Bob Vila Radio: The Cost-Cutting Secret Only Contractors Know

Sticking to a tight budget on your home remodel? Planning ahead only goes so far to keep those costs under control. Luckily, it turns out there's a season for savings—and we're in it!

By Bob Vila | Updated Sep 16, 2020 7:18 PM

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There’s no reason to wait until spring to tackle that home improvement project. In most areas of the country, winter is the slow season for construction, which makes it the best time to start (and save!) on a major renovation or remodel.



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Since contractors take on fewer jobs in the cold months, you’ll have a better chance of hiring your first choice—and they’ll have more time to plan and discuss all of the details with you. Government agencies aren’t as busy either, and permit applications will probably be processed and approved faster. Another plus? Appliance suppliers often slash prices when temperatures drop, making any kitchen remodel more affordable.

As long as it’s not snowing or raining, consider tackling exterior projects like pouring a patio, staining your deck, or building an addition. The winter chill will keep you cool while you work on your outdoor oasis—and with the head start, your backyard will have a brand-new look by the time warmer weather rolls back around.

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