A new year often brings thoughts of renewal, particularly for living spaces. If this is the year you’re planning to start a large remodeling project for your home, January is a great time to get started. Although you might not be breaking ground or changing your home layout in the next few weeks, you need time to select a contractor, get on the schedule and complete the project by your preferred date. The best time to begin depends on the size of the project and your other commitments. Here are a few reasons you’ll want to start early.
Get Ahead of the Summer Rush
Homeowners prefer to do major home renovations during the summer months. It makes a lot of sense. If you have children in school, you’re not having to balance the daily drop-off and pick-up while you wait for contractors to arrive during the day. The weather is better, and you're out of the house more. Of course, a busy season in the summer means that if you also want your project done in that time, you’ll need to get on the schedule earlier. Too many people wait to call and then learn that they will have to start next year. The most in-demand contractors can be booked several months in advance. The last thing that you want is to start calling for consultations during the summer and realize that almost everyone has no time even to return your calls.
Take Time for Consultations
Ideally, homeowners should schedule an initial consultation with at least a few firms. For bigger projects like a large addition or a whole home remodel, interviewing a few contractors can help you to compare them and make an educated choice. If you start early enough, you may be able to spend a month or two on finding teams that:
Have experience with projects like yours
Do work that you like
Seem like a good fit for your goals
We offer a free initial consultation and we’re happy to spend time discussing your project. Selecting a company to design and build for you is perhaps the most important decision you will make. It’s best if you don’t have to do it in a rush or feel pressured to pick the first contractor who has availability.
Confirm Contractor Availability
Major remodeling projects take at least several weeks from the start of construction, although some spread out over many months. It’s so disappointing to find a contractor that you love only to discover that they will not have time in the schedule for your project until next year at the earliest. Some teams are able to work on multiple projects at the same time, but it depends on the business. Companies cannot book the same electrician or plumber to work in two places at once. Getting on a contractor’s schedule several months in advance of the project gives you a higher chance of finding a time that works for them and also for you.
Select Optimal Timing for Your Household
As anyone who has completed a large renovation for their homes can tell you, these projects tend to take longer than you initially expect. Depending on the project, it can also rule over certain aspects of your home life. Most homeowners don’t have a six-month period where they are sitting around doing nothing. Since some projects can take most of a year, you may want to time certain stages around various commitments. For example, if you have a long vacation planned, you’ll want to make sure that work on the project isn’t going to interfere with your relaxation plans. If one of your children is getting married next year and planning to host the reception at your newly-remodeled home, you may need to schedule it to be done well in advance.
Provide a Cushion for Delays
When you consult with a contractor to remodel your home, what you receive is an estimate. This estimate covers the time that it will take, as well as the money it will cost. Of course, no one can tell the future, which means that there may be unexpected delays. A weakness in the supply chain could mean that a material you choose for the project won’t be available for several weeks. If you don’t want to compromise on the selection, you may need to be flexible about the timing. Scheduling the project to be done long before you actually need it will make these delays much less stressful.
Give Yourself Time to Prepare
The last reason to start early involves providing for your own needs. Major home remodeling projects tend to disrupt your home life. If you are upgrading your kitchen or renovating the entire house, you might not have reasonable living space throughout the project. To get ready, you may need to pack most of your belongings to a different place to preserve their condition. You will probably need to find alternative housing for at least part of the project. Starting early gives you the time to explore your options and choose one that will present you with the least hassle.