Winter can be an ideal time to remodel your home NARI of Greater Chicagoland members offer tips …

The holidays have passed, the decorations have been packed and stored until next year and Chicago’s winter chill has made its debut. Sounds like an ideal time for remodeling right? Absolutely say the expert members of NARI of Greater Chicagoland.

Remodeling during the so-called “off-season” can translate into many benefits to the homeowner, namely more attention and greater availability. If your plan is to remodel indoors, weather is no longer a factor. It is easier to stay on schedule with less activity and contractors are more readily available. Permits and inspections tend to process faster because there is less during this time of the year.

 

“The first of the year is a great time to catch someone’s attention,” said David Roberts of Evanston-based Roberts Construction Group, Inc. “Everyone has goals and this is an ideal time for us to have meaningful connections with homeowners seriously wanting to pursue projects. Not only are there advantages to securing permits but we find that those permits process faster than in the spring when exterior remodeling project permits re-enter the system.”

 

A New Year also provides an opportunity for homeowners to review their financial picture when preparing their tax returns.

 

“Receiving an income tax refund inspires many homeowners to pursue projects,” said Mike Dew of Schaumburg-based Oak Tree Construction Services. “There is nothing like the beginning of a New Year to start a project to enjoy for all of the major holidays in 2015.  Homeowners can also capitalize on the fact that some contractors are not as busy during the winter months.”

 

Mimi Altman, executive director of NARI of Greater Chicagoland (NARIGC) in Des Plaines, asks consumers to consider having the work done while you are on vacation or away during the winter months.

 

“Everyone understands that a remodeling project can be disruptive to home life,” said Altman. “Having to use a makeshift kitchen while yours is being remodeled can be trying.

 

“With today’s technology, cell phones and tablets enable contractors to send pictures back and forth with work and communication continuing while you are on the beach. Selecting a trustworthy remodeler to work in your home while you are away will give you peace of mind while you are gone.  If there are any doubts whatsoever you may want to reconsider your choice,” said Altman.

 

Altman encourages homeowners to arm themselves with information and explore all of their options before selecting a contractor.  “A remodeling project is a long-term investment in your home; improving its value, enjoyment and livability as well as future marketability.”

 

“By putting yourself ahead of the spring remodeling crowd, enjoy your completed remodeling project while others are just getting started with the process,” concluded Dew.

 

Based in Des Plaines, the Greater Chicagoland Chapter of NARI (www.narichicago.org) is a not-for-profit trade association founded in 1987 and currently consists of approximately 280 member companies. NARI of Greater Chicagoland is committed exclusively to the service of the local professional remodeling industry, representing professional remodeling contractors, product manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers, trade and consumer publications, utilities and lending institutions. For more information visit us online at www.narichicago.org  or call at (847) 298-6212.

 

 

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