Typically, most exterior only contractors have an off-season, and quite often many would already be in it by now as we enter into the beginning of February. However, since we are experiencing such an uncharacteristically warm beginning to winter, many are finding themselves able to work past their usual end of season. Regardless of how delayed this year’s off-season is, it is still approaching. As we slowly head towards winter, it brings up the valid question of, what is the best time of year to hire an exterior contractor?
Hiring a contractor during, or right before their off-season could be beneficial to you as a homeowner for two reasons:
- Prime choice of schedule time – So many homeowners wait until contractors’ busy season to make contact and try to set up an appointment. During this time, there is a good chance that there will be some sort of wait time for an appointment that could be up to a month or longer. Planning ahead will allow for you to get your project done sooner. This is especially important if the work you need done is urgent or you need it completed before a certain time. It is also essential to mention that it is best to be proactive when it comes to home renovations, maintenance or repair. Waiting until the problem becomes evident, or serious can often result in a higher end cost, and the need for a rushed appointment. Waiting until the problem is severe and/or evident, while also calling during a contractor’s busy season, may result in a waiting time not doable for you and your home’s problem. This may result is worse damage, and/or resorting to hiring a less than desirable/capable contractor. As an example, if your gutters are coming down or are completely damaged and therefore not working properly, this would be considered an urgent repair that would need to be done almost immediately. A wait time of even a few weeks may not be doable for you and could be dangerous to your home.
- Contractors may have better deals in their off-season – If you book when contractors’ don’t have much work on their schedule, you may be able to get some sort of deal on your project costs. There also may be a chance that your contractor bought bulk materials and has a stock of excess supplies for that season they’re looking to get rid of. Some contractors may also offer deals that involve them choosing your scheduled time in correspondence with when it best fits into their schedule, as the year comes to an end, at a discounted rate.
Homeowners and contractors work together to make sure the decided upon solution works for both of them in all instances, but specifically during a slower season, or an off-season there may be mutual benefit in working with the homeowner to keep the contractor busy when they otherwise wouldn’t be.
Also, winter is not just an off-season for workers, but also tends to be the lighter season for homeowners themselves. Spring and summer are prime vacation times, and schedules during warmer months are often much more filled for families. During the winter when you may not have much going on, you can take the chance to sit down with a contractor, face-to-face and really focus on making sure you’re picking the best contractor and best solution for your project.