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The Best Time of Year for Washington DC Home Improvement Projects?

May 07, 2018

You might wonder what’s the best season for Washington DC home improvement projects.Some home improvement projects are easy to know when to do. It’s not a great idea to replace your windows when it’s cold outside. Similarly you don’t want to insulate your attic in the middle of summer.

Yet there are a lot of factors to choosing what time of year to do your projects than just the weather. Picking the right time of year to start home improvements can make your projects more successful, keep the project on track, and potentially even be easier on your wallet.

Things to Consider when Choosing the Time of Year for Home Improvement Projects

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The most important thing to think about is what the weather is like. Some projects are weather dependent, like installing windows, building a porch, or putting in that new pool. Other projects that take place inside, like installing window treatments or replacing furniture, can be scheduled for virtually any time. Sunburst can put in shutters before your holiday party, after your newest renovation, in the middle of a lazy summer, or when the kids go back to school.

If you have a strict deadline and are paying contractors, ask them how the weather might affect your project and timeline.

Contractor Schedules

Most contractors have seasons like spring and summer that tend to be busier than the rest of the year. If you can schedule your project outside of their busy season, they won’t be juggling as many customers and they can dedicate more time to your work.

Your Schedule

Some times of year can be better for your home renovations than others. If you have children in school, it might be smart to schedule your projects while school is in session and when your house is a little more empty. Or if there’s a vacation in your future, it might be a decent time to refinish your hardwood floors to avoid the fumes.

Your Budget

If you’re paying your contractor in cash, then the best time of year to plan is after you have the money on hand. This might be after you’ve saved up enough money, received a large bonus or after you get your tax refund.

Several homeowners begin their projects after they get their tax refund in late winter or early spring, so know that contractors might have a busier schedule during the spring and materials can cost more.

Other Projects You Have

It’s smart to keep a tab of renovations you want to complete so that if they need to be done in a certain order you can schedule them out. Try to plan out the major work first, such as new floors, and put the smaller ones at the end like window treatments or furniture.

The Best Seasons for Home Improvement Projects

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Here are our recommendations for when to do certain home improvements based on the weather and potential contractor availability.

Projects You Can Do Any Season:

  • Replace window treatments

  • Paint interiors

  • Install new appliances

Spring Projects:

  • Landscaping

  • Service heater

  • Replace windows

  • Replace or fix exterior siding

Summer Projects:

  • Roofing

  • Clean ducts and chimneys

  • Redo kitchens

  • Redo bathrooms

  • Fix gutters and soffit

Fall Projects:

  • Pressure-wash deck and siding

  • Winterize home including energy audit and insulation

  • Maintain A/C and heater

Winter Projects:

  • Plan projects for the rest of the year

  • Replace new flooring

  • Buy new furniture

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