So, the magic of the holiday season is over and you are counting down the days until Spring. Hmm…what to fill the time with? You have a long list of projects for the house that you have made as part of your new year’s resolutions. However, you have falsely supposed that those projects should wait until the snow melts, or it’s warmer, etc. Here are a few reasons why winter is actually one of the BEST times to get work done on your house:
- Lower pricing for products: Most people assume that they need to wait for Spring to do work on the outside of their home. Because of this, winter is the slow time for contractors. This drives down the demand for the supplies from the manufacturers resulting in the same quality products for your home but at a much cheaper price.
- Lower pricing for contractors because they are competing. Much like the lowered prices on supplies, you’ll also get lowered pricing on your labor, meaning from the contractors. Because there are less people wanting to do their homes in the winter, there is less work to go around. When contractors compete for your business, you get a much better deal!
- Winter is a slower season for roofers so you are much less likely to be placed on a waiting list to have your roof done. So, not only is winter the cheapest time for you to get work on your home done, you’ll also get it done much faster than if you were to wait for those warmer temperatures. Summer is the high time for contractors. If you choose to wait till then (like everybody else) you could be waiting for weeks for the work to be completed on your home
- Avoid possible leaks and drafts for winter. Not only are leaks and drafts uncomfortable for some, and dangerous for others, they can cause pretty high utility bills for your winter season. With Christmas in winter season, nobody wants to send extra money to the utility company.
- Work is done quickly for better utility bills during the cold. Some people mistakenly think that if they are getting their windows replaced, they will have their windows taken out and then one by one put back in. Contractors do each window one at a time. Meaning, they will only take out one window, replace it, then move on to the next. They do this quickly making less time that you will be without the window in place and more time that you can have the benefit of energy efficient windows for next month’s utility bill!
- Preventive work so problems don’t become more expensive by Spring. Problems that may seem unimportant now can become major problems (and therefore majorly expensive) if they are left unattended until the weather warms up. It is much easier to fix a small problem in winter and do preventative work than it is to wait for warmer temperatures to deal with a now much much bigger problem. The weight from snow on your home combined with Spring melt-off can create a headache that can be avoided with winter work.
- Shingles are much less likely to be scuffed or scar from roofers feet at a lower temperature. Because people prefer to have their homes worked on in the summer, they must deal with the problems that come from summer work–such as scuffing and scarring of shingles from contractor’s feet on very very hot roofs. In the winter when it is cooler, this isn’t an issue at all.
- Prevent ice dams on gutters–or get gutters installed: You’ll want to have gutters properly installed to help with snow run-off. If you do not have gutters, you may need to get ice dams removed from your roof to prevent further damage that will come once the temperature outside warms up.
Still not convinced? You are welcome to wait until Spring/Summer to get work done on your home and (1) pay more for supplies, (2) pay more for your contractor, (3) wait longer for the work to begin or end, (4) have uncomfortable leaks or drafts this winter, (5) pay more for your utility bills, (6) have more expensive problems later, (7) deal with scuffs and other summer-related issues, (8) have dangerous ice dams form on your home, etc. All things considered though, I’d probably not wait till Spring or Summer to get work done on my house…just saying.