From Margaret on October 24th, 2011 in Bathroom Remodel
If you’re thinking of renovating your bathroom, do so in the fall and winter months. A bathroom remodel gets you the highest return on investment, as well as immediate savings on energy and water bills. You can even get government rebates by installing energy-efficient fixtures.
And beyond all of this—you can save even more money by completing this project in the months ahead. How? Read on.
Contractor bids can be cheaper
Because the winter months are more off-season than summer, contractors are often flexible on their bids and what they’re willing to charge for a remodel. Not to mention that their comparative availability allows them to put greater focus and efficiency into your bathroom remodel.
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Remember to have a plan in mind before getting bids, and an estimated cost and timeline for the project. Small details may change along the way, but you will go forward much more smoothly and cost-effectively with a plan.
Materials are less expensive
In general, the demand for materials is lower in winter. This is a great time to acquire that granite bathroom countertop or natural stone. In summer months, you’d have to save on materials by choosing lesser products, but you can save in winter simply by your good timing. You can strike a deal and negotiate better bargains on the exact materials you have always wanted.
Take advantage of rebates
Many appliances qualify for government rebates when they are rated as ecologically beneficial. There are many incentives available for green remodeling—you just have to know how to qualify and apply. Some rebates run out at the end of the year, making this an important time to get to that project you’ve been thinking about and qualify to save yourself money.
Not to mention that you’ll save more energy and water in the winter when you’re around more, as opposed to summer months when you’re more likely to be out and about.
More time to DIY
You can save money on a professional bathroom remodel by considering what small tasks you can finish yourself. Perhaps you are looking to put in all new materials and a new tub, but you can do the paint job on the walls yourself. Maybe you are a master at hanging racks and installing knobs and other hardware. Consider what you can do during those chill football watching weekends, or even during the holidays. You’ll be glad you did.