It’s no secret that Minnesota suffers some pretty harsh winters. Roads are covered in black ice, snow falls by the foot, and the below-freezing temperatures place most construction on hold.
Naturally, most homeowners assume that the best time to hire a contractor for a kitchen remodel is in the spring and summer when the weather is more cooperative.
But what if I told you that it may actually be a better idea to remodel your kitchen in the dead of winter?
It’s true that sunny days are best when it comes to working outside, but indoor renovations can happen no matter the weather.
Of course, I wouldn’t suggest installing a swimming pool or building a new deck in January, but there is much more to consider when planning a remodeling project than the temperature. Remodeling your kitchen during the winter months can end up saving you time, money, and hassle.
More contractors are available in the off-season
Most homeowners wait until the warmer months to begin a home renovation, so the winter months of November to March are a Minnesota contractor’s off-season. This is due in part because many people assume that home improvement projects can only be completed in the spring and summer, and also because they wait until after the holidays and tax seasons are over.
Most contractors spend the summer months juggling several projects at once, answering inquiries, and meeting with potential clients. Contractors are more likely to turn down work during this time if they have too many other projects going on, so you will have fewer options to choose between.
It will be much easier to find a contractor in the winter when they aren’t running around all the time and are looking for work. Since demand is lower in the winter, contractors may be willing to offer more affordable prices or discounts.
Also, contractors that are dealing with multiple clients at once have more on their plates, which often results in delays. Hiring a contractor when they aren’t at their busiest means that they will be more timely, attentive, efficient, and less prone to mistakes.
However, it’s not only the contractor that’s busiest during the peak summer season. If your remodel requires you to acquire a permit or get a professional inspection done, you’ll have to deal with scheduling these as well and your project could be delayed even further.
Demand is lower in the winter months
The price of building materials fluctuates depending on the time of year and the demand. Materials are in high demand in the summer and lower demand in the winter when fewer contractors are placing orders.
If you remodel your kitchen in the winter, lead times for cabinets and countertops will be shorter because suppliers will have more inventory in stock. In the summer, when every contractor in the area is placing orders for materials, there’s a greater chance that orders will get delayed or mixed up.
Cold weather can actually be favorable for a renovation
Since a kitchen renovation happens indoors, you won’t lose any days to weather, but you should consider how often you will be moving materials in and out of your home.
If the weather is hot and humid and there’s a lot of movement in and out of your home, the air conditioning will work overtime to compensate for the flow of outside air. This can make for a pricey utility bill. Cooler months allow for more comfortable temperatures
Also, plants and lawns are dormant in the winter, so there’s a lower chance of damage from the contractors moving materials in and out of your home.
It can also be easier to bring things in and out when the ground is frozen, instead of being potentially wet and muddy in the spring and summer.
If you’re looking for a contractor to remodel your kitchen in the Twin Cities area, contact us today for a free consultation!