When the autumn days get shorter and colder, chances are you start to hunker down at home. You might have tucked away a few ideas and plans for home remodeling projects. But like most of us, you’re probably putting most of them off until spring.
Perhaps you should reconsider. The truth is, right now—late fall and early winter—is the best time to schedule home remodeling projects. We often experience a big rush right after the first of the year. So if you want to secure your ideal dates, it’s a great time to start the ball rolling with a call to Weather Tight.
How to Decide if It’s Time to Schedule Home Remodeling Projects
If you live in Southeastern Wisconsin, chances are you know mild weather and tolerable temperatures are fleeting as we approach Wisconsin winters. As colder temperatures bring time constraints into our daily lives, most of us aren’t thinking about home remodels or installing new windows. But when a cold breeze makes its way through a problem window at night, or we find ourselves reaching for socks, sweaters, and blankets in the house, it’s time to think about making some changes.
Like many Wisconsin homeowners, maybe you get out the tape and plastic when the winter weather hits, hoping to seal out Jack Frost and keep your home more comfortable. But did you know that this isn’t a necessary part of life in the Midwest? If you have quality windows that work, air infiltration isn’t a problem—the temperature in your home should stay consistent.
One of the most common comments after window replacement is, “I wish I had done it sooner! What a difference!” Replacing your windows can greatly increase the comfort of your home. What’s more, you can select the windows that you want. Upgrade your windows to a larger frame that lets in more light, or convert a traditional window to a bay window to brighten the space.
Signs that it may be time to update your windows include:
- Windows that are hard to open.
- Windows that don’t lock properly.
- Drafty windows.
- Frames that are degraded, peeling, or damaged.
- Signs of wood rot near the windows.
- Glass that’s cloudy, damaged, or broken.
See what’s possible for window updates in this video from Tod & Todd:
We see these signs in windows of any age—even newer homes. Often the windows that contractors put in during a build are the cheapest option and are not built to last. So if your windows don’t seem to be doing their job, it’s probably not your imagination. New windows make a world of difference, and there’s no time like the present to get started!
Scheduling Roofing, Siding, Doors, and More
What about those other home updates? When is the best time to schedule home remodeling projects like siding, roofing, doors, and trim?
One sign that it’s time to schedule home remodeling projects is if you feel less than satisfied with the look of your home. Curb appeal is essential, and if shingles are pealing, paint is chipped, or the siding is dented and falling off, it’s time to invest in home updates. When company comes for the holidays, will you cringe a little, wishing you’d done a few of the repairs before the weather changed?
Or maybe you plan to figure out your home updates in the spring when it warms up. If scraping, sanding, and painting are on your spring to-do list, consider saving yourself time and effort by upgrading to vinyl or composite siding. Our exterior finishes are low maintenance with easy upkeep.
As for roofing and trim, keep an eye on the winter weather and your roof. Do you experience issues like ice damming? Are your shingles curling up? Do you see particles of roofing materials in the runoff? These are all indications you may have a roofing issue.
Besides the obvious signs like missing shingles or leaky spots in the ceiling, the biggest warning that your roof has a problem is loose and curled shingles. The discoloration is also a sign that your roof may have some damage and be due for an update.
Another tale-tell sign that it’s time to schedule home remodeling projects, like new doors, is if your home feels cold and drafty, particularly around the entryway. We’ve seen homes where snow drifts under doors or door frames, and knobs get icy and wet when the weather turns! Yikes!
Doors should seal tightly, lock easily, and provide a safe, secure entrance to your home. Winter weather should stay outside where it belongs.
If you see any of these signs, it’s time to schedule home remodeling projects and updates now. Don’t wait until spring or suffer through a long winter. Let’s get the ball rolling and schedule you ahead of the post-new-year rush!
Should You Schedule Home Remodeling Before or After the Holidays?
The hustle and bustle that comes with the holidays can be challenging. We’re truly our busiest during this time of year. Most of us aren’t thinking of scheduling home updates right now. We’re probably postponing those big projects until spring.
But the reality is that scheduling home remodeling projects can take some time. Most people decide to update their homes in the spring, which means they start making scheduling calls in February or March; this can mean facing a spring rush, where projects can take months to get on the calendar.
The other advantage of calling to get a consultation and an estimate now is that manufacturers haven’t started their annual increases on material costs. That means you’ll still take advantage of this year’s prices but can schedule the project after the holidays are behind us.
It’s also good to note that many of our home remodeling projects can be scheduled and tackled right now without disrupting your day-to-day life. We work in almost all kinds of weather, and we’re careful to minimize disruptions. Most projects are at least partially completed outdoors, making noise, mess, and interruptions minimal and easy to deal with.
Think of welcoming guests for the holidays in a beautiful, comfortable, and updated home. Don’t put off scheduling home updates until the spring thaw. Call or click here now to schedule your free, in-home estimate. We’ll help you beautify your home without adding (too much) more to your already full plate.
Plan now for your next home remodel project and enjoy a smooth and stress-free experience with Weather Tight!