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Depending on where you live and the local climate, the summer months can be an ideal time to do home renovations, especially if outdoor work is involved.

There are several reasons to consider summer renovations:

  • Contractors often are more willing to work during the summer
  • Greater availability of less-expensive labour
  • You may be able to negotiate a better deal
  • Many other people won’t schedule renovations while kids are out of school
  • Many others won't schedule renovations due to conflicts with vacations and family trips
  • Many others schedule renovations in the fall to beat the winter weather and holidays.

Here are ideas for projects that can be completed more efficiently in the summer and may save you time and money along the way:

Driveway Paving

If you have an asphalt driveway that’s loaded with patches of grass growing through the cracks, summer is the best season to have it redone. The main reason is that asphalt is much easier to work with in higher temperatures, so you can avoid problems and additional costs by doing it right the first time.

Kitchen

If you plan to gut your kitchen and do a complete remodel, you may be faced with eating in restaurants until the work is finished. Since that can get expensive, another alternative is to cook outdoors. If you have a grill and burner, you’ve already got what you need to cook a majority of your meals.

Home Addition

Adding a room or an upper floor will require you to open up your home to the elements. Doing this during the summer will likely minimize the exposure and allow the work to be completed more quickly. It will also probably save you money in the process.

Landscaping

The summer months are also a good time to upgrade your landscaping and home exterior. If you’re thinking about saving time and money maintaining your yard, consider a landscape design that incorporates native plants that don’t require much water or fertilizer. It’s also a good time to install an automatic sprinkler system that is timed to turn on and off at the best times of day.

General Maintenance

Summer is a good time to get things done outside, when your neighbors are on vacation and some contractors may be looking for work. Accomplish common maintenance items such as caulking windows, applying weather stripping, cleaning gutters, washing windows, repairing fences, treating wooden decks, painting the exterior or adding siding.

Source: Michael Sanibel, Investopedia.com

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