Tips for a Smooth Winter Renovation in Northern Illinois

ldr-picWinter in Northern Illinois can be as beautiful as it is frustrating. With record-breaking snowfalls and ice damage, there are many winter variables that can cause damage to your home. Here are some tips for planning a smooth renovation of your Northern Illinois property after damage from snow, ice or flooding.

Create a List of Questions for Your Contractor

During the early stages of working with a home renovation contractor, you should have a list of questions prepared to help you stay informed. From questions you may have about pricing to the time it will take for the renovation to be completed, asking questions is the best way to get comfortable with the process. Renovations can take weeks or even months to complete, so it is important that you feel heard and informed every step of the way. Whether you need a commercial mold remediation or a total home renovation, knowing how long a renovation will take and what you can expect at different stages can alleviate frustration and help you stay focused on the goal.

Obtain Alternate Heat Sources

From battery-powered generators to blankets, many wintertime renovations come at the cost of lost power for brief periods of time. Be sure that you have what you need to stay warm, safe and comfortable if the power goes out. Some homeowners stay in a hotel for a short period of time during renovations, while others choose to remain there until their home is completely ready. If you do choose to stay in your home, keep extra blankets on hand and consider purchasing equipment that does not rely on electricity to keep at least one area of your home warm in an emergency.

Know the Benefits

While having your home renovated in the winter comes with its own difficulties, there are also benefits. Winter renovations are often more affordable due to lower manufacturing costs. With the rush of spring renovation projects comes an increased premium on materials and gear. You can often get lower prices on materials in the colder months of the year, making your home transformation more affordable. Winter renovations also take less time on average than summer and spring renovations, so you can make more progress in a limited time.

Prioritize Your Renovations

With any home renovation, it is important to make a list of the projects you need to have done, the ones you want to have done, and the ones that can wait. Prioritize the projects that will be more difficult or expensive to perform in the coming seasons. Having a roof replaced, for example, takes longer in the spring than it does in the winter and the materials are significantly more expensive when warmer weather rolls around. Replacing interior fixtures is another high-level priority for most home renovations, especially if you are having difficulty with day-to-day life because of a faulty fixture. Renovating your home in the winter can be a rewarding experience with the right planning and the right contractors. Contact Leaders in Disaster Restoration today for more information on timing and planning your renovation.
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