When we think of the phrase, “Out with the old, in with the new,” spring always comes to mind. But it turns out that winter might actually be the ideal season to make some impactful changes in your home. Here are three reasons not to wait till April for your next big project.
Wait Times Decrease Significantly
Winter is considered a slow season for contractors, and often, they’re actively looking for work. Without tight schedules to work around, you can hire smarter and book the most qualified professionals for your needs. There will also be more time to hash out the important details and really talk though the changes you’re hoping to make without jumping in headfirst. Your contractors will be able to accomplish more, faster, so you can complete bigger projects more efficiently.
Government agencies are also slow during the colder months, so your wait time for necessary building permits might be cut in half.
Materials and Services May Be Less Expensive
The end of the year is a prime time to receive steep discounts on home appliances, cabinets and more since stores and warehouses are clearing out old stock to make way for new. Building materials naturally go up in spring as well. Renovating in winter can help you purchase everything you need for your project at the best possible price, allowing you to really get the most from your budget.
Another way to cut costs is to order seasonal repairs and services during the off-season. For example, winter is a great time to have your air conditioning system inspected and fine-tuned. Waiting till May when the vast majority are concerned about staying cool means heading to the back of the line.
You’ll Already Be Prepared to Usher in Warm Weather
No one wants to cut into warm weather fun by scheduling renovation projects. If you get it all out of the way in winter, you can book that vacation without missing a beat.
The Best Home Renovations for December through March
Believe it or not, some projects are better accomplished in winter, particularly home additions. The frozen ground and dry air are optimal for jobs like digging foundations and pouring concrete. Builders can also avoid the rainy season and get the job accomplished quicker.
The dryness that accompanies cold weather can even help you achieve faster results with interior paint. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to open every window in the house to vent paint fumes. You can work around the issue by choosing an environmentally friendly, waterborne paint. Wallpaper is also making a comeback and you can easily hang it in the winter to take bare walls to the next level.
Other excellent winter renovation projects include adding a kitchen backsplash, installing new lighting or replacing interior doors. The point is that what’s going on outside never has to interfere with the dream home you’re building for your family on the inside. The sky is truly the limit when it comes to winter projects.
National Property Inspections inspectors are highly trained and qualified to give your residential or commercial property a pre-renovation look-over. Visit npiweb.com today to find an inspector near you.