In Canada, it’s often joked that there are two seasons: winter and construction. While it may seem especially true when you’re trying to escape to the beach on family vacation, the fact is that there’s a lot of behind-the-scenes work going on in the construction industry throughout the winter. Should you plan commercial construction in winter? You bet you should! And here’s why:
Choosing Commercial Contractors Is Easier
It’s a lot easier to interview, vet and book a commercial contractor during the winter months. When the weather is warm, they’re typically out there in the field and near fully booked. Getting and maintaining their attention during a busy construction season can be difficult. In the winter, commercial contractors will likely have more time to sit down with you and help plan your commercial construction project.
You Might Get A Better Price
During quieter seasons, commercial contractors are often feeling the pinch. Unexpected expenses, a long winter and the subsequent lack of work may make them more amenable to giving you a deal on your construction project. Shopping around for various contractors throughout the winter months should give you a good range of pricing choices.
You’ll Be Well Prepared For Construction Season
If you start planning your commercial construction project in the winter, you should have everything in place once the weather begins to warm up. This means you’ll be able to take full advantage of the spring thaw and work well into autumn if necessary. Winter planning equals a spring groundbreaking.
Sourcing Materials May Be Easier
With all the supply chain disruptions the world has experienced since the global pandemic, it’s hard to be sure if the materials that you want will be available when you want them. If you start planning your commercial construction project in the winter you may be able to get a jump on sourcing supplies before construction season begins in earnest. Of course, there’s no guarantee, but with fewer construction projects occurring in the dead of winter, it wouldn’t be a stretch to think that you won’t be in as much competition for a limited supply of materials.