Many people usually don’t plan to do much in winter. The weather outside is frightful the last thing you want is dealing with a contractor in the cold. When you come to think of it, you’ll realize winter is the best times of the year to start your home renovation or new construction project. The cold weather outside serves to make the construction process much easier than you might think. Of course, you can still experience a few challenges but, with proper planning you can overcome them. Here are reasons why you should begin your construction in winter.
Wondering why you’re likely to get better bids for your project in winter? Well, this is the off-season in the construction industry. There’s typically less construction happening at this time of the year which means there’s less demand. On the other hand, supply is high. Most people avoid cold-weather builds. This gives you an opportunity to save money as many construction companies offer discounts and reduced rates.
When a contractor has their schedule clear they have sufficient time to sit down and run their numbers before providing you with an accurate and uninflated bid. More bids means more competitive pricing.
Shortened Permit Waits
No work can begin until the local municipality approves the home designs and plans submitted. You realize that permits can affect the commencement of a construction project as they take time to obtain. The fact that there’s less construction happening in winter means there’s reduced wait times at the municipal permit office. Your plans will be approved faster and the contractor can start working on your project.
Less Downtime Due to Scheduling Disputes
With less construction work happening in winter, there’s less competition for the general and subcontractor’s time. Most construction projects experience delays and miss deadlines because of the time spent trying to resolve conflicts with subcontractors. A delay in one task can have a domino effect on the entire project. In winter, subcontractors can easily focus on the work and ensure their part is done, thereby reducing downtime and delays. As a result, your project will be completed on time.
Better Availability of General and Subcontractors
General contractors and subcontractors have their schedules almost free in winter due to the reduced amount of construction happening. Many people prefer undertaking renovation and construction projects in the warmer months. Contractors are, therefore, more available to focus on your construction and deliver on time.
Contractors are more willing to give you a price break in winter as they’re looking to keep their staff busy even as the fill their schedules at this time of the year. There’s nothing as frustrating to the project owner as extending a construction deadline. Winter seems to be the best time to start your project as you can start and finish the construction well within the designated time frame.
Take time to find the right construction company that’s committed to successfully completing your construction or renovation project, and to your satisfaction. Hire a reputable contractor who has the knowledge, expertise, and experience to deliver quality work.