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Tackling Renovations in the Winter

Tackling Renovations in the Winter

Winter might seem like an unusual time to undertake a renovation, but I’ll let you in on a little secret - the way to a successful winter renovation is by having a plan and communicating it clearly with your renovation specialists. Talking to your contractor in advance about potential challenges can help you save time and money in the long run. Here are a few other considerations to make in your winter renovation plan:


Expect it to be more difficult in some respects to tackle a home renovation during the winter. You’ll want to ensure your driveway, walkways and entrance porches are clear of clutter and any snow that’s fallen, and don’t forget to salt icy patches before they become a hazard. As your renovation team will be coming and going with supplies during the work, it’s important to ensure both their safety, and yours. 


When it comes to large renovations like a kitchen or bath remodel that involves tearing down the space and removing appliances, cabinets or furniture, ensure you have a place to safely stow these pricey items, as they cannot reside out in the cold for long. Prior to ordering your supplies for the renovation, consider where everything will be stored as it waits for installation. Don’t be tempted to buy too much only to find out that you don’t have adequate storage for it during harsh weather. By having temperature-controlled space to store these items, you can minimize any losses caused by snow, ice or melting.


Renovating during winter can present a unique set of challenges that only a pro with experience can handle. Ensure your renovation contract outlines the full scope of work and all associated costs. Avoid contractors who urge you to forego a written contract, as this is a sign that you’re not working with a professional. Verbal agreements make it hard for you to hold someone accountable for sub-par work, and you will not have a point of reference if there is a conflict over payment.



Major renovations may require you to vacate your home for a few weeks for your own sanity and for the ease of the contractors upgrading your space. Consider where you’ll stay, whether it be with family or at a short-term rental location like an Air BnB. Don’t forget to take all of your important necessities from your home so you can feel settled into your temporary space.

Remember that certain projects can be very difficult to complete during the cold season and you should be prepared for delays in deliveries due to weather. If you’re in the market to renovate your home and would like connections to the most trusted trades and renovation professionals in the Shuswap, please do not hesitate to reach out and I’d be happy to connect you. 

Craig Shantz⠀
RE/MAX Shuswap Realty⠀


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