While winter might seem like an unusual time to undergo a home renovation, it can actually be an ideal time to add value to your home. All you need is the right preparation and an understanding of what to expect to survive your winter home renovation project.

If you’re thinking of or planning to take on a home renovation project this winter, here’s what you need to know.

Surviving your winter home renovation project

Stay in close communication with your contractor

As we mentioned, the right planning and an understanding of what to expect is key to surviving your winter home renovation project. But the right understanding comes from staying in close contact with your contractor. Take some time to speak with them in advance, before the project even starts, to discuss any potential challenges that might arise through the winter project. Understanding these potential challenges can really help you save both time and money and spare you frustration. Understandably, snow and cold weather are two of the main factors that can threaten your winter home renovation, so it’s wise to take the necessary precautionary measures don’t you don’t risk anything.

Prepare your home and your contractor

Some home renovations require you to vacate your home for a few weeks. If that’s the case, make sure your contractor and their team have easy access to your home. Make sure you’ve either shoveled snow or you’ve made arrangements for the snow to get shoveled should a storm blow in during your time away. It’s also wise to have your steps, walkways, and driveway salted.

Depending on the length of your project, it might be worthwhile to take some precautionary measures to ensure pipes don’t burst in your absence. Even if you leave the heat on, when you temporarily move out of your home, it will likely cool down quite a bit. Speak to your contractor and get an understanding of the length of your project to determine what measures you should take. Those might include things like having a plumber come to heat the water line coming into your house or making a request to the municipality to shut the water off-street side.

Additionally, if you’re in a semi-detached house or a townhome, a drastic temperature drop in your home could affect your neighbors. If your shared walls aren’t properly insulated, you might want to discuss adding temporary insulation to prevent heat loss with your contractor.

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