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Baris Bingol, Home Buyer in San Francisco, CA

When is the best time for kitchen remodeling in San Francisco? I heard the least busy times are the best times since there is no competition.

Asked by Baris Bingol, San Francisco, CA Sun Jan 6, 2013

and anybody recommended?

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Luca and Alisa Adriani’s answer
I believe the best time is when it suits you. You will get a number of bids, therefore making the playing field pretty even. You are able to determine which bid suits you best. You are never going to know when a particular contractor is busy or not. SF has thousands of them. If they don't happen to be busy, you will probably get a pretty good bid from them. You might ask the contractor before they do a bid, "how busy are you?" This will clue you into whether this contractor is going to give you a competitive bid or not. Someone who is pretty busy usually gives a higher bid because they are not hungry for the work. Hope this helps.
2 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Apr 14, 2013
I'm not sure when the best time to remodel would be as I am not familiar with that area. If I were you, I would talk to a real estate agent and see if they can help you decide when it's right for you. They should be able to give you a time frame on when remodeling would be best! http://capitalconstructionmemphis.com/kitchens/
Flag Tue Feb 10, 2015
Some contractors may be willing to reduce their fee during the winter months when business is on the slow side.

You may also get better service when they are slow, as they are not rushing your job to get to the next one or trying to juggle you, and a few other clients all at once.

Best of luck to you!!

Kawain Payne, Realtor
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Oct 24, 2013
She's right, winter months are usually the cheapest times. Some companies have a hard time finding business during that time, so they lower their prices. I would recommend searching online for different companies in your area. Some of them may even be advertising deals. http://www.arochadesignbuild.com
Flag Thu Mar 5, 2015
Thanks, Kawain! I'm so glad you were able to answer this question. I have been trying to find a contractor to remodel my kitchen, and you helped me realize that now -- during the winter -- is the best time. I will have to continue searching for a contractor to remodel my kitchen. I can't wait to get rid of my terrible counters. http://www.colemanjonesconstruction.com/services
Flag Fri Jan 16, 2015
I was going to say something similar, but I don't think that's set in stone. There's not really a 'season' for kitchen remodels. Whenever you have the money saved, that's usually when I jump into things. | http://www.k-binnovations.com/kitchens/
Flag Tue Jan 13, 2015
I would have to disagree with you, Jake. Although I do believe winter is the best time for home renovations, I don't think you have to remodel your entire house all at once. Most people do not have the money for that, especially around the holidays. I think it is fine to renovate one room at a time because you are still increasing the value of your home.

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Flag Sat Dec 20, 2014
The best time to remodel a kitchen is now. You don't want to wait to remodel a room, let alone, your kitchen. As one of the most popular rooms of your home, you want to keep your kitchen in good condition. Remodeling can really help improve the image of your kitchen, as well as boost the value of your home altogether.
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Flag Tue Dec 16, 2014
I didn't realize that, but it makes sense. My kitchen is outdated and in poor repair. I was not planning to start my renovation until summer, but I am reconsidering. If it will be cheaper in the winter, the remodel might become my Christmas present.

http://www.alstonvillekitchens.com.au
Flag Fri Nov 21, 2014
I agree, usually the winter months are the best time to get your kitchen remodeled. The prices don't usually come down very much, but you may be able to get the job done more quickly. I would love to get new counter tops in my kitchen this year for Christmas. http://hollywoodbathrooms.com.au
Flag Mon Nov 17, 2014
I agree with this point, it only makes sense that slower months would have to charge less to get business. For San Francisco, I would assume from November to February would be the least busy; therefore the cheapest time to remodel. The way to know for sure is to get quotes from different kitchen remodeling companies.
http://holtzmanhomeimprovement.com/kitchens/
Flag Thu Oct 9, 2014
Oh my! I didn't realize there was a season for kitchen remodeling..... What else have I missed out on?
1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Jul 16, 2013
I have done a number of renovation projects, and my advice is this. Don't spend a ton of money on super high end appliances unless you are flipping a high end property. If you're going to live in it for a while most likely the buyers will replace the appliances when they move in anyway. Be smart about materials - you can buy really nice tile for $4 a piece or $40 a piece. Don't go cheesy on flooring and don't do something just because it's trendy now because it may not be in the future.

Compare labor costs. Huge difference from one contractor to another. Example, we had 4 bids on a tile job that ranged from $5K to $14K.

If you would like some references for materials and/or contractors contact info is below.

Best Regards,

Lance King/Owner-Managing Broker
lance@fixedrateproperties.com
415.722.5549
DRE# 01384425
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Jan 10, 2013
Thanks for the information. I was going to ask, what remodeling do you want? If you're going to paint your cabinets or take out a wall, that's obviously going to require different contractors than those who will change your appliances for stainless steel ones or install a splashback. Take your time and research options before you jump into the remodel. There's a lot that you can look at before you begin. Good luck!
Jenn | http://www.stainlesssteelspecialist.com.au/splashbacks.html
Flag Tue Nov 4, 2014
that is a good point. thanks
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Jan 9, 2013
Since this is going to be for your own needs, I recommend going for a functional kitchen over flash. In a few years, the functional kitchen will still be that however, a flashy kitchen may not look so hot any longer.

