In Basement Remodeling by Joe Ellis / Posted: June 24, 2022
We’re often asked whether there’s a certain time of year homeowners should consider finishing their basement in. The answer really depends on you because believe it or not, yes, basements (even in Michigan) can be finished during the winter. As with anything, there are pros and cons to each season of the year but many basement finishing companies are able to work year round.
What Time of Year Should I Remodel My Basement?
The first thing to note is that contractor availability can be a huge contributing factor for deciding what time of year to pursue a basement remodeling project. Many basement contracting companies are busiest during the spring and summer and it’s always best to plan out large projects of this scale well in advance. We suggest discussing any specific timelines or deadlines with your contractor at the beginning of the project to help gauge which time of year will be best for you.
Winter may seem daunting because of the cold weather and snow but working on a winter basement remodel has many pros as well. Completing your basement remodel in the winter ensures that you will have a cool basement for the spring and summer season and can enjoy the hotter summer months with a fully renovated, cooler area. There are many home projects that may require warmer weather, but basement finishing and remodeling isn’t one of them. Some basement finishing companies will even tell you that winter is the best time of the year to finish your basement.
Spring is also a very popular season for home renovations. With “spring cleaning” in full swing, homeowners are working hard to get their homes ready for summer. The fact that it is busy season may not make it ideal if you are working on a tight timeline. Contractor availability may be limited. Spring is also known for its afternoon rain showers. Although, most basement remodels are mostly done with inside work, weather can always cause delays if any exterior work is needed. With all this in mind, if spring is your go-to season, work with your contractor and discuss your needs and specific timeline.
Many homeowners opt for finishing their basement during the summer season. With kids out of school, parents may feel that they have more time on their hands to deal with a large home renovation. One major con is the fact that since many homeowners go with a summer basement remodel, it is considered busy season. This may cause a delay in the completion of the project or a spike in prices for materials. A plus is that contractors do not have to worry about snow or freezing temperatures. However, you should ensure your basement is waterproofed prior to remodeling.
Fall seems to be one of the best seasons to work on your finished basement. With fall comes amazing, cooler weather and rarely do you need to worry about, rain, snow, or extreme heat. Contractors are usually very busy in the summer months and tend to slow down during the fall. This means you may have more flexibility when it comes to working with your basement contractor and your schedule. If you want to use your basement during the holidays for family time, movie nights, or even a party, working on it during the fall would assure that you have your dream space by the time the holidays roll around.
Let Us Help with Your Home Basement Finishing Project
No matter what season you decide on, we are here to help. Our team of experts and give you the answers you are looking for and help turn your basement dreams into a reality. Contact – Basements Plus (finishedbasementsplus.com) to schedule a free in-home 90 minute consultation.