Save Money on Your Home Renovation by Hiring a Contractor Off-Season


It’s wintertime, and most contractors are still in hibernation mode. But if you’re the type to take advantage of end-of-season sales, then it’s the perfect time for you to start looking for the best renovation professionals. Since it’s the slowest time of the year for contractors, you might be able to save money on your home renovation project. Here are six reasons to hire a contractor off-season.

You can save money on your home renovation

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The first few months are the slowest time of the year for contractors, so they’re eager to fill their schedules with projects. They’re also keenly aware that homeowners like you are looking to save money on your home renovation and are more open to negotiation. In many cases, that means they’ll lower their prices in the contractor off-season to secure projects.

That said, don’t expect Boxing Day prices. Contractors don’t have the same profit margin as retailers, so they can’t give you 50% off on your home renovation. They can, however, help you save a few hundred to a few thousand dollars depending on the value of your project. Remember to take the time to fully understand and compare your quotes before you choose your contractor.

Contractors will have more time for your project

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Let’s face it: every renovation project is different and comes with its own set of challenges. Thankfully, during the off-season, contractors can spend more time talking to you about your project and answering any questions you may have.

Those looking to complete a home renovation on a budget will have the opportunity to pick their contractor’s brain for ideas before starting the work. Similarly, those who have their heart set on something specific will have the chance to elaborate in detail. And since your contractor isn’t pressured by tight deadlines, they can help guide your project and propose ideas that meet your needs and budget!

You can pick from the best contractors

Hunting for contractors during peak season is a little like shopping for flipflops in December: your choices are limited, and you’ll probably end up paying for something you don’t really want.

During the contractor off-season, you’ll have more construction professionals to choose from! Remember that renovation projects are an investment, so take the time to choose the contractor that best fits your needs. Not only will you save money on your home renovation in the long run, but you’ll also have a finished product you can be proud of!

You can pick a time slot that suits you

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“I can book you in October, but not earlier…”

Have you ever found the perfect contractor and then found out that they’re not available until much later than you’d hoped? If you want your balcony or deck to be perfect in time for summer, you’ll want to start looking during the slowest time of the year for contractors.

Since contractors are just starting to book projects for the year, the chances of getting a time slot that fits your schedule are much higher. Plus, if you know when you’ll be on vacation, you could book the project during that time and avoid dealing with the mess and noise that comes with renovating a home!

Your contractor can hire the best subcontractors

The off-season benefits not only you but also your general contractor! More industry professionals will be available, so they’ll be able to hire their favourites for your project. It gives them the chance to create the perfect team to execute your project on time and on budget. Win-win!

You can save money on project materials

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Much like contractors, renovation centres also have slow periods. During the winter, they have to sell off their old stock to make room for new products and materials. Take some time to browse the sales and clearance sections. It’s a great way to save money on your home renovation – you might even be able to find that dream flooring at a fraction of the cost!

This is also a great time to hunt for uncommon materials. Some products have to be ordered in, which can take up to eight weeks. Renovation projects typically have a tight schedule, so avoid the stress that comes with last-minute shopping and pick out what you want ahead of time!

Create your dream home

Each design element, colour palette, and accent piece come together to showcase different elements of your personality and identity! It’s worthwhile to invest in creating spaces that are both functional and enjoyable.

That said, preparing for a renovation project can be stressful! There’s a seemingly endless to-do list, from browsing the latest home trends to figuring out who to hire. If you’re looking for someone to help, talk to one of our Renovation Advisors – they’ll walk you through your project, give expert advice, and find you up to 3 Verified Contractors at no cost. Still in the planning stage? Browse our completed projects to see just what’s possible!

Marilena Tricarico has been a key figure in the interior design world for over 15 years. Her expertise and designs have been featured on the hit TV show Décore ta Vie for 10 years. Today, she shares her knowledge of the renovation industry with RenoAssistance as a video content producer and host.