Let’s start with the exterior. The best exterior painting cannot happen in the wintertime; in fact, it’s actually impossible to paint in the winter. Painters don’t want to be outside in -40 any more than you do, so they’d avoid painting outside at this time of season, even if they could. They can’t, however, because paint is not made to be applied in such cold conditions; it won’t adhere properly, it will be far too solid, and it will give you an all-around bad paint job. When you’re looking to have your home’s exterior painted, do it in the spring or summer; paint is very weather sensitive.
When it comes to interior painting, though, winter is a great time to have it done. This is a slow season for painting, so painters will be far more available than they would be in the summertime. That means it will be easier to create a schedule that you can work with. Your interior is temperature controlled, so applying the paints is no extra trouble. The year’s newest colour trends are fresh, too, so you can be on the bleeding edge of what’s stylish in 2019.
Renovations generally entail more than just painting, and there’s actually dual incentive for doing a whole renovation in the winter time. Contractors, like painters, are usually far more available during the slower winter months, and that can mean not only availability but discounted rates. That means you won’t just be getting a more flexible schedule than might be available in the summer months, you’re also renovating for cheaper; labour costs are a huge portion of your overall renovation expenses, so it’s worth looking into. In January and February, many companies are also holding clearance sales to get rid of last year’s stock, so you can find some pretty incredible deals on things like cabinets and countertops.
The biggest disincentive to renovating in the wintertime is that you’ll be in your home a lot while the renovations are occuring. This can be especially problematic if you have small children, so winter renovations aren’t necessarily for everyone. That said, if the house is all adults, it can be a good excuse to go explore Winnipeg in the winter, visiting the restaurants, skating trails, festivals; whatever you like! When you create your renovation schedule, plan times away from your home at the same time, book reservations, and go enjoy; renovate your mind while contractors renovate your home, and by winter’s end you’ll be luxuriating in your new space!