Remodeling a kitchen is certainly not a small job, and people who are looking to remodel can find that it is difficult to fit it around other things in their life. In this guide, we’re exploring the best time to remodel the kitchen, and whether there are seasonal considerations to think about. Or is it just a case of personal preference?
A lot of people are clever about their kitchen remodel and bundle a number of jobs into one, so the disruption is less. You can get plumbing jobs and even air conditioning services done at the same time so that you only have one period where things are awry in your home. If you’re looking to upgrade your appliances, refinishing your cabinets or rearranging your kitchen layout may be projects you want to consider bundling together.
Before You Start Your Kitchen Remodeling
A kitchen remodel is not something that you can just do on a whim. To avoid dragging project timelines or costly mistakes, you need some forethought. For instance, you should talk to multiple installers to get several quotes and line up contractors according to the appropriate order of things. You won’t be installing countertops before your cabinetry is done and you likely won’t want to put in nice new floors for them to get scuffed with all the pros coming in and out.
Consider the product lead times too. If you’ve had to order something that is bespoke or needs to be adjusted to fit your kitchen specifically then chances are it will be a while before they are ready. Placing custom orders well in advance of carrying out the work can help greatly.
Find Some Time in Your Schedule
There is no single best time for kitchen installation, but you need to think about what works with your own schedule. For example, if you have kids on summer break, this might not be the best time to have renovations done, or if you know that there are some family members coming to stay, or that you will be on vacation…the list goes on. The key thing is choosing a timeframe when you won’t be too distracted with work deadlines and you can spare non using your kitchen as much. On a positive side, it will be a great time to plan for some takeout meals or eating out with friends.
It’s also important to ask the schedule of the contractors or install companies you’re working with on your project to ensure there is alignment on convenient dates.
What Season is Best for Kitchen Remodeling?
Is there a specific season that you should look to get work done in your kitchen? It partially depends on what you are looking to get done. The work you need carried out will sometimes inform the decisions. However, if you are going to have doors and windows open, and workers coming in and out all the time, the winter is not ideal.
That said, most of the work for a kitchen remodel is carried out indoors, so it isn’t like getting your house exterior painted or a similar task. Some household maintenance really relies on the weather, but a kitchen remodel doesn’t matter so much (unless you’re creating an outdoor kitchen of course). Summer, or at least a dry period, is ideal, but not essential.
Fall is another popular time to start remodeling your kitchen. It’s easy to find a contractor in this period of the year and usually their schedule is more flexible. Another reason to start remodeling in fall is because this is the time when retailers clear out their current stocks before bringing in new models for the next year. Just make sure you don’t wait too long or you’ll run up on end of the year holidays.
Seasons With Deals and Discounts
Buying cabinets and fittings for your kitchen are not necessarily going to be cheap if you’re looking for quality. With a large project like this, it makes sense to shop around or to wait for a time when things are likely to be a little bit more affordable. If you have space to store your cabinets and furnishings then you are able to order whenever the materials are cheapest and then keep them ready for fitting.
Deals and discounts for kitchen cabinets and furnishings tend to follow the rest of the consumer products out there. For example, you might find that you can get your hands on things for cheaper during the January sales or Black Friday sales.
With some shopping tools, you can even set up alerts and order when the prices drop. As you will probably be planning your remodel for some time, it makes sense to take your time and shop around.
As well as seasonal deals and promotions, check if you can get a discount for any other reason, such as a military discount. If you work directly with a professional installer they may also be able to get trade discounts and pass these on to you. Some kitchen showrooms offer enticing financing options that could be worth exploring.
Researching the best time to remodel a kitchen is the right thing to do. However, it’s impossible to choose the exact right time to get a new kitchen. You will know when your kitchen is becoming a bit tired and needs some work, but that doesn’t mean you should get the work completed ASAP.
Consider your own schedule, when you will be free, when the weather is likely to allow for the work to be done quicker, and whether any events might get in the way. It’s hard to juggle work, other commitments, and the work being carried out in your home. On top of that, you need to work out when the professionals are going to be available. If you can, buy the materials when they’re cheapest, and pick a time that suits your family best before you start the work.
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