Outdoor living is almost here! We in the industry eagerly await the “season” to arrive. We are implementing marketing plans, preparing or participating in home shows, developing action plans, meeting with potential customers regarding their plans and signing contracts.
It surprises me every year that more people don’t plan earlier for their project(s). I know, like you we are caught up in the daily challenges of life; kids, work, homework and American Idol (I have to admit, it’s addicting). Typically the phones really begin to ring (off the hook) by mid March and continue through October in this region of the country. On average, by the time we meet, draw optional designs, implement contracts, submit for permits (including home owner associations and zoning requirements) and manage logistics, we typically cannot begin construction for at least 3-6 weeks once a contract is approved.
On average a typical deck project takes about a week to construct. For those that do plan in March, they can begin using their new addition by mid to late April. What about the majority of our customers who wait till late April or May when it truly begins to get warm? Unfortunately for those, it can be late June or July before they begin to use it. Beware of contractors whom can start tomorrow!
My suggestion is to plan earlier. If you are planning graduation parties, birthday parties or other events, please contact us earlier (or whomever you are thinking about contracting with). Hopefully, contractors want to ensure they meet your deadlines. I can assure you it’s vitally important to us.
Did you know that Archadeck of Columbus can build year round? Even though we experience cold weather, it doesn’t impede us from completing decks, screen porches, etc. Annually we are fortunate enough to have business throughout the winter and build them.
Good Luck and I hope you attain your outdoor project this year and can use it all season!