Best time of the year for every home improvement project

A renovation project for each season

Homeownership comes with a never-ending list of home improvement projects, and being able to time them right can be tricky. Ultimately, the best time for a home improvement project is when you have the time. But if you’re eager to plan projects to set yourself up for success, consider which season has the right weather patterns, minimizes future maintenance issues and makes it easiest to hire professionals. Read on for the best time of year for 12 home improvement projects.

FILE- In this Dec. 5, 2008, file photo, painting contractor Andrew Lohr finishes the first coat on his living room wall in Portland, Ore. Home improvements can rejuvenate a stale dwelling. A fresh coat of paint on the walls can make for a quick makeover. (AP Photo/Greg Wahl-Stephens, File)
Interior paint Best time of year: Winter The benefit of painting inside is that you have air conditioning and heating. “We paint interiors all year-round because of that climate control,” says Tina Nokes, co-owner of Five Star Painting in Loudoun County, Virginia, which is a part of Neighborly, a network of home service providers. Your biggest concern when it comes to a quality indoor paint job is humidity — so if you’re in the middle of a humid summer, it’ll take longer for a room to dry and it will dry unevenly. If you’re worried about humidity levels inside, paint your interior rooms during the winter, when the air is driest. Photo: AP/Greg Wahl-Stephens (AP/Greg Wahl-Stephens)
Hand of an electrician with multimeter probe at an electrical switchgear cabinet
Electrical updates Best time of year: Winter Electrical work can happen just about any time of year, unless it’s during rain or a thunderstorm, for obvious safety reasons, explains Dennis Burke, owner of Mr. Electric of Southeast New Hampshire, which is also a Neighborly company. What truly makes winter a winner for electrical updates is that you’ll be avoiding the bulk of competing homeowners. Burke says late spring and early summer see a big influx of requests from clients, as well as late summer as people go on vacation. “Labor Day to Thanksgiving is also really busy,” he says. Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto/BernardaSv (Getty Images/iStockphoto/BernardaSv)
Carpenter bees attacking your wooden deck or porch? Mike McGrath suggests homeowners try building the bees an alternative habitat, almond oil can also help. But applying a paint or wood stain will be the only long-term solution to stop those pollinators in their tracks. (Thinkstock)
Building a deck Best time of year: Winter An outdoor project like a backyard deck seems like a natural undertaking for summer, but it’s actually just the opposite. Deck builders and contractors report that pressure-treated wood, which is best for building a deck, stabilizes best when humidity is low. Additionally, the increased sun exposure in summer can cause the surface of a deck to crack, and cloudier winter days help avoid early damage. If you live in a particularly cold climate, aim for early winter to avoid the bulk of snowfall and temperatures that are too cold for contractors to work outside. Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto/volgariver (Getty Images/iStockphoto/volgariver)
bathroom (Courtesy of Oak Hill Building and Remodeling)
Full-room remodel Best time of year: Winter or spring Remodeling or updating a well-loved room in your home can happen any time of year, but it’s best to be proactive and avoid higher labor costs or jampacked contractor schedules during the summer months. HomeAdvisor reports that July is the busiest month for bathroom remodel requests, with 48 percent of homeowners indicating they’re ready to hire and start work immediately. Avoid the rush by scheduling your remodel earlier in the year. Photo: Oak Hill Building & Remodeling
Cleaning out gutters Best time of year: Early spring and fall The gutters along your roofline collect leaves, twigs and other debris over time. When they get too full, the drains can clog and cause water to sit along the edges of the roof and get inside the house or continue to weigh down the gutters. Avoid any problems by cleaning out your gutters in the fall, when leaves are most likely to make their way in, and again in early spring so the path for water is clear before April showers roll in. If you’re not comfortable on a ladder or you have a high roofline, consider hiring professional help that will take proper safety precautions. Photo: Thinkstock
Hand with mop ?leaning wooden floor and skirting boards.
New floors Best time of year: Spring or fall The best time to install wood flooring is during parts of the year with the least extreme conditions. In spring and fall, you’ll avoid peak humidity and dry air, both of which can cause problems like bowing and warped wood or cracking in too-dry conditions. Plus, you can open windows to ventilate the smell of wood stain or carpet adhesive, and you’re least likely to have the heat or air cranking in spring and fall. Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto/Lex20 (Getty Images/iStockphoto/Lex20)
Picket Fence
Updating a deck or fence Best time of year: Spring, summer or fall The wood on a deck may fare better in winter, but staining a deck or painting a fence often requires additional weather consideration. “Decks and fences are a little more finicky (than painting a house exterior). We need it to be even warmer, around 40 to 50 degrees,” Nokes says. A good deck staining or painting company will recommend a timeline specific to temperatures where you live to avoid an incomplete, delayed or flawed project. Photo: Getty Images/Ingram Publishing/Ingram Publishing (Getty Images/Ingram Publishing/Ingram Publishing)
A house under construction is painted Friday, May 4, 2018, near Roseville, Calif. Federal data released Friday shows California has surpassed the United Kingdom to become the world's fifth largest economy, with real estate and financial services leading other economic sectors in driving the state's economic growth. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
