If you’re thinking of doing a home renovation, but you think that you’ve missed your chance because we’re entering the winter, think again. While spring, summer and autumn are usually more popular for large-scale home renovations, you can have most home renovations performed in the winter, as well – and doing so can have some benefits. So, should you do a home renovation in the winter? Read on and find out everything that you need to know.
The benefits of doing a home renovation in the winter
There are several different benefits of doing home renovations in the winter. Here are just a few of them.
Save on appliances and supplies
Most appliance manufacturers and building supplies tend to spike their prices in the spring when most folks start to think about renovations. In contrast, they often have sales and closeouts on appliances, materials and supplies in the winter. So, this allows you to save big on the stuff you need for your renovation.
Contractors have increased availability
Winter is a less-popular time for renovations and home improvement, so even the busiest contractors will typically be available for more projects, and it will be easier to find a home renovation partner.
Winter vacations help you avoid interruptions
The kids are out of school, and you can take a trip for the holidays. You’ll also beat the cold and avoid the interruptions of your home renovation! Best of all, when you come back, your renovation will be well under way or finished.
Faster permit approval
Government agencies are usually less busy in the winter as well, which means that you can get permits and other necessary documentation for your renovation approved quickly.
For these reasons (and quite a few more) completing home renovations in the winter are a great investment.
Renovations which shouldn’t be done in the winter
Generally, we wouldn’t recommend doing any kind of exterior renovation during the winter. The weather is often uncooperative, and it is usually below freezing in Winnipeg. In addition, the conditions outside are usually more hazardous for contractors. Focus on interior renovations – and save the outside for the spring or summer!
Starting your home renovation in December can save you money!
Not only do you save when purchasing materials and appliances in December, but you may also get better prices from your contractors. The winter is typically “slow season,” so they will need to fill their schedule up with renovations and work whenever they can, which means you may be able to negotiate a better rate.
Of course, you’re not going to get a 50% discount just because you waited until the winter for your home renovations. But every penny saved goes a long way when it comes to renovations.
Things to consider when renovating in the winter
Thinking about a starting a winter home renovation? Here are a few things you should consider:
Keeping the heat low
If you’re conducting a home renovation in the winter, chances are your doors are going to be open a lot, and you’re going to be losing a lot of warmth to the outside. Unless you want a sky-high heating bill, we’d recommend keeping that thermostat below 68 degrees – and using space heaters or blankets in a closed room, if you’re still too chilly.
Avoid pipe freezing
Keep your pipes from freezing if you leave your house for an extended period while it’s being renovated. Don’t drop your thermostat below 60 degrees, make sure that you insulate any pipes that are at risk of freezing. Also, make sure that your furnace is in good condition, so it doesn’t break down while you’re gone. Burst pipes – and their consequences – can be very expensive to repair.
Keep a path to your home clear
You’ll have to clear away snow and ice, and salt the sidewalk or path to your home, to make sure your contractors can get in and out safely. This is both common courtesy – and a way to protect yourself from liability, such as from a slip-and-fall injury.
Get started with winter home renovations now!
At Hammerdown Home Renovations, we’re here to help you – every month of the year. Interested in a home renovation in the winter? Contact us and we’d be happy to schedule your consultation at your earliest convenience.