If you’ve been thinking about upgrading your home or cottage in the near future, the winter season is one of the best opportunities of the year to see it through. Increased contractor availability, end of season sales, and less disruption to your overall lifestyle are just some of the reasons to explore the possibility of renovating your home this winter. Winter also provides you with a great opportunity to outfit your home or cottage with energy efficient windows and doors, and to take on some of those small interior upgrades you’ve been waiting all year to get around to.
Contractors have increased availability
One of the biggest advantages of renovating your home in winter is that contractors often have increased availability during the winter months, especially in Muskoka where they are booked solid from Victoria Day to Thanksgiving. Many people live with the misconception that winter is the worst season to schedule their renovations for, meaning that they wait until the spring and summer seasons to get work done. The sooner you can book your renovation projects, the more likely it is to be done before the end of the winter – this is advantageous for cottage owners who are looking to get the most out of their spring and summer by the lake.
Take advantage of seasonal sales
The winter season can sometimes mark the end of a product’s official lifespan, seeing retailers around the country reduce their prices to make room for new products. This is a great time to explore your possibilities and try to score a great deal on things like furniture and building materials to get you ready for your next big home improvement project.
The least disruptive season for cottage renovations
If you’re looking to get the most out of your stay at the cottage this spring and summer, there’s no better time than now to get things done around the property. Winter renovations will save you from having to block off areas of your property during the busy cottage season, ensuring that you and your family can enjoy the entire house during prime summer days. Less disruption to your routine means that your summer will be breezy and stress free, the way it should be.
Great opportunity to focus on energy efficiency
The winter season is the best time to make your home more energy efficient. Old windows can account for up to 25% of total heat loss in a home, shooting your heating bills through the roof. This can be curbed by replacing those drafty old windows and doors with high performing energy efficient models that save you money by demanding less of your heating system over the winter. Energy efficient windows and doors will keep your home warmer in the winter, and cooler in the summer, lowering your utility bills and improving your overall enjoyment of time spent indoors. Improving your home’s energy efficiency means that you and your family will be more comfortable all year long, no matter what the weather’s like.
The ideal time for small interior upgrades
Launching your home improvement projects during the winter doesn’t mean that you have to throw your life into chaos and disorder. The winter can be a great time to start those small interior upgrades you’ve always wanted to tackle. New kitchen countertops or backdrops, bathroom tiles or fixtures, more closet space, or that personal office you’ve always wanted – these are just some of the renovation projects you can take on this winter.
The winter season is the perfect time to install new windows and doors in your Muskoka home or cottage. Upgrading doors and windows prevents excess energy loss, keeping you more comfortable during cold winters, and increasing your home’s overall energy efficiency. To find out more about the high performance window and door products offered by Muskoka Window & Door Centre, contact us today.