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The winter is coming. This is the eternal phrase killing many home remodeling dreams this year. Savvy customers have learned that it doesn’t have to be this way. The conversion is possible all year round. In fact, winter might even be better than summer. We asked our expert what we should know about the conversion in the winter months.

Q: Can you remodel in winter?

A: Remodeling in winter can be very pleasant. In places where it gets cold and snowy, it can be a bit more difficult to work outdoors, but there are often restrictions. The interior conversion can be done all year round.

Many contractors conduct a fall rush to complete excavation or concrete foundation work before the ground freezes. If they can get those things done, the rest of the structure can be built no matter the weather. An advantage is that you don’t have to deal with rain.

Q: What are contractors not allowed to do in winter?

A: Many places have climatic conditions that allow for renovation work to be carried out in winter. In some places it is so cold that it is difficult or impossible to dig into the ground. If installing new underground water supply and sewer lines is part of the remodeling, it could slow things down. A trench must also be dug for buried power supplies.

Many places stay below freezing for long periods of time, making pouring concrete foundations or footings impossible or too expensive to be worthwhile.

Exterior paint is best left until spring. It can be done in winter but requires a lot of plastic and portable heaters. This is not time and cost efficient and certainly not environmentally friendly.

Q: Is it better to remodel a house in winter?

A: I think so. Good contractors are busy in the summer. Sometimes it can feel like you’re just a number to them. In the winter months they are often less busy. Those who have remodeling done during the winter tend to get more personal attention, and work tends to get done faster due to a lack of distractions.

From the perspective of the contractor, little or no precipitation is to be expected. It is much easier to protect a house from snowfall than from rain. They often work on indoor projects where the weather is always perfect. Many customers go on holiday in the winter, which means fewer worries about paint fumes or dusty air for both parties.

Q: Is it cheaper to rebuild in winter?

A: It used to be an absolute truth that you could hire a contractor for less money in the winter. Those times are as good as over. Good home remodeling companies are always busy. There are no more discounts just so they have something to do. However, to stay competitive, some remodelers may be offering holiday discounts or “Get Ready for Spring” sales.

Design-build companies like to fill their summer calendars in winter. It might prove fruitful to look for offers to design a future project.

In summary, I would be wary of hiring a contractor in the winter who will negotiate a discount just to secure the job.

Q: Why don’t you want to remodel in winter?

A: There are a few reasons to hold off on the winter rebuild. First, it’s vacation time. If you are the host of your extended family’s holiday events, it may not be desirable to have parts of your home disassembled during this time.

Second, dust and fumes can cling to closed windows. Builders are very concerned about this. Low VOC paint is always used in winter and special tools keep dust to a minimum. But there is seldom a perfect solution. It can help to air the house when the weather permits and have fresh oven filters on hand.

After all, a conversion can be noisy. When the windows and doors are closed and the weather is too cold to go outside, it’s difficult to escape the noise of the power tools. For some, that’s too much to handle.

Q: What types of projects do you recommend for winter?

A: Anything inside is the expected answer. Think of kitchen remodeling, bathroom remodeling and basement remodeling. But building additions are great for both contractors and clients. If the foundation can be poured before everything freezes, the rest of the job is easy.

Remodeling company owners like it because they know their crew will move efficiently to finish the exterior so they can get in where it’s warm. Customers can rest assured that the project will progress as quickly as possible. Less seasonal rainfall also means water doesn’t get in where it shouldn’t before the roof is deployed to protect the structure.

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