When temperatures drop, there’s nothing cozier than curling up inside with hot cocoa. Plus, between the holidays and winter sports, who has the energy or desire to do any home improvement tasks? Well, give it a second though as the winter month turn out to be a great time to do certain home improvement projects. Plus, if you’re looking to do a spring or summer home sale then it’s never too early to get started with home sale prep and repairs.
Another reason to consider having a contractor work on your home improvement needs during the winter: according to HomeLight’s Top Agent Insights Survey for Q3 2019, 91% of agents believe builders and contractors are busiest in spring and summer, while less than 8% say these professionals are busiest in the winter. Plus, 67% of top agents say that building materials and labor for home renovations are the cheapest between October and March. All of this adds up to doing certain projects during the “offseason” because they genuinely cost less.
Having said that, it’s always best to know some of the best ways to work on your home with a contractor in the winter. Below are the top three winter home improvement tasks you can have a contractor do for you:
- Seal Up Cracks Around the House
First, you could work with a contractor to help seal up cracks around the house. Think of your outer-walls, your windows, doors or vents as an envelope, and this envelope constantly has air seeping in through cracks and failures. Sealing leaks can help keep energy costs lower, and keep air out. Sealing leaks alone around windows and doors, through the foundation, and in the attic can reduce this airflow by about 25%. In addition, with a shift in paradigm going towards having a home with green features, this is a no brainer addition that anyone should consider.
- Insulate Your Attic and House
Second, in connection with the sealing cracks, you could work on insulating your attics, ducts and foundation. It’s a proven fact that if you live in a cold, winter environment and you don’t have an insulated attic you are almost guaranteed to lose air and heat. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends air sealing any areas of your home that might need it first before tackling insulation. But, in doing this, you will make sure that you will have a very warm and welcoming home during the long, cold, winter months.
- Replace Your Windows with New Ones
Finally, you could replace your windows in winter. Are you sensing a theme for this post? We are looking to make sure that you save as much money as possible with your heating and energy bills, and replacing your windows is one of the best ways to do that. Replacing old, faulty windows that have air leaks with newer, energy-saving windows you could see the difference year over year in your energy bills.understand and navigate. We take pride in helping our customers see their basement remodeling projects come to life, and we look forward to always serving our customers by being the best. We separate ourselves from everyone else because every inch matters, and respect is valued!
As with all construction projects, finding the best contractor to help you with these is key. Be sure to give Inch By Inch Construction a call, and see how we can help you create heat in your home this winter.