Which season of the year is the best to renovate your home?

Pros and Cons of Each Season

If you’re still not decided on which season of the year to renovate read this post.

Summer is the most popular time of year to renovate. Folks emerge from the holiday season ready to start planning, and therefore construction starts a few months later during June, July and August. 

Pros: Best weather

Cons: Most popular time of year to renovate, kids off school, could interfere with vacation plans, high humidity could interfere with painting jobs.

Fall is another popular time to renovate, as it’s the last chance to break ground on outdoor projects before the weather turns cold. Many folks that waited until the peak of renovation season to start planning can still get their project in that year if they schedule it for fall.

Pros: Get it done before the holiday season, materials may be more affordable during a lull in projects

Cons: May be too cold for outdoor project

Winter is the least popular time of year to renovate, as folks are consumed with holidays and the weather is cold. This is also why some people see it as the best time to renovate, as your contractor probably won’t have as much going on. If you’re looking for more attention and your project is inside and not weather dependent, this might be the perfect time to schedule construction.

Pros: Least popular time of year to renovate, good time of year to pour concrete

Cons: Weather could cause delays, get in the way of holiday celebrations, folks take off for holidays

Spring is busy season! Don’t expect to call up contractors in the spring and get a renovation date right away. They’ll already be fully booked! If you get your research and financing plans out of the way the year before, you can come into the spring renovation season ahead of the curve and first on your contractor’s to-do list. 

Pros: Most temperate weather, fewest extreme heat/cold days

Cons: Most popular time of year to renovate, materials harder to source in busy season

Whatever season you choose to start construction, you need to plan ahead. It’s best to plan far ahead with getting estimates, renovation plans, securing financing, considering furniture and finishes, and permitting, because it will all take longer than you think. 

For many people, the best season to renovate a kitchen is summer, because it’s easier to go without a kitchen if you’re on vacation. However, summer is also when contractors are at their busiest.

If you truly want to renovate during the summer, make sure to lock down a contractor in the spring.

The best time of year to add an addition to the home is early spring because the ground temperatures are perfect for laying additional foundation. Not to mention, this is before peak renovation season, so chances are you’ll get more attention on your project.

Spring is the busy season for landscapers, because the best time to begin planting is April or May, so that plants have a chance to grow before winter.We recommend talking to a landscaper in early spring so you can get on their list and get everything planted at the right time of year.

Late winter or early spring is the best time of year to start your bathroom renovation because it’s a slow season, so you’ll see better prices and more attention from contractors for your bathroom project.

Overall, the best time of year to renovate is the best time for you and your family after you’ve done the research and planning required.

On the other hand if you want to make some small surface restorations on your hard surfaces, you can purchase a DIY Surface Repair kit and do-it-yourself.

 Here’s 7 simple steps on how to repair hard kitchen and bathroom surfaces :

  1. Prepare the surface
  2. Apply Light Cure Acrylic
  3. Add Curing Strip
  4. Cure with LED light
  5. Remove curing strip
  6. Sand
  7. Polish

1. Prepare the Granite Surface

Clean the defect and around the area so that it is free from dust and dirt. Make sure the area is completely dry before proceeding to step 2.

2. Apply Light Cure Acrylic

Light Cure Acrylic is an effective repair material for nicks, gouges, chips, and  scratches in granite, and also in marble, porcelain, corian, travertine and other natural stone and acrylic surfaces. LCA™ is non-toxic and completely safe for food prep areas, so your countertop in the kitchen will be perfectly safe after the repair.

Place an applicator tip on the Light Cure Acrylic™ syringe and apply a small amount of repair acrylic in the granite defect. For best results, DO NOT OVERFILL. A perfectly filled and cured repair will not require sanding or polishing. We suggest that you make repairs in small sections, no larger than 1/4” or 6mm. Deeper damages will require curing in layers. Additional colors of Light Cure Acrylic™ repair material can be purchased for color blending applications. 

3. Add Curing Strip

Place a curing strip on top of the uncured Light Cure Acrylic. Using a small wooden stick, gently touch the top of the curing strip to help push the repair material into the damage. If your damage is larger than a curing strip, you can use clear packing tape, folded sticky side to sticky side. Packing tape is also helpful when repairing an edge, used as a retaining wall to hold the repair material in place. 

4. Cure with LED light

Focus the blue light just above the curing strip. The Light Cure Acrylic will not cure on its own. Exposure duration will depend on the size of the damage in the granite, but it is safe to start with 5-7 minutes. Before removing the curing strip, use the wooden stick to test for hardness. Additional LED exposure may be needed, especially for larger damages. We recommend focusing the LED light in different sections of the damage.

5. Remove the Curing Strip

Remove the curing strip and verify for a complete cure. If the repair remains tacky after additional LED exposure, you may use rubbing alcohol to gently wipe the repaired surface.

6. Sand

Use yellow 220 grit sandpaper to remove any over filled material. Rub in gentle circles. For increased shine, use grey 2000 grit wet sanding paper with a dab of water. Be extremely careful when sanding softer surfaces as hazing or scratching may occur if you are too aggressive. For best results, sand the repaired area to make it level with the surrounding granite.

7. Polish

Gently apply a few drops of polishing paste on the repaired area to wipe away dust while polishing the repaired granite for maximum shine.

 Happy Renovations folks!