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  • Writer's pictureAmrita Hemdev, CMO at Green Bay Remodeling and Development

Why December 2020 is The Perfect Month for Planning Your Home Remodeling Projects (And More)

We understand how challenging this year has been for all of us from almost every aspect. The pandemic situation that we all went through has greatly influenced decisions to decorate, renovate, remodel, or design our homes. With plans of home improvement put on hold this year, now is an excellent time to reconsider and bring in 2021 with a flattering and fresh look.

Harvard University has predicted that the fourth quarter of this year will see a 3.4% increase in home remodels and continue to see a 4.1% surge in 2021's first quarter. Bank of America polled 1K+ Americans about their attitudes and shopping habits during coronavirus and found that more than 70% have decided to tackle home improvement and remodeling projects, with more planned for 2021.

Here are six reasons why December may be the best time to start your home remodeling projects:

  1. To welcome the New Year - It's the most quintessential time of the year to finish off all the home improvement tasks for offering a warm welcome to the New Year. It is also the holiday season when people get enough time to look after renovation projects in the Bay Area.

  2. Great weather for building foundations and replacing furnishings – If you are thinking of replacing furniture and house accessories, December will be an excellent time for it. As the weather is dry and cold, you will not experience serious problems. So, you can invest money in home improvement without getting concerned. Also, cooler ground and dry air are better for digging foundations and pouring concrete footers than muddy ground and humidity.

  3. To take advantage of the end of the year sales – Usually, there are discounts and offers on various products given by several suppliers of home décor and renovation materials during December. Grabbing this opportunity is a smart move to consider for a homeowner looking to refurbish a home.

  4. It is less busy for general contractors - Spring and summer are the busiest time for most builders, so it's probably when you'll pay the most money for their time and materials. To get more personalized attention to your project, get your project started before Spring starts.

  5. Get ready for spring - Projects like decks, patios, and outdoor rooms are good to plan for this timeframe to enjoy the patio and outdoor space in the coming spring and summer months.

  6. Increased market value in time - Realtors also generally have their peak season in the warmer months. Lots of people wait until their kids finish school for the year before they move. If you schedule your home improvement project during the winter, you can have it completed in time to beat the rush for spring and summer listings.

So, what kind of home remodeling or construction projects should you start in the month of December?

Kitchen and Bathroom Remodeling - You will need approval from your city or other authorities for kitchen and bathroom remodeling projects. One of the easiest ways to get these kinds of permissions expedited is to submit it when they have a shorter queue of requests--in the winter months.

Kitchen Remodel in Dublin by Green Bay Remodeling

Bathroom Remodel in Alamo by Green Bay Remodeling

Garage Conversions and Building ADUs- If you plan to turn your unfinished attic or garage into extra living space or create an additional dwelling unit, this is a great time to do so. With the continuous surge in rental rates in the Bay Area, you can grab the opportunity to rent it out in the warmer months when there is high demand in California.

Additional Dwelling Unit built by Green Bay Remodeling in Walnut Creek

Home additions - Additions often mean structural changes to the house, which may require structural reinforcements. Spring and summer weather may make the air humid and the earth muddy. This means that a moderate winter can provide your contractor with an ideal time to pour or repair foundations. Also, reasonably dry winters can give workers plenty of time to get the frames for new construction covered before spring rainfalls hit.

Living Room Extension with Fireplace Addition by Green Bay Remodeling

Create a new deck/patio - If you want to enjoy such new additions as a patio, deck, or other outdoor living space in the spring, it only makes sense to get your work completed in the winter. Also, it can take time to draw up plans and get approvals. If you start some projects in the winter, you'll be ready to begin work in the spring.

Deck Addition by Green Bay Remodeling in Novato

No matter what time of year it is, look for a contractor that will offer you a stress-free experience. They will listen to you and can offer suggestions about the timing of your work. In that way, you can maximize your investment and work around your requirements.

With the right contractor, you'll have the chance to cooperate in developing a schedule that will incorporate both your convenience and your expectations for excellent and timely results.


Get Started With Your Home Remodeling Plans Today

Located here in the Bay Area, Green Bay Remodeling sometimes finds many advantages of remodeling in December and how it can benefit homeowners. If you’re thinking about home improvement, Get in touch with us to schedule a free consultation with our specialist.

Our home remodeling and construction projects have satisfied customers for over a decade, and we would be delighted to offer you our design-to-build services.


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