If you're like many homeowners, you consider spring and summer to be the main seasons for home projects and upgrades -- and that can be overwhelming if you're trying to tackle multiple projects for the purpose of giving your home an overall facelift. After all, summer is at least partially for enjoying leisure activities with friends and family, so it's only natural to want to put off some of those home improvement projects until autumn. Fortunately, not everything has to be done during spring and summer. Following are three projects that you may be able to postpone until fall so that you can enjoy your summer to the fullest.
Exterior House Painting
Most homeowners still believe that late spring through the middle of summer is the best time to have the exterior of their homes painted. Although it's true that typical seasonal warm temperatures hasten the drying process of traditional paints and chances of precipitation are lower in many geographical areas, enhancements in paint technology have resulted in a wider optimal time range for exterior painting projects. For instance, the minimum ambient temperature for painting the outside of a home or other structure used to be 50 degrees F, but that now averages 40 degrees, and specialty paints are available that can withstand temperatures as low as 35 degrees.
Another advantage of hiring house painters during the fall is that temperature fluctuations don't tend to be as pronounced as during summer. In many areas, the thermometer can soar above 90 degrees during midday and then plunge to the 50s or even lower once the sun goes down. Wide temperature variations before the paint has dried may make the chemical compounds in paint become unstable, causing the color to become mottled or otherwise uneven, and may even result in unsightly streaking. In most parts of the country, the difference between daytime and nighttime temperatures is less during early autumn than at any other time of the year.
Also, keep in mind that once the rush to get homes painted is over for the summer, your professional house painting team won't be dealing with a crowded schedule, and you may get a better paint job as a result.
Air Conditioning Upgrade
Although it seems like common sense to have your air conditioning system upgraded in the spring before it's expected to perform without fail for several months, having this work done during autumn has some advantages. For instance, the technicians will be less busy and will therefore have more time to spend on your system, and overall prices may be less than if you wait until the spring rush to have that upgrade installed. It'll also mean one less thing to do in the spring to get your home ready for summer
Although kitchen remodeling projects are frequently slated for summer, there's no reason at all why they can't be put off until fall. Like other home improvement projects, contractors may have more availability in their schedules during autumn because the summer rush has subsided. Having a kitchen remodel job performed in autumn also gives you an advantage if you're the type who does a lot of holiday entertaining -- you'll have a brand new kitchen to cook and bake in. If you've got children in the home, having the kitchen remodeled after school starts in fall is probably a better option that having the work performed in summer when they're likely to be underfoot -- and they'll be eating lunch at school, which means one less meal you'll have to find a workaround for while the kitchen is being remodeled.
Your local professional house painting service can provide more information on having your home painted during autumn.