchen remodeling budgets pushing averages over $22,000 dollars, it’s no question that homeowners love a good deal. Black Friday is a good time to look for discounts on major appliance purchases, but for industry specific sales, keep your eyes out for spring promotions during the months of April and May. Even if you aren’t installing right away, buying and storing your products and materials in advance can help ensure the project goes smoothly later on.
Product lead times
Custom cabinetry using exotic materials or hand-crafted designs can easily have a lead time of three months or more. For semi-custom cabinetry, such as CliqStudios, expect to wait 4 to 6 weeks from order to delivery. As you consider your kitchen remodel timeline, keep in mind that products have different lead times depending on their availability.
Ultimately, the best time to schedule your kitchen remodel is after you’ve thoroughly planned it out. Starting a kitchen remodel requires research, shopping, setting goals, budgeting and talking to professionals. Once you’re comfortable with the parts, pieces, and processes that need to come together to create your dream space, nothing – not even freezing temperatures – will stop you.