Typically, most exterior only contractors have an off-season. Quite often many would already be in it by now as we enter into the beginning of February. However, since we are experiencing such a 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?
Two reasons why hiring an exterior contractor during, or right before their off-season is beneficial to you as a homeowner:
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 therefore need for a rush 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 the contractors’ are slow, you may be able to get a deal on your project costs. There also may be a chance that your contractor bought bulk materials and has a stock of excess supplies. They may be looking to get rid of for less than the seasonal rate. Some contractors may also offer deals during this time. If you are choosing your scheduled time in correspondence with when it best fits into their schedule may be beneficial. As the year comes to an end, they may offer your project 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. By 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 an exterior contractor, face-to-face and really focus on making sure you’re picking the best contractor and best solution for your project.