Typically September, homeowners start thinking about getting their house ready for the holiday entertaining. Sometimes this can be too late, or cause a rush. Most remodelers will have a back log and will need time to work with you on the details of your project.
Planning with a remodeling contractor can take between 2-4 weeks depending on the project. If it is a basic bathroom fixture update, or kitchen update it would be the shorter time frame. The time frame for this could be as quick as a week to get completed.
A major remodel such as a total kitchen remodel with new cabinets, flooring, and counters can take 4 or more weeks for planning alone. Time frame for the project can take 6 weeks. Granite, quartz, or solid surface counters will have to be templated after the cabinets are in, so this takes a week or so.
Also, in the Northern climates the cooler fall air reminds us that maybe the windows should be replaced. Remember that it could take up to 3 weeks to get windows from when they are ordered, plus the time to have your contractor install them.
Some contractors will also have a special or discount in January, since this is typically a slower month, and also you will not have to worry about all the stress of planning your holidays and your project!
Often times as a homeowner we think of our windows as being the source of air or water leakage. The exterior doors often get forgotten. The way doors are made now could be a great improvement to your comfort level in the house.
One of the biggest challenges are the side jambe start to deteriorate where it meets the sill. In most cases this is due to the jambs running past the sill and it basically sits in water. The fix for this is to take the out and install replacement jambs. This could be doing damage to you r sill on under your door without you knowing it.
Sometimes it is better to replace the door than repair it. The weatherstrips are better, the door materials are better, and there are many options for a nice update.
When looking at a new door, check to see if the door and frame are from the same company. Many doors are made by one vendor and the frames and sill by another vendor, and assembled by another vendor.
Also check to see if you can get the exterior clad. This can be done in the factory or by the installer by custom formed aluminum cladding made on site.