How to Renovate During the Winter

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There are many good reasons why you should wait until spring before you renovate, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be done even if the weather is cold. If you don’t want to wait, here are some helpful tips on how to renovate during the winter.

Renovating a Home

Renovation is usually done during the hotter months of the year, and the reason why is simply because it’s practical. When it’s warm outside it’s easy to ventilate the house, getting rid of dust, toxic fumes, and the smell of paint. The possibility to move the kitchen or dining room out of the house during renovation is also beneficial.

Craftsmen are Cheaper and More Available

If you’re going to renovate the bathroom or the kitchen, or other areas that involves electricity, you need to hire professional craftsmen. Because summer is high-season for renovations, contractors, architects, and other craftsmen are expensive and often unavailable when you need them.

This means that you can save a lot of money by renovating during the winter. The chance of hiring a skilled contractor is higher for å lower cost.

How to Choose the Right Contractor:

  • Ask for offers from three or four different contractors
  • Make sure they are certified and qualified for the job
  • Check references
  • Arrange an inspection
  • Sign a contract describing the job

Avoid Chemical Blackening

Chemical blackening occurs when building materials such as glue, lacquer, and paint evaporate and get mixed with microscopical soot particles in the air. On a freshly painted wall, it looks like small, black stains and it occurs particularly around light switches and on kitchen cabinets.

Chemical blackening is avoided by choosing quality materials and airing out the room, but if you use the fireplace or light candles in the same room you might make it worse. When it is cold and dry outside, which is typical during winter, you also risk black stains.

To avoid chemical blackening, it can be helpful to warm your home to 25-30 degrees celsius after painting. This allows the plaster and wood in the walls to get heated all the way through. After they are heated, make sure the room is properly ventilated.

Save Money by Renovating During Winter

By renovating during fall or winter, you can save money on contractors and materials. Pay attention to great offers and bargains, and you might make a great deal.

How to Fund the Project:

  • Private savings - usually it takes months to save enough money, so make sure you plan far ahead.
  • Personal loans - if you’re considering a private loan without collateral, use a financial agent to secure a cheap loan.
  • Ask for help - maybe you have a friend who is considering redecorating the kitchen? Help each other out to keep the costs at a minimum.

Most people choose a combination of private savings, loans and help from friends and family. Renovation is never cheap and will often cost more than you plan for. Our final tip is, therefore, to plan for a financial buffer in case something unexpected happens.


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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
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Good morning, Lisa Davies this is good guidance for those who are thinking of renovating..... one does not need to wait until spring....

Nov 19, 2019 04:54 AM #1
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
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Good afternoon Lisa Davies - this is very good information.  Interior work is best done in the winter.

Nov 19, 2019 12:54 PM #2
Bob Ratliff
Robert Ratliff Realty - San Antonio, TX
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Renovating during any season will add to a homeowners value it's nice to know one can remodel during the Winter months, thanks for the suggestions.

Nov 21, 2019 02:25 AM #3
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