We at K+BB polled our Editorial Advisory Board to see what time of year most of their K&B projects take place. The responses pretty much run the gamut, with many of them claiming that renovations are popular all year long. Spring and summer are popular seasons, but then others renovate more in the fall.
Read their responses and see where you fit in!
Our clients renovate Kitchens and Baths in spring and fall. Bonuses are paid in late February, and after being cooped up all winter, people welcome a change in springtime. In our area, the summer months are when everyone is outdoors and leaves town for their beach homes. Then in the fall, the race is on to complete before the holidays!
– Chuck Wheelock, Wheelock Maidique/Kitchen Design & Cabinetry
Our client(s) typically renovate during the spring and fall months while their children are still in school. We see a slowdown mid-May and a pick up within a few weeks of school starting. Clients tend to want to be around and involved during the renovation, so summer break is slow – unless they have sacrificed their vacation budget for the project.
– Glenn Ray, Kitchen Master Corp.
Spring is the biggest time here in the Northeast. Factors include bonuses that go out – especially in the financial sector. The weather also plays an important role, as people want to at least be able to grill outside when their kitchen is torn out. Early fall is next biggest – presumably to get the home ready for the holidays.
– Amy Ahearn, CKD, CAPS, Ahearn Cabinetry Designs
Spring then fall. I’d just add that there is always a segment of homeowners who are ok with remodeling around holidays and events, particularly when they do not typically host them. I’d split that segment into two parts: a) they want it when they want it, regardless of timing; and b) they are just Zen-type personalities and are not driven by events or bothered too much with inconveniences. The latter are the best clients!
– Susan Serra, CKD, CAPS,Susan Serra Associates and Bornholm Kitchen
We find a lot of clients want the design to start in the spring and be completed by winter. Most remodels take 12 weeks max, so it doesn’t take into the end of winter – they can usually be completed to enjoy for summer entertaining.
– Christopher Grubb, Arch-Interiors Design Group
Our renovations in New England are during spring (ordering in March and installing in April/May) due to tax refunds and having graduation parties. The next is fall to have their kitchens ready for the holidays (ordering in Aug/Sept and installing Sept/Oct). This is based on numbers I pulled from our 2012-2015 records.
– Brandy Souza, Kitchen Views
This past year has been an anomaly, but we typically see spikes in foot traffic/sales ramping up from September to November (because of holidays and kids are back to school) and then pick up again in late February early March so their projects are complete before summer, or weddings or parties.
– Michelle Henderson, Banner Plumbing Supply
My experience has always been that summer is the busiest season for remodels as well as new construction. The next push is fall after kids go back to school and holidays approach. Why do they choose that time? I think outdoor grilling, no school schedules and no weather to really contend with.
– Diane Lawson, Markraft Cabinets
My clients usually remodel after school starts so projects can end by Thanksgiving; and then it starts up again around New Years. If they have young children and can take vacation, they like to renovate in the summer during school vacation.
– Pam Goldstein, CMKBD, CAPS, ALLIED, ASID, Master Bath Kitchen Designers
I haven’t noticed a particular trend in when kitchens and baths get renovated, other than there’s a big push in spring and summer to get work wrapped up for the holidays. Then there’s a several-week lull as everyone celebrates the holidays, including New Year’s. Then on January 2nd, the phone starts ringing off the hook for the next season’s remodels!
– Doug Walter, Doug Walter Architects
We have been fortunate in that we are fairly consistently busy year round, except for during the last half of December. With that being said the end of winter and start of spring here in Chicago is the time when we experience peak volume for a number of new appointments and meet with people to discuss the planning for their remodel. People naturally gravitate toward starting the process at this time – it’s the state of mind of coming out of winter and a time of renewal for improving the home.
– Troy Pavelka, Normandy Design Build Remodeling
Our market does not seem to have a “perfect” time to remodel their kitchen – we do it all year! But I do have a fair amount of younger clients who have kids and we work around school schedules A LOT. We also try and time it for summer months so they can utilize outdoor grilling, etc. We are Coastal, so outdoors is a big deal, and we do try and stay away from holiday deadlines. It’s too stressful for all involved!
– Cheryl Kees Clendenon, In Detail Interiors
For us, January-May tends to be the busiest time for kitchen/bath projects to be in production. Lots of folks get everything selected and ordered in the fall/winter, so at the turn of the year, we begin a lot of the projects. Sounds like a lot of folks have said spring, which I would agree!
– Rachel Roberts, Kitchen & Bath Galleries of North Hills
In Virginia, we do not typically have a certain time of year that our clients renovate. In the summer, the weather can be extremely hot, and sometimes we deal with scheduling issues with hurricanes. Clients with children do like to renovate in the summer so we can work on their house while they are gone on a family vacation. In the winter, the weather can be extreme here, so we must warn clients of schedule changes since safety of our employees is a priority.
– Ebony Stephenson, Criner Remodeling
Projects in Southern California go year round, as we are not as impacted by weather as in the Northeast or other parts of the country.
