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November is the best month for home renovations

Posted by Nicholas Searle ot 10:16 AM

First thing that might turn away homeowners from renos are cost but did you know that pricing strategy for home upgrades works much like planning your vacation? There are high and low seasons for contractors as well. April is considered a high season and November is the low season. Usually, you can get some bargains with contractors when it’s the low season. Also, end-of-season sales happen during this time of year (Nov-Dec), so why not splurge and go for that new appliance that you’ve been eyeing for so long! Not all renos can start in November but here are some tips for renovations that will potentially save you money in the future.  

1. New flooring, kitchen countertops and fixtures

This type of small indoor work and repairs is perfect for November. It can be done in just under a month and can give a whole new look to the area. It is recommended to start with the cabinets first because new floors can get scratched during cabinet installation. Reno that kitchen and treat it as your early Christmas gift! Surprise your guests with the upgrades!

2. Replacing with tri-pane windows

It is ideal to purchase windows with a higher energy performance rating. Replacing old ones with tri-pane windows can help reduce heating costs during winter months. You can sit in a chair beside a triple-glazed window and not feel the cold. They are heavier and more expensive, but extremely durable and last many more years. Extra panes of glass naturally mean more soundproofing as well. Enjoy the peace and quiet!

3. Add garage door and wall insulation

Make this decision based on your personal lifestyle. If you use your garage as storage, you're probably better off insulating the walls and ceiling of your garage. If you use your garage as extra living or work space, it's probably worth your while to insulate the door or replace it with an insulated model. Installing insulation on garage walls and waterproofing your garage doors can prevent damage to items stored next to your vehicle and protect tools and bikes from winter rust.

4. Covering exposed pipes and hose bibs

Make sure to properly wrap and insulate pipes, hose bibs, and sprinklers, that are exposed to the outside elements, to protect them from freeze and bursting. DIY methods like a towel or newspaper wrap around an exposed pipe should be avoided because they hold moisture. Inspect and repair all leaks before it’s too late! It’s something critical to spend money on because a burst pipe can send water into the property come spring time and result in potentially thousands in repairs to damaged floors and furniture.


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