U.S. News and World Report may not be the primary source most homeowners turn to for St. Cloud real estate news flashes, but this month they have brought up some relevant insights regarding home improvement projects.
A week or so before Thanksgiving Day, they published an opinion piece urging homeowners to get off the sofa and “set yourself up for success” for coming home improvement initiatives. They pointed out that timing those projects can be tricky—not just because of weather considerations, but also because hiring professionals can be more difficult during certain times of the year.
I might add that planning in advance gives our local tradespeople the kind of notice they greatly appreciate. U.S.News listed their ideas on the best time of year for a dozen home improvement projects—and these four called for winter starts:
Interior paint: Winter (low humidity helps paint dry evenly, so St. Cloud’s drier winter air is a plus).
Electrical updates: Winter (avoid the crush of competing St. Cloud homeowners).
Building a deck: Winter (!!) (deck builders say pressure-treated wood stabilizes best when humidity is low—and cloudier winter skies help avoid early cracking that blistering direct sunshine can cause).
Full-room remodel: Winter (since updating any room can take place at any time of the year, avoiding jam-packed summer months can mean avoiding higher labor costs).
Number 3 includes the proviso that early winter is best—before inclement weather makes outside work too difficult.
Advance planning does pay off when it comes to home improvement initiatives—especially when you’re solidifying plans to put your own St. Cloud home on the market. In that case, another forward-thinking initiative is to call me for a no-obligation consultation!
My objective is simple; to do for you what I would wish someone in the same position to do for me which means always acting in your best interests in order to achieve the goals that you have set for yourself. I have been in the real estate business for over 20 years and began when I started in the construction of homes. I have built homes from the ground up (pouring footings to setting the last finishing nail) which is a huge benefit for you as I can share that knowledge about home construction with you. I have successfully negotiated hundreds of contracts and fully understand the process as well as every line of a contract that you will be signing your name to. We are the only entity that can work with legally binding contracts w hile not holding a law degree and as such we have very specific fiduciary responsibilities to our clients and I take them very seriously. My goal is to make the process not only informative and educational thereby removing the fear or anxiety that some experience but also to make the process both exciting and fun and I strive for 5 stars in every transaction. The bottom line is if you're not happy, then neither will I be!