– Sales Associate with Pirch
Our customers often make their first inquiry about a new kitchen in the winter on the heels of the holidays. That time of year brings out all the shortcomings of their existing space. Colder weather has them cooped up and feeling claustrophobic (open floor plan), it gets dark early (better lighting), they have just finished holiday entertaining and cookie baking (more countertop space), they dragged out seldom-used serve ware, punch bowls, etc. (accessible storage), and as relatives came and went, they were acutely aware that its looking a little tired (general updating).
– Cathy Osborne, Auer Kitchens
I will say in my world there isn’t a time of the year really at all, but some clients choose for work to be done during the summer since they have summer homes they can relocate to during the renovation.
– Kristina Crestin, Kristina Crestin Design
We are busy all year with sales from builders, designers, homeowners etc., and they usually work a month or two in advance at least, so I wouldn’t say there is a specific time that’s busier. If I had to choose a season, I would say summer because of the weather, but it’s not dramatic.
– Patti Baumann, Ferguson
There are three cycles to renovate:
1. January – April – post Christmas (interiors only)
2. May – August – post tax season and best weather
3. September – December – pre-Christmas and before the poor weather, somewhat post tax, HUGE realtor season.
– Corey Klassen, Corey Klassen Interior Design
In the Northwest we can remodel year round now, thanks to the moderate weather. When people choose to renovate depends on vacations, holidays and school schedules. Clients like doing a kitchen remodel when they can barbeque outside – which here can be from spring through fall. Some like doing it when the kids are in school so they aren’t around during the day with the contractors around; others with older kids like doing it during the summer so the kids will be at camps or outside or doing whatever their schedules require. As our winters have gotten more moderate, we see less of a drop in business during that time.
– Paula Kennedy, CMKBD, CAPS, Timeless Kitchen Design
We hope that remodeling is something that our clients always think about doing all year round. I can tell you, however, that many people who plan ahead often try to plan during the summer months – especially those who have families and/or may be off of work or school. Other homeowners, such as many of the snowbirds that we get here, also try to plan for work after the busy winter season when the crowds are less – especially in the condo market.
– Bill Feinberg, Allied Kitchen & Bath
Our busy time is January to May. This is when my clients give us their new ideas and get us to start quoting and designing. From May to November is our “get it done” time since the homes are mostly unoccupied and we can do demolition and renovation work.
– Sandra Espinet, Designer
I find most clients like to remodel in the summer here in the Northeast. The ability to barbeque outside seems to be very helpful for people staying in a suburban home during the remodel. There are also those who come in after the summer and realize they want to make some changes before the holidays. I discourage that in favor of good planning and starting the project at the beginning of the year. Starting at a time that is going to be the most stress free for the client in terms of events and commitments for the holidays, birthdays, etc., is the way I best like to approach the process.
– Toni Sabatino, Toni Sabatino Style
I think the timing today is more based on priority of need to remodel, space (capacity) and ability to remodel (budget and desire) and simplifying the process of remodeling (will it be easy to navigate and understand the buy?). I still believe there is a cycle of commonality (spikes, ebbs, etc.), but it is as fluid as the changes in our lifestyles and technology.
– Ray Wiese, CMKBD, The Wiese Company
Most of our construction in the North is dictated by climate, especially with new homes and additions. The goal is to get started in a climate-controlled environment before winter sets in so that the work can continue uninterrupted. In these cases, we try to schedule the shell construction to be completed by late fall.
– David Hagney, AIA, ACHA, NCARB, LEED AP, Hagney Architects
We have found that in the last few years the work is steady no matter what the time of year. Some clients want it done while their kids are in school; others want to have the work performed while they are away during the summer. I really see it as steady across the board. It is not unusual for last-minute shoppers to show up on November 1st thinking they can have it done before Thanksgiving, however, those customers are few and typically don’t understand the time it takes to create something special. We also find diversifying our advertising budget to cover different seasonal venues helps to create that even flow of work.
– David Stimmel, Stimmel Consulting Group
As a showroom operator who does not want seasonal ups and downs, I’ve decided that the power to change comes from within. I try to let people know when the best time is to remodel their kitchen based on their life structure. I have created categories that people are quite happy to comply with.
- Single people with no kids: Remodel anytime or as soon as possible.
- Couple without kids: Remodel anytime or before spring so you can enjoy summer (this locks in winter projects).
- Couple with kids: Remodel while kids are in school; this minimizes headaches at home or kids running around during the remodel.
- Retired people: Best to plan remodel during a vacation…this gives space to work.
- The hurry up I need it tomorrow people: Have them write a check as they speak (put your money where your demands are).
- The I don’t have a big budget people: Fit them in where there are gaps in your schedule.
Once you fill out your year with this method, then you have work year round and then anything else that comes in over the top of that is where that magic happens!
– Nar Bustamante, Nar Fine Cabinetry