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Posted by: from Toronto
11/20/2012 at 10:41:19 AM

My wife and I are considering a kitchen renovation after the holidays. This is something we've been planning for a long time and are finally ready to get things started however we're concerned about our timing. Besides the obvious issues of weather conditions, we've been told that better deals on materials tend to occur during the warmer months for this type of renovation.

There's also the plus of it being a slow time for most contractors which will help eliminate the possibility of them double booking projects and project delays.

We'd be very interested in getting as many opinions on this as we can, especially from contractors offering renovation services.

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Date/Time11/20/2012 at 11:10:55 AM

Hello,

In regards to your concerns a good contractor gets great deals on materials no matter the time of year. Also they are steady all year long there should be no real slow time for a good contractor.

Hope this helps a little.

Chris

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Date/Time11/20/2012 at 11:24:46 AM

Malkin,

Unfortunately we are in Alberta. To respond to your concerns, I would not put the time of year as a major obstacle. Spring and summer are in demend for many outside projects such as siding, decks, roofing and whatever else may come to mind.

Inside renovations are desired by many contractors simply to be out of the weather. Deals and general pricing should not be a major factor. In fact, many suppliers increase the cost of goods in the new year, just as a matter of cost of living adjustments. (used to be approximately 5%)

I would suggest making a plan of what you would like to have done and request up to three estimates. (no more as that can become confusing) Also, ... if you go that route, ... make sure all estimates are for the same or like materials. So compare apples to apples but also spartan apples to sparten apples. Make sense?

Good luck with your project and have fun with it.

Regards from Alberta.

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Date/Time11/20/2012 at 11:27:52 AM

January-March is a great time to do a renovation. It is a slower season for most trades, so accessibility for their time is usually better. There is no such thing as "cheaper materials" in the summer months, and prices with some trades go up in the summer, as they are usually extremely busy.

Hope that helps...

Greg Alvas

Rock Point Cabinets

403-899-8562

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Steve from SM Construction in Hamilton
Date/Time11/20/2012 at 11:58:25 AM

Hi there,

Now is the time to go forward with the kitchen renovations. All the deals are ion shortly!

Steve

289 975 4050 x 234

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Douglas from Dougs Demolition in Plainfield
Date/Time11/20/2012 at 12:13:48 PM

Yes he might get a cheaper deal but i would sugest summer time when weather and temp will help with the job site but winter is slow for most contractors but it shouldnt afect pricing but like i said some contractors dont like the cold to work in.

Hope this is helpfull to you.

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Date/Time11/20/2012 at 4:23:16 PM

Hello Malkin,

Just wondering what you were thinking about in terms of "renovations"?

Regards,

Brian

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Date/Time11/20/2012 at 5:08:43 PM

Hi,

The only time a contractor slows down his work load is when he wants to, as far as double booking that's in how you run your business. I would suggest getting a few quotes from quality businesses in your area, material sales come and go, your contractor should be able to get things at a cheaper price.

Wish I could be more help but I'm in NB.

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Date/Time11/23/2012 at 1:45:33 PM

Not sure what a slow time is... I think electrical work was slow in the 80s... not so much now.

As far as electrical material, prices keep going up and up. Especially copper wire, metal conduit, etc.

Cheers

John

John Kuehnl-Cadwell

Master Electrician

Datawise Solutions Inc

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Date/Time11/29/2012 at 9:45:26 PM

From Ron Petrucci.

After xmas would be better.

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