commercial constructionCache Valley’s Three Seasons

There’s an old joke here in Cache Valley: the three seasons are winter, spring, and construction.

Here in Cache Valley, you’ve got construction going on all through summer and fall, but did you know that this attitude misses out on the best times for doing construction projects?


Winter Is The Best Time To Start

You heard me right; winter is the best month to start a construction project in Cache Valley.  It may seem counter-intuitive; after all, you can’t do construction in winter, right?  It’s too cold, the snow creates hazards, and so on and so forth.  The obvious reasons why you shouldn’t do construction in the winter are obvious.  The problem with obvious things, however, is that what is obvious isn’t always correct. I mean, have you ever read anything in the field of quantum theory?  So, here are 3 reasons why you should start a construction project in the winter.


1. The Start of Construction Projects Are Slow

construction planning            The very best reason why you should start in winter is that the start of construction projects are very slow.  There’s budget development, the design phase, and getting permits in order.  You must do these before you ever start to build.  This is why the joke is “winter, spring, and construction,” instead of just “winter and construction.”  People get started in the spring, but because everything takes so long to get started, they don’t actually start building in the summer.

However, if you start in the winter, you’ll be using those months the crew can’t be on site to get all the bureaucratic and design details done.  While everybody else is sitting on their hands, you’ll be taking care of all the things that slow down the project.  As soon as spring comes, you’ll be able to start on the construction.  This will mean less time pressure for the construction crew because the coming winter never looms so strongly.  With less pressure from time limits, there is less stress on site.  Less stress means less mistakes, and that means less money spent fixing them.  It saves you time and money.


2. Deal With Construction Hiccups

Since your crew will have less pressure and less stress, there will be less mistakes.  That doesn’t mean there won’t be hiccups, though.  Every construction project will run into delays; that’s just the way life works.  If you’re able to start the building at the start of spring, there will be more time to deal with these hiccups.  The crew can smooth out the humps and bumps along the way instead of having to clean them in a rush at the last minute.  This will also reduce the errors made on site.

Haste makes waste, as they say.  No rush means no fuss.


3. Observe Adverse Conditions

Because you’re planning your construction in winter, you’ll be seeing the space you’re building in during the worst weather. This gives you the opportunity to see how your building will handle those conditions.  You can inspect how it handles freeze-thaw cycles, rain, snow, and storms.  These observations allow you to better plan for drainage, and wind shielding.  If you wait until spring to start, you’ll be seeing the area while it’s hot and dry.  This means you won’t know about any drainage or storm issues until next spring, well after you’ve already got most, if not all of the building constructed.  You’ll be stuck with costly reconstruction projects to fix any errors you could have caught if you’d begun your planning when you could see potential weather-related issues.


Don’t Waste Your Winter

If you’ve got a construction project you’d like to start, now is the best time.  Just because the crew can’t be on site during the winter, that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do.  If you start now, you can take care of all those pesky legal and design issues.  You’ll be ready to start building as soon as spring hits and have it done while everybody else is rushing to complete it before the snowfall.  If you’ve got a project you want started, get in touch with us today.  We’ll help you get the most out of your money.