With the holiday season just around the corner, the pressure to make your home picture perfect is on. Home improvement can be stressful, but proper planning can ease that stress. Renovating your home in fall or winter can mean great savings and is the perfect way to winter-proof your home.
If you feel a holiday renovation is too late in the year, take a couple of minutes to read this. These tips from The Reno Superstore will help you create a road map to make your holiday renovation a success.
Top Reasons to Consider a Holiday Renovation (And How to Manage It)
Home improvement projects during the holiday season can mean big savings and a fast transformation. Here is why you should consider signing up for a holiday renovation.
Secret 1: Better Scheduling Options
The hottest time for renovation is spring and summer which leaves winter wide open for many contractors. This is perfect for you if you are looking to get some work done around the house.
Get in touch with your local general contractor to plan your project. Chances are they will be available to get the work done within your schedule.
If you are planning to put your property on the market for the busy spring selling season, now is definitely the time to start!
Secret 2: Great Incentives
Why pay more when you can pay less? Choosing to renovate in the winter can have major payoffs as you may be able to get end-of-season price reductions on both home improvement products and services.
Since it is not peak season for contractors, you can probably get a better deal on your projects. At The Reno Superstore, we advocate for fair pricing on all our products and services year-round, but prices can get even better during the holidays.
If you are based in Toronto or Mississauga, The Reno Superstore offers great prices on home improvement products. Get in touch with us to learn more.
Secret 3: Best Working Conditions
Contrary to popular belief, winters are perfect to get renovation work done. The drier air actually facilitates the entire renovation process by encouraging the drying of plaster and other materials. If you are planning to get new flooring, this is the perfect time, even though homeowners believe the warmer seasons are better. Indeed, there is a 121% increase in the online search for general contractors in spring and summer.
Secret 4: Faster Building Permits
Depending on your project, you may require a building permit. During the peak season, there are often delays in getting those building permits in a timely fashion. Like contractors, government agencies can run into slowdowns, so expect building permits to be approved faster in winter.
Secret 5: Get Government Renovation Grants
Did you know you can get tax credits and grants on some renovation projects? This isn’t specific to holiday renovations but certainly something that can save you money.
If you are planning to renovate, make sure to check to see if your project qualifies for these rebates and grants.
Now that you know the best-kept secrets in the renovation industry, let’s have a look at how to manage your project.
How to Manage Your Holiday Renovation Like a Pro
- Plan Ahead
Start by taking time to understand what renovations you need. And don’t leave this to the last minute. We always suggest doing proper research before committing to a renovation.
Do you want to know which type of flooring will suit your budget? Do you need a new interior door or a nice bathroom vanity? Don’t get carried away by pictures on Instagram and Pinterest. While inspiration is good, you will need a renovation plan that addresses your needs.
- Remember Your Budget
No matter your budget, it is good to have an upper limit and overall idea of how much you are willing to spend. This helps to set a proper goal and saves you money. The Reno Superstore also offers easy financing, starting with purchases of just $50.
Consider the cost of materials, what the contractor charges if you live in a remote area, and shipping charges. Have a realistic budget plan and make sure to share it with your contractor.
Doing certain things like picking up materials, removing your old carpet, and doing your own painting can help you save money.
- Hire a Professional
This step is crucial for the successful completion of your project. While the holidays are a great time to negotiate prices, it is important to hire a well-regarded and professional contractor.
Communicate with them regarding your expectations of the project. For instance, if you need new flooring installed before your Christmas guests turn up, then create an appropriate timeline.
Like we said, understand your needs and communicate the same with your contractor. The Reno Superstore offers top-notch installation services in Toronto and Mississauga at competitive prices.
- Order In Advance
Getting new laminate or tile floors? Holidays are a busy time, and unpredictable weather and pandemic-related shipping circumstances may delay your orders. So anticipate these before ordering. Speak to your contractor and make sure to add these considerations to your work plan.
Certain flooring materials like engineered wood and solid hardwood require acclimatization for at least 48 hours before installation. Make sure to understand this when committing to a holiday renovation.
- Audit Your Belongings
Are you gutting your property or just getting a bathroom remodel? It is important to keep track of your belongings during a renovation. Home improvements are hectic and things can get lost or stolen. If your home has things of value then make a list of all your belongings. Better to be careful than sorry.
In the end, following this road map will help maximize your holiday renovation. Planning a project, no matter how small, requires significant planning and research before investing. The experts at The Reno Superstore are available seven days a week to help you with your renovation needs. Our retail stores in Toronto and Mississauga have the latest collections of flooring, vanities, and other supplies. Get in touch with us for your next project.