Most of us want to get the biggest bang for our buck, and, if possible, we prefer making purchases when items go on sale. And that goes for things that we’ll need for our homes. So I read a few articles on the best times to purchase certain homebuilding and household items.
To be honest, after reading many sources on this subject, I found no solid agreement the as to the exact best times to find sales prices on different items. One source would say sales occurred on certain items most often in May, and another article would say November, but what I’ve compiled for you in this week’s episode is a list of the most often sited best times for buying things for the home. Although there will be sporadic sales throughout the year for different homebuilding and household items, there are certain, predictable times of year when specific products and materials can be bought for significant discounts.
Okay, let’s get into the best times to buy stuff for our homes.
Paint usually goes on sale during the summer holidays of Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day. Many stores will allow you to buy untinted base paint at the sales price, and bring it back months later, when you need it. When you take it back, you can get it mixed into the color you want.
Just check with the specific store first to ensure they offer that convenience, and remember to save your receipt so you can prove you bought the paint in that store.
If you’re gonna to store the paint before using it, keep it in a climate-controlled place so it doesn’t freeze or get overly heated. You’ll also want to buy a little extra paint to keep on hand for when your house is complete to use for future touch ups.
If you don’t want to wait til summer to make a paint purchase, another way to find discounted paint is by checking to see if paint stores or home improvement stores are selling discontinued colors that you like.
For furniture sales, 3 of the biggest blowout shopping days are Black Friday, Labor Day and Memorial Day. You’ll also see big furniture discounts in January and July, when stores need to make room for new inventory.
Next up…. mattresses. Most experts say you should replace your mattress about every 10 years, but sooner if your bed is giving you back pain. Spring is the best time to buy a mattress. That’s easy to remember, right? Spring … mattress. The mattress industry rolls out its new models from June to September, so they want to clear out the older models by May. March, April and May are the best months to buy a new mattress at a mattress showroom. You may get the very best prices on Memorial Day weekend, as it is the last holiday weekend before new mattress models start coming out.
No matter what time of year you’re buying a mattress, know that if you are buying from a mattress store or furniture showroom, a little friendly negotiation is not only acceptable, but almost expected. You obviously won't have the option of negotiating if you purchase your mattress online, or from a membership discount warehouse like Sam’s or Costco, so keep that in mind when comparing prices.
Like new mattresses, new refrigerator models roll out during the summer months, so retailers offer discounts on the older models in May, so they have space for the new models. During Memorial Day weekend, some refrigerators will be marked down as much as 50 percent.
New models of other home appliances come out in the fall, specifically, September and October, so you’ll find plenty of discounted appliances during the summer hoildays, on Memorial Day, forth of July and Labor Day weekends. Although the sales may not be quite as good, you can also find appliance deals on Columbus Day and Presidents Day. And don’t forget that you can save hundreds of dollars year round if you're willing to buy an appliance with a ding or a scratch.
October is the month for sales prices on all things outdoors, including outdoor furniture and grills.
You can find vacuum cleaners on sale in June and November.
Now, what about bed linens and towels? Department stores hold “white sales” in January when we can get deeply discounted sheets and towels.
January is also the time you’ll find some of the best prices on TVs and electronics. Specifically January and February, aka Super Bowl season. Other times you’ll see discounted televisions and electronics is during the spring, when new models are released, and on Black Friday.
I bet you can guess when home gym and fitness equipment usually go on sale. Yep, it’s around the start of a new year. Retailers know that many people make weight loss and fitness resolutions for New Year’s, so sales on fitness equipment start on Black Friday and go through January.
Lighting fixtures: They could go on sale anytime throughout the year. But new styles are featured at wholesale markets in January, so you’re likely to get the biggest discounts on lighting toward the end of the year, as retailers want to make space for brand new styles.
The best deals on flooring and carpeting can be seen when stores are desperate for a sale. This happens in the dead of winter, late December and January, when most people are too busy and too cold to think about flooring. You might also be able to get good pricing on flooring in late May, when people are busy preparing for the end of school, graduations and summer vacations.
Air conditioners go on sale during the fall and winter months, when demand is low.
Fall and winter are also good seasons to purchase cabinets, roofing, lumber and other building materials. Prices for most building materials start going up in March and April, when the construction season starts to get busy. Interestingly, according to Consumer Reports, roofing materials are discounted during May. I guess to encourage roofers to make purchases for the upcoming construction season.
Can you guess when you can get the best prices on swimming pools? It’s in the fall and winter, if the climate in your area allows for constructing a pool that time of year. Surprisingly, April is another sweet spot in the year when homeowners are thinking about pool season, but the demand for pool construction is still low. You might save as much as 20% on a pool if you wait until demand is low and contractors need work.
All and all, we can find deals on items we need for our new homes throughout the year, especially if we are willing to buy discontinued products, floor models, and scratch and dent items. But, in general, we can get the biggest and most numerous discounts on a variety of products if we shop during national holidays, especially summer holidays, plus Black Friday and when demand for materials and labor are low.
I hope those tips help you get exactly what you want at a discounted price. I’ll be taking a little break in May for travel and to get some organizational tasks done for my own project. So next month, I’ll feature rebroadcasts of some of my most popular and most information-heavy episodes. If you’re new to the podcast, these may be episodes that you’ve never heard before. But even If you’ve listened to those episodes once, taking another listen can be really beneficial in solidifying your understanding and recall of many useful facts. You’re bound to hear a few things that you missed the first time you listened, or to hear things that you need to be reminded of. When I listen to episodes again, I always learn from them, although I researched and recorded them originally. I bet hearing some of that information again will be helpful for you too.
Make sure you subscribe to the podcast so the new episodes get downloaded to your library or sent to your email as soon as they come out. I hope you’ll be patient with me as I take some time to organize, and prepare to get into the nitty gritty of the construction of my house. I’m excited.
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you learned as much as I did and I hope you join me next time, for the next episode of BYHYU.
Please remember that the purpose of this podcast is simply to educate and inform. It is not a substitute for professional advice. The information that you hear is based the only on the opinions, research and experiences of my guests and myself. That information might be incomplete and it’s subject to change, so it may not apply to your project. In addition, building codes and requirements vary from region to region, so always consult a professional about specific recommendations for your home.