Plan Now For Next Winter’s Home Improvement Projects

Plan Now For Next Winter’s Home Improvement Projects


Like so many homeowners, you’re enjoying the warmer weather and longer days, the perfect time of the year to take in a vacation, hold a backyard BBQ or take in a outdoor summer concert.  But this languid season will end sooner than you want, sending cooler weather and shorter days your way.

Get Prepared Now

home contractorSummer may have you thinking about home improvement projects but chances are you’d prefer to tackle these jobs when the weather outside isn’t so delightful and the Christmas holiday season has passed. That is why home improvement and hardware stores tend to get very busy during the months of January and February as consumers decide that the winter lull is the best time of the year to handle indoor projects.

If you’re planning a significant home improvement project some six months out, you can begin to prepare now in order to make sure that your project is a success later on. The following are some tips for your review, ideas to help make your winter time project a success:

Write Up A Plan – The larger the project, the more attention to detail needed. If you’re planning to tear down an interior wall, rip up the carpeting and replacing the same with wood flooring or completing that unfinished bonus room above the garage, then spend some of your summer downtime weighing your options. You’ll be happy that you took the time to look over plans, scan the aisle of your home improvement store for ideas or researched online for what you want.

Consider Financing – Credit is tougher to get, but you may still be eligible for a home improvement loan or a home equity line of credit. Pay your local banker a visit to get a feel for the market without formally applying. It may turn out that your banker has a equity line offer that you can’t refuse. Consider your financing opportunities well in advance to make certain that you have the loan that you want and need.

Get Rid Of Stuff – In advance of your project, why not use this time to declutter? Haul off unneeded items to your local thrift shop or hold a yard sale to dispose of unwanted items. Simplify things now and your project will be easier to handle later on.

Sure, summer is here and we’re all operating at a much more relaxed pace. In your leisure time, get things organized to make next winter’s home improvement project a success!


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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Matt's Musings", his personal blog. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and blogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".