After a long, cold winter, a spring renovation project is a great way to rejuvenate your home. While winter weather can cause delays in material shipments, expose interiors to strong blasts of cold air and is generally unpleasant to work in, spring brings much better working conditions and, in some cases, tax returns that can be used towards your renovation budget. And if you’re thinking about exterior projects, starting in the spring allows damaged grass, shrubs and gardens to recover and regrow once complete.
1. The best projects are not necessarily the sexiest
Upgrades like electrical and plumbing can improve the safety and efficiency of a home, while incorporating storage space into a reno is always a great investment. However, structural issues and waterproofing should always be at the top of the list before any other projects get started. There’s no sense in putting in a new bathroom on a crooked floor, or have your new room damaged by a leaking foundation or roof.
2. Make the most of your outdoor projects by starting in early spring
Upgrades like building a deck or resurfacing an existing one are popular improvement projects in the spring. Winter weather can be hard on a deck surface, so refinishing in the spring allows you to enjoy the deck all summer long.
You may also want to consider a landscaping project for your front or backyard. Upgrading the exterior with hardscape materials like stone and interlocking brick creates an instant visual appeal. Adding shrubs or trees also breaks up the linear lines of the exterior and creates visual interest with texture and colour.
3. Get your contractor and materials booked well in advance
All home renovation projects involve multiple stages and lots of time so the earlier you start planning, the more prepared you’ll be.
It takes time to secure a contractor or project manager, source materials and design spaces which means planning should start months prior. If a project requires permits, they will have to be submitted and approved before building begins. Building inspectors will also be required to sign off on certain stages of a project before the next stage can begin — which all takes time.
To Be Continued…