Nationally, spring and summer are popular seasons for remodeling, but they might not be the best times to work on your project. In Houston, the winter reprieve from non-stop air conditioning might prompt you to get the doors and windows open for a remodeling project.
Ideally, you’ll work with a contractor on your remodel before the busy season is in full effect which will allow ample time and resources to complete your project. The weather has an effect, as well. For example, installing new windows in 100-degree heat is probably a bad idea. So is pouring concrete in hurricane season. However, with some early planning and a little flexibility, you might be able to get your project in motion well before the main rush, allowing you to finish a little earlier and allowing your contractor to work more efficiently.
When to Remodel: Season By Season
The best time to remodel is, of course, going to change depending on the project you are planning. In most cases, it is a good idea to have your project take place at least two months before or after your contractor gets busy. Have your heating unit replaced in mid to late summer; have your A/C replaced in the winter. As window replacements are often summer projects, try to book in early spring. You’ll want the new deck ready for spring so why not contact a deck designer in the winter?
Another advantage of planning work in the last quarter is cutting through the red tape a little faster. In winter, your local government offices are a little less busy so it may take you less time to get all the permits you need. Scheduling an inspector can be a little easier, which means you can move from phase to phase in shorter periods of time.
Get Recommendations First
According to ConsumerAffairs.com, the first step in finding the right home improvement contractor is to create a list of 10-15 local contractors who have the right expertise. You’ll gradually narrow down this list to the top contenders and ultimately use it to select your contractor, so it’s best to include more names than you’ll need at this point.
Successful contractors will make it easy for you to get in touch with them and see examples of their work. Be cautious of home improvement contractors who lack: basic information, a website, social media presence, and independent reviews.
Choose a contractor who specializes in the type of remodel you need then check the portfolio of their projects from at least the last year. At least ten projects will represent the work. It should include: before photos, during the remodel and after project completion, blueprints, sketches or other plans.
Any reputable contractor will expect you to ask for a list of references. A typical reference list will include multiple jobs with the name, address and telephone number of each customer. As you talk with each contractor’s references, eliminate any contractors that get bad or ambivalent reviews. Then decide which of the remaining references to visit in person to see the work; choose people who seem open and forthcoming, whose projects are similar to yours and, ideally, who live close to you.
Go With Your Gut
Local area contractors who have been in business for a long time are usually reliable and safe bets for projects. If they didn’t do good work in your community, they wouldn’t still be around. But meet the team in person. A contractor could be in your home and around your family for days, weeks, or even months so if you don’t like a contractor for any reason, don’t hire him or her.
Home Remodeling Contractors In Houston
The best time to start your project is when you are ready and have found the best contractor for your project. The professionals at Century Construction Services are certified, insured, professionally trained, and highly experienced. Every client relationship centers on design and construction that improves the look and the value of the property.