Exterior paint Best time of year: Late spring, summer, early fall New paint will freshen up the look of your exterior walls, and painting is a doable project for a decent chunk of the year. Temperatures have to stay above 35 degrees for exterior painting, so in the early days of spring and late days of fall, weather-dependent work may be delayed if temperatures drop. For this reason, Nokes keeps clients on a watch list: “If we get a warm snap, I’ll call them right away,” she says. Photo: AP/Rich Pedroncelli (AP/Rich Pedroncelli)
FILE- This May 4, 2018, file photo shows a house under construction in Roseville, Calif. On Thursday, Aug. 16, the Commerce Department reports on U.S. home construction in July. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
Home addition Best time of year: Late spring, summer, early fall For outdoor work, it’s best to avoid the seasons that will bring inclement weather and delay the project. Plan for the project to begin after the chance of snow in your region has passed, and shoot for a completion date before the frost returns in the fall to reduce the chances of delays. But be sure to schedule all professionals well in advance. In fact, Burke says a month to two months’ advance notice is often needed for electricians to complete an estimate, plan a contract and schedule work. Photo: AP/Rich Pedroncelli (AP/Rich Pedroncelli)
FILE- In this July 23, 2018, file photo construction workers put down roofing paper on home in Houston. General contractors and other small businesses in the home remodeling industry can expect revenue to slow in 2019, the result of rising mortgage rates and sluggish home sales. That's the prediction of Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies, which last week issued its quarterly report on home remodeling. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
Roof repair and replacement Best time of year: Summer, early fall It’s a given that you don’t want people working on your roof in icy or wet conditions. As a result, the best time of year for roof repair or replacement is also when the professionals are busiest. Be sure to plan roof replacement a month or two in advance to avoid having to wait with possible leaks causing damage to the inside of your home. Photo: AP/David J. Phillip (AP/David J. Phillip)
HVAC care Best time of year: Early fall Any repairs to your heating, ventilation and air conditioning system should be done as soon as you notice an issue, but if you’re planning to do routine maintenance, schedule a professional long before you’ll need to turn on the heat. That way, any potential problems that could leave you without heat are found and fixed before the first cold nights of the season. The same goes for air conditioning in the late spring and summer. Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto/Maudib (Getty Images/iStockphoto/Maudib)
FILE - In this July 20, 2017, file photo, the Kenmore Elite Smart French Door Refrigerator appears on display at a Sears store in West Jordan, Utah. Private equity firm ESL Investments is offering to buy struggling Sear’s Kenmore brand and home improvement unit. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
New appliances Best time of year: Fall Consumers can expect everything from washing machines and oven ranges to refrigerators to sport discounts leading up to the holidays. Even if you’re not updating your kitchen until May (and your home can accommodate an extra oven or fridge for five months), keep an eye out for deals. Stores that sell appliances like Sears, Lowe’s and Home Depot are known to regularly offer holiday weekend deals. Photo: AP/Rick Bowmer (AP/Rick Bowmer)
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FILE- In this Dec. 5, 2008, file photo, painting contractor Andrew Lohr finishes the first coat on his living room wall in Portland, Ore. Home improvements can rejuvenate a stale dwelling. A fresh coat of paint on the walls can make for a quick makeover. (AP Photo/Greg Wahl-Stephens, File)
Hand of an electrician with multimeter probe at an electrical switchgear cabinet
Carpenter bees attacking your wooden deck or porch? Mike McGrath suggests homeowners try building the bees an alternative habitat, almond oil can also help. But applying a paint or wood stain will be the only long-term solution to stop those pollinators in their tracks. (Thinkstock)
bathroom (Courtesy of Oak Hill Building and Remodeling)
Hand with mop ?leaning wooden floor and skirting boards.
Picket Fence
A house under construction is painted Friday, May 4, 2018, near Roseville, Calif. Federal data released Friday shows California has surpassed the United Kingdom to become the world's fifth largest economy, with real estate and financial services leading other economic sectors in driving the state's economic growth. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
FILE- This May 4, 2018, file photo shows a house under construction in Roseville, Calif. On Thursday, Aug. 16, the Commerce Department reports on U.S. home construction in July. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
FILE- In this July 23, 2018, file photo construction workers put down roofing paper on home in Houston. General contractors and other small businesses in the home remodeling industry can expect revenue to slow in 2019, the result of rising mortgage rates and sluggish home sales. That's the prediction of Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies, which last week issued its quarterly report on home remodeling. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
FILE - In this July 20, 2017, file photo, the Kenmore Elite Smart French Door Refrigerator appears on display at a Sears store in West Jordan, Utah. Private equity firm ESL Investments is offering to buy struggling Sear’s Kenmore brand and home improvement unit. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

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