We’ve already seen the first major snowfall of the year here in the Denver area, and for most of us things like scraping the frost off of car windows and shoveling the sidewalk coincide with the end of all major outdoor home projects for the season. However, this might not be the case if you knew about the benefits of cold-weather renovations! Read on to see why it’s not too late to install a deck, fence, or pergola this year – in fact, the coming weeks and months may be the best time of all to start and finish projects like this!
1. Contractor Availability
Everyone associates projects like fence and deck installation with the warmer months. Contractors are well aware of this, as it is much harder for them to fill their schedule books when it’s cold out, even though they are fully capable of working during the winter. As a result, it is much easier to book a project according to your own schedule since most contractors will have more than enough time to fit you in, even on short notice. Think of the implications of this, as well; oftentimes contractors who offer the highest quality work are extremely busy, so the winter months may be your best opportunity to get an appointment with the contractor who is really the best fit for your project.
Since contractors have a hard time filling up their schedules during the winter months, it naturally follows that competition between contractors is at an all-time high. If you do a little shopping around, you will almost certainly receive quotes at lower prices than you would during the busy spring and summer seasons. Winter is the best time to build for cost-conscious, highly efficient consumers.
The concept of undertaking a major outdoor project during the winter months seems unappealing to many because, well, who would want to work long hours out in the cold? Think of it this way: the work is being done by the contractor, who is more than happy to labor even when it’s cold outside. By completing a project during the winter, this allows you to enjoy your new fixture immediately once warm weather arrives rather than only beginning the project at that point in time.
Do you still think it’s too late to get started on an outdoor project? We don’t, and we encourage you to pull the trigger if you’ve been putting off a major undertaking – or to go ahead and start the planning process if you had been planning to wait. There are some great reasons to act sooner rather than later, so don’t be afraid to take advantage of the opportunity!