Consumer Alert: Timing Renovations

Timing is everything. Especially when it comes to finding a contractor to help remodel your kitchen or update that bathroom you've been meaning to spruce up.
    Consumer Reports' Ryan Robbins says a good time to contact one is around the end of the year.
    "Homeowners are always scrambling to finish their kitchen and bath projects by the time thanksgiving rolls around--the end of the year holidays. Then there's the natural lull in January. That's when you want to schedule your project. And if it's really slow sometimes you can negotiate a five to ten percent discount," he says. 
     Consumer Reports says timing is important with new appliances too, because many tend to go on sale at the end of the year. 
  "Believe it or not, the winter is also a great time to tackle landscaping projects. The trees are bare so it's a great time to prune. You can see exactly which branches you need to cut," says Robbins.
   Consumer Reports says springtime is your best chance for finding a roofer because summertime is traditionally when roofers are busiest. And you might be able to save here too.
    "Springtime is also great for pruning concrete patios, walkways, driveways, sidewalks, because concrete cures best when it's damp and cool outside," says Robbins.
   And the best time to paint your house is in the fall when temperatures are moderate, because if it's too hot or cold, the paint won't bond properly.