The Best Time of Year for Home Improvements

There’s more than weather to consider when scheduling a home improvement project.

Event Planning

Most people planning a home improvement project strive to get it all wrapped up before the major end-of-the-year holidays — Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year’s Eve. General contractors and their trade partners book up quickly as the holidays approach. When planning a home remodel, work backward with your contractor or Sears consultant to come up with the right start date. Try to tackle projects during the off-season to maximize availability.

Insider tip: Many remodelers and tradespeople are actually less busy over the holidays themselves. This could be a good time to schedule a contractor for an interior project like a powder room or basement remodel.

Weather Permitting

If you’re working on a large-scale home improvement project, like a complete home remodel, talk with your Sears consultant or general contractor about phasing the job so that it minimizes the inconvenience to your family and makes sense seasonably. For example, have the exterior siding and roofing done during the better weather months, and save the bath, master suite and kitchen remodel for the colder, wetter months. This will also help make sure that if the master bathroom is under construction, another one is available to use in the interim.

Juggling Contractors

It takes a variety of experts to finish a project. Not only do you have to schedule with a general contractor, you’ll often need tradespeople like plumbers, electricians and drywallers for the job. If you schedule through Sears Home Services, your consultant will make sure that your home improvement project stays on schedule.

Plan of Attack

Whenever you decide to tackle your home improvements, plan early. Depending on the project’s scope and complexity, expecting a major renovation that begins in the summer to be done by Thanksgiving just might not be feasible. Start the process in early spring if you want to ensure the job’s done before Thanksgiving.