Best of luck.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Jan 8, 2013
Well, Baris - I don't want you to waste your money, but I do want you to enjoy life while you're there. Make your kitchen the way you want it, because we can't anticipate the tastes of buyers in 2018 or 2023.

All the best,
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Jan 7, 2013
I am remodeling for my own needs but not thinking to go over the top since I may try to sell my place someday
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Jan 7, 2013
That depends - are you remodeling to sell the house or for your own needs? Less busy times might be better however, the market in SF has been so hot that there does not seem to be any difference. I need to know more about the scope of your intended work so I can make recommendations. Feel free to contact me directly.
Web Reference: Http://www.oggikashi.com
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun Jan 6, 2013
The best time would be January
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun Jan 6, 2013
Hello Baris:

Urban Botanics and Vector Construction, remodeling & landscaping company serving the SF Bay Area

http://www.urbanbotanics.net Please call Bill Ledford now (415) 404-2758

Doing a fantastic job is his passion - call now and have a Happy New Year with a new kitchen.

Referred by Helen Yuen, Agent, Open Home Professionals (415) 583-3535
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun Jan 6, 2013
If you GOOGLE; crystal cabinet san francisco,
you will see Artistic Cabinets
I did Kitchen Design and rep'd Crystal Cabinets, before I got my R.E. license.
Those Cab's are 5 star, top of the line.
Go in and look at them; you understand.
I'm sure that Artistic has connections for Design, Appliances and Installation.

Good luck and may God bless
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun Jan 6, 2013
It really depends on what you're planning to remodel. If you want to do it in stages (first flooring, then appliances, then splashback and counters), then I think you can do it whenever you want. It's only if you're going to do it all at once that you need to plan a season. http://www.midlandglass.com.au/kitchen-splashbacks
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 23, 2015
Absolutely right the best time was kitchen remodelling in San Francisco. No competitor in entire area.I have a some idea to make kitchen modelling in-house that was better option to make change in kitchen.at present time I have a lot of works working on remodelling but best terminology is who can give best quality.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Mar 5, 2015
There are definitely some parts of the year when you'll get a significantly better price. I think that getting it done around the holidays will mean that the company has less jobs to do and will be able to do your work quicker and with more detail. That may not be true for all companies though. If I were you, I'd look into a variety of companies to find a few that I like, then you can talk to them to figure out when the best times to hire them are. They will have more ability than anybody else to give you that information.
http://www.aumentaplumbing.com/services-.html
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jan 26, 2015
There are definitely some parts of the year when you'll get a significantly better price. I think that getting it done around the holidays will mean that the company has less jobs to do and will be able to do your work quicker and with more detail. That may not be true for all companies though. If I were you, I'd look into a variety of companies to find a few that I like, then you can talk to them to figure out when the best times to hire them are. They will have more ability than anybody else to give you that information.
http://www.aumentaplumbing.com/services-.html
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jan 26, 2015
The busy season for remodeling is definitely the summer. The spring is also busier. I would suggest remodeling your kitchen in the winter. Since the weather is mild enough in San Francisco, you can still find an available contractor with ease there. The rates will be better for you since there are more contractors to choose from.
http://www.canlikkitchens.net/
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jan 6, 2015
I think it depends on the contractor. Some contractors are busier than others and their busy times change from contractor to contractor. Overall though, I don't think it makes much difference whether they are busy or not. If a contractor takes on your job, that usually means they have time to give it the proper attention it needs. Good luck with the remodel Baris. http://kavinconstructioninc.com/
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jan 6, 2015
I have heard there are some contractors that have a hard time finding work in the winter months. They seem to lower their rates in the winter in order to try to find work. I know my parents are doing a kitchen remodel right now and I think they're getting a good deal. http://www.familyandfriendsbuilders.com/Remodeling___Renovat…
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jan 5, 2015
Winter is typically a slow time for contractors so you might get some deals around this time of year.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Dec 9, 2014
I would do it now! There is no time like the present! A kitchen remodel is great for any home. I had my kitchen remodeled last year. It added a lot of value to my house! It looks great too! http://www.multicrafthome.com/kitchen-bath.html
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Dec 8, 2014
I'd definitely recommend aiming for the winter months. Less people get things done to their house because they want holiday money. Because there's less work being done they are able to focus on your project and can get it done more quickly. This could also lead to it being more affordable.
http://www.familyandfriendsbuilders.com/Remodeling___Renovat…
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Oct 30, 2014
You grab whoever is available. If all fails you take up the challenge. Not too hard.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Oct 12, 2014
Well I would insist you to go for remodeling of your house, where you can always avail housing loan with a low rate of interest. But would insist you to go through the terms & condition properly.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Oct 10, 2014
As a guess I would say the winter months. People tend not to want in and out foot traffic of the weather is less than desirable. Also construction projects are more know for happening during the summer, so contractors might have a little less on their plates during winter.
Michael Foster http://www.renovations.rdinet.com/your-project/
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Aug 21, 2014
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Flag Mon Feb 2, 2015
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Flag Mon Feb 2, 2015
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