Winter is not the season we associate with home improvement projects. Most people wait for spring and summer – when the weather is warm – to start renovation work on their houses. By the time the temperature drops, homeowners should be done with home makeovers.
Why not renovate during Winter?
However, winter is not a bad time to renovate. Most people start their home improvement projects during the warmer months. So, if you hire a contractor, they are less busy during winter. You likely will be able to book on whichever date you prefer.
Moreover, because it is off-peak, the rates will be lower. Most businesses drop the cost of products when the demand is not high. Stores will be more willing to discount home renovation supplies during colder months, especially around shopping holidays like Black Friday.
Plus, if you are heading on a winter holiday break away from your home, it is the perfect opportunity to start renovation work. Construction can be very noisy and messy, which can inconvenience homeowners. Schedule contractors to start working while you are gone,so the project can be completed by the time you go back.
Renovation during winter is not as challenging as you think it is. There is work that, of course, cannot be done when snow is falling heavily outdoors, and it is dangerous for workers to continue. However, there are so many remodeling projects that can be started at any point of the year.
Start repairs on your driveway. In Winter, you will use cold mix asphalt instead of hot mix. Cold mix does not require heating and can perform during cooler weather, to patch a hole on your driveway.
Here are some renovation projects that you can start during winter.
Insulate Your Attic
During winter, you need warmth. Is your attic insulated? NO! Well, your heating system will have to work harder to increase the interior temperature so that, despite the cold outdoors, you still feel toasty and cozy.
It is recommended that homeowners insulate their attics before fall and winter. This way, you and your loved ones will never feel cold. Insulation also guarantees that you would not have to pay exorbitant bills on utility because your house aids your heating system in keeping warmth in.
But, in case you did not have the chance to reinsulate before winter, you would not have a problem finding contractors and materials to start the project.
Give Your Kitchen a Makeover
Kitchen renovations are common, especially in the past year when people stuck at home used the area more. If you are bored with your kitchen, you can do minor and major renovation work to create your ideal cooking and baking space.
If you do not have the budget, replacing the countertops is an affordable way to freshen up the look of the space. It may not be a huge change, but it significantly improves the appearance of your kitchen. It is a fairly easy project, too. You can do it on your own.
Likewise, you can give your kitchen cabinets, which take up a huge portion of the entire room, with minor detail additions. You can, for example, give the cabinets a fresh coat of paint if they are starting to look a little unkempt, or you can switch out the knobs with more modern-looking hardware. These are also easy DIYstoo.
However, if you need a contractor, a kitchen renovation would not be a problem during winter. Since the workers will be working indoors, they will be comfortable and safe.
Give the Laundry Room Much-Needed Attention
The laundry room is an area of the house that is regularly used and rarely gets attention. It is the center of chores. If you do your housework on your own, you likely spend a lot of time in the laundry room.
You can turn your laundry room into a cozy space to hang out. Maybe this will motivate you to do your chores regularly. Moreover, during winter, you likely will use the laundry room more often because you are using more clothes to layer and keep you warm.
Treat this as an opportunity to give your laundry room a much-needed TLC. You can paint the walls a fresh color, add more shelves and organization features, and bring in a rug. Your laundry room does not need to be drab.
Winter is typically not the ideal time to do home renovation. When the cold weather rolls around, most homeowners expect to be done with all their remodeling projects. However, if you find yourself wanting to shake things up around the house, do not let winter stop you. There are many renovation projects that you can start throughout the year, including during winter.
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