Are you looking to have some work done around your home or business? Don't expect instant gratification; especially in summer months.
Business is pretty typical for small contractors: it mirrors the weather. The slow season is fall through early spring, and the heavy volume season is mid spring to late summer. This is most likely due to people recovering (financially) from the holiday season and filing federal income taxes.
Plan Ahead! We're Busy!
It happens all the time: a client will contact us in the summer months, expecting an estimate within a few days and their project to be completed in the following couple weeks. Most likely, we have to turn work down because we're booked through August by the beginning of June. If you want a project done by summer (labor day or July 4th), reach out to a contractor 3 months before your desired completion date. Also, be sure to have your financials in order. It's popular to pay as stages of the project are completed.
Remember: contractors are slow in the cold months, and booked up in warm ones! Get your project completed beforehand, and keep us busy when we're slow. It's a win-win situation!
More Thought, Better Results
The best type of contract is one that has been well-thought-out. The more the client knows exactly what they want, the smoother the project will go. Also, purchasing your materials ahead of time (if you know what you're doing) can be a real time saver; the biggest delays in projects tend to be multiple change orders, and simply waiting for materials to arrive on-site.