Everyone knows the winter months in Minnesota aren’t the most popular for renovations and additions. In fact, the winter months aren’t popular for much, besides staying indoors. If you’ve been considering a remodel, but dread fighting the summer renovation crowd, winter may be the perfect time to have contractors begin your project. Kiser Construction discusses why winter renovations may be ideal for certain homeowners.
Decreased Demand, High Contractor Availability
In winter, contractor work generally slows to crawl due to frigid temperatures and seasonal celebrations. But this dip in business can be highly advantageous for the opportunistic homeowner. When business slows, contractor availability opens up – if you’ve attempted to schedule a contractor during summer, you know wait times can be extensive. In winter, however, you’re likely to receive more time and attention to your project as contractors are no longer spread so thin. Plus, you won’t have to compete for the best in the business!
If you’re traveling for the holidays, your vacation may be the perfect time to begin your remodeling project. Or, if you have numerous holiday gatherings to attend, you may not be home often anyway. Since you won’t be using your home as frequently, you can certainly live without a fully functional kitchen or bathroom for a couple of weeks while necessary upgrades are installed. Although summer is the busiest time of year for home renovations, if you have children who stay home during summer vacation, orchestrating a remodel during these months can be challenging. For the opportunist, winter may be an ideal time for a contractor to get to work.
Quick Turnaround Times
Because contractors aren’t so overwhelmed with job scheduling during the winter months, they can give your project their undivided attention. During the hectic spring and summer remodeling seasons, contractors may be spread thin over multiple jobs. Since you won’t have to compete for contractor availability, your project turnaround time may be much more rapid than in the busier summer months. Since no one likes living without their fully functional kitchen or bathroom for weeks on end, winter can be a perfect time to remodel these areas.
New Technology Achieves Flawless Cleanup
Worried about fumes and dust accumulating inside your home during a winter remodel? You can put those fears to rest! New technology allows contractors to easily prevent dust, debris, and fumes from building up in your living areas. Negative pressure fans, duct sealing, filter installation, and plastic sealing keep debris contained so you won’t breathe in hazardous particles.
Popular Winter Remodel Upgrades
Winter is one of the best times to renovate and upgrade your home, but what projects are the right ones? Here are just a few of the most popular winter projects to consider.
If it's been a while since you upgraded your lighting, this could be an ideal project to start in those cold winter months. Because the days are shorter, this means less sunlight, so if you live in less than optimal conditions, this could be the right renovation to choose from. Upgrading old fixtures for new and stylish LEDs can be an environmentally friendly and beautiful change.
Add Some Color
Some consider painting a summer and spring project, but if you are stuck inside, winter is a great time to enhance the space. Having shorter days and cooler temperatures can affect your well-being, and for some individuals, make them feel more tired. Color has been proven to boost moods, especially if you're picking a vibrant shade, because it can help combat those winter blues.
What About Updated Floors?
If you have been planning on renovating and updating your flooring, the colder months are ideal because the installation process is easier. Cold weather has a lower humidity level, which means it gives your flooring material more time to acclimate, before the moisture and temperature intensities levels go up.
Doors and Windows Looking Outdated?
If you are finding your energy efficiency levels are dropping, it might be time to consider updating your doors and windows and winter is an ideal time. Whether you're dealing with broken seals, glass, or air leaks, all of these will affect your home's comfort and air quality. The bonus is the colder temperatures can help notify you if there are drafts or leaks so there is no doubt an issue needs to be resolved. And there are typically more sales in the winter, meaning you may get a better price on products.
Considering a Remodel? Contact Kiser Construction
At Kiser Construction, fire, water, and storm damage restoration aren’t our only specialties. We’re also experts in home remodeling. Whether you need bathroom upgrades, a modern kitchen remodel, roofing repairs, or even a full addition to your home, our contractors can deliver it. We service free-standing homes, apartment complexes, condo associations, and even commercial properties. To learn more about our remodeling and addition services, give us a call at 763-633-2010, or feel free to message us on our contact page.
If you’re in need of emergency service following a storm or other incident, we encourage you to call our emergency line at 612-518-8852.