Homeowners may consider a renovation project for any number of reasons, and the extent of work that needs to be done can vary between projects. It may be a simple “facelift” of a tired-looking kitchen, or may involve more extensive work like building a kitchen extension.
Either way, timing is key for keeping costs down and ensuring that the work can be carried out in as little time as possible, with few complications.
The time of year in which you choose to renovate can drastically effect your home improvement experience, so when really is the best time for us to start planning a kitchen renovation?
January – March
A kitchen renovation may have been on your mind for a while, whether it be a case of modernising your existing space or extending it to increase the practicality of your kitchen.
The New Year has arrived and everyone seems more motivated to make their New Year’s resolutions work. So, why not make yours your remodelling project?
Planning your kitchen renovation at this time of year is not a bad idea. Planning in the Winter months will give you plenty of thinking space to consider the options available, and with this time of year generally being quiet for those in the building trade, now is a great time to get the work booked in before the diary becomes booked out.
If you are impatient to get started, you should prioritise internal work first. Conditions outdoors may still be Wintery and unreliable, but you can still make a start with relatively simple jobs indoors, like replacing your internal doors.
April – June
The re-emergence of sunshine and warm weather releases us from our Winter hibernation, and we are more motivated than ever to make those changes to our living space. Because of this, generally, Spring is the season where most homeowners tend to approach reputable home builders (like Rotelle homes, for example) to carry out their home builds and renovations smoothly.
As a result, these months are usually the busiest time of the year for builders. You may find that a price you have been quoted for the work will change drastically at this time of the year as tradesmen may be charging premium prices for their time and materials. This is something you will need to take into account when budgeting for your project.
Outdoor projects like building decking, patios and extensions are good to plan for the Spring season. Not only is the weather usually fair, but the work on your outdoor project is also likely to be complete for you to enjoy in the coming Summer months.
July – September
The Summer months are a popular time for having work on your home carried out. For many, a Summer holiday is scheduled to take the family away from all of the inconveniences of a home renovation, returning to a refreshed home once the remodel has been completed. The warmer weather and bright, long days also help to create a productive working environment.
In Summer, your tradesmen are less likely to be disturbed by heavy rain, however soaring temperatures can also be a worry. With an unexpected surge in temperatures, such as we had in the Summer of this year, builders will be cautious about the safety of their workers and will advise if it’s simply too hot for the job, which could delay your renovation.
October – December
Whilst the early Autumn/Winter months can be ideal for commencing construction, most homeowners will ideally be wanting the work on their home to be finished by this time of year. As the festive season approaches there is often a rush to get things finished by mid-November.
However, if you are open to having work carried out and tradespeople in your home over the holidays, this can be a really good time to schedule your kitchen remodel. Upgrading your appliances, investing in laminate kitchen worktops and changing the colour scheme within your kitchen are all brilliant ways to bring it up to date. Business tends to be slower for contractors at this time of year and materials may even be less expensive. However, the holidays may disrupt the shipping of your materials, so it’s a good idea to allow some extra time in your renovation schedule.
It’s all in the timing!
When planning your project it is important to be realistic, and to have realistic expectations for the time it will take to have the work on your home carried out. Don’t decide in January to build a kitchen extension and expect the foundations to be dug in February.
Realistically, you will need time to research and schedule builders, and equally the builder will need time to plan the project, order materials and schedule his team. You should allow several weeks for planning your remodel, no matter what time of year!