Cheapest times of the year to make home improvements

Written by

Tara Covell

Thursday 23rd December 2021

UK homeowners up and down the country have spent billions of pounds (£110.3b) on home improvements during the pandemic with outhouses, home gyms and extensions being the most popular choices.

According to recent data, 5 million Brits redecorated rooms in their homes, 1.5 million built an outhouse and over a million built home-gyms and extensions. The same data also highlighted that Brits have spent an average of £2,011 per person on home refurbishments with the average property value increasing by 10.9%.

If you’re thinking about making some home improvements of your own this year, one of the easiest ways to save money is book in tradespeople at their quietest times of the year. Here at Hitachi Personal Finance, we’ve put together this useful guide full of expert advice from Ideal Home, so you know when to get certain jobs done while saving some £££’s.


January

Job: Clear the garden
Usually done: March

Winter is the perfect (and cheapest) time to get your garden cleared. The cold weather will have caused the foliage to die back leaving you with less work requiring a smaller skip and resulting in a cheaper bill.


February

Job: Fit a new kitchen
Usually done: May/June

Most people want to give their kitchen a makeover in time for Christmas leaving the month of February pretty quiet for kitchen fitters.

Since they won't have many jobs lined up, this is the perfect time to book your renovation in and you might even be able to negotiate a bigger discount!


March

Job: Replace or repair windows
Usually done: September/October

Rather than leaving this job until autumn when you first start getting chilly, opt to get your windows sorted in the spring time

March is the ideal time to get your double glazing and frames replaced as this gives you plenty of time to compare quotes and choose your preferred contractor, rather than feeling pressured to go with whoever has availability. You might even score a discount if you ask!


April

Job: Sweep the chimney
Usually done: October/November

Chimney sweeper tend to be extremely busy between September and March so opting for a summer appointment when there's more availability  in the quieter summer months and there’s more of an opportunity to negotiate rates.

Also, lighter, warmer, and drier conditions help when your sweep is examining the exterior chimney conditions.


May

Job: Clear guttering
Usually done: October

As tempting as it is to clear your gutters after all the leaves have fallen, waiting until the end of spring will allow the worst of the weather to pass so that you can complete this job safely.

It's also worth considering clearing your gutters at least twice a year to prevent excessive build up of debris and blockages.


June

Job: Fit a new floor
Usually done: September to December

Demand for flooring trades steps up from September as we move our focus from outdoor projects back indoors. June is therefore a great time to have new floorboards and carpets installed as everyone else will be more preoccupied with their gardens.

At the very least you’ll be able to cherry-pick who will fit your flooring and when, and you might be able to wangle a discount, to boot.


July

Job: Fit security systems
Usually done: October/November

We only start thinking about security lighting and alarms as the days get shorter but at that time of year brings bad weather making installing systems harder and more expensive.

With this in mind, getting the work done in summer is generally much cheaper.


August

Job: Replace the boiler
Usually done: October/November

During the summer, when our boilers aren’t working as hard and are therefore less likely to need running repairs. So if you’re looking to fix or replace a boiler you’ll find it far easier to get the appointment slot you want.

Also, we’d estimate that you can make a 10-15 per cent saving when the market is less competitive.


September

Job: Fit a new bathroom
Usually done: January/June/July

With the kids are back in school and people spent up after returning from their holidays, this makes it a great time to get your bathroom renovated.

According to industry experts, getting your bathroom fitted during the quieter months could save you up to 10%.


October

Job: Put up new fencing
Usually done: June to August

During the summer, your garden usually looks its best, so having fencers coming in and trampling down your flowerbeds isn’t ideal.

Get hard landscaping jobs done later when all the plants are dormant, and you might also find availability is higher and costs are lower.


November

Job: Paint rooms
Usually done: June

Summer isn’t a great time to get hold of a decorator, because they are usually busy, particularly with exterior painting jobs. You might think it’s a hassle to get the painters in just before Christmas, but a quick prep and two coats should take two days at most.


December

Job: Insulate the loft
Usually done: September

As tempting as it is to start this job once summer ends, holding out until Christmas will make this job easier and less expensive.

Your loft will be clear of decorations and an emptier space means a quicker and cheaper job!


Low-cost home improvement loan

If you’re planning to make some changes to your home this year, our low-cost home improvement loan can help you get them done quicker. Rates start from just 3.1% APR Representative between £7,500 and £25,000