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  • Writer's pictureZack Jurkowski

Contractor Fully Booked? Why 9 Months May Be Worth the Wait.

The length of time you can expect to wait for your renovation project can vary based on several factors, including the scope of the project, the availability of materials, and the contractor's schedule.

How Long Is Normal?

If you are hiring a reputable licensed contractor, they may be booked many months in advance and unable provide an exact start date. It is important to have realistic expectations about the timeline of your project. Depending on the contractor's availability and workload, you may need to wait anywhere from 3 to 12 months before work can begin.

Overall, it is important to communicate openly and regularly with your contractor throughout the project to ensure that everyone is on the same page and to minimize delays and misunderstandings. With good communication and realistic expectations, you can work with your contractor to complete your renovation project as efficiently and effectively as possible.

Is It Worth The Wait?

Hiring a reputable licensed contractor who is booked several months in advance may be a wise decision for several reasons:

  1. Quality of work: Reputable licensed contractors are typically in high demand because they have a proven track record of delivering high-quality work. Waiting for a reputable contractor may be worth the wait, as it can result in a higher-quality renovation that is completed to your satisfaction.

  2. Experience and expertise: A reputable licensed contractor has the experience and expertise to handle complex renovation projects that may be beyond the capabilities of less experienced or unlicensed contractors. By hiring a reputable contractor, you can have confidence that your renovation will be completed to the highest standards.

  3. Safety and compliance: Licensed contractors are required to comply with local building codes and safety regulations, which can help ensure that your renovation is safe and compliant with local laws. Hiring an unlicensed contractor or one who cuts corners to save time and money can put you and your property at risk.

  4. Peace of mind: Waiting for a reputable licensed contractor can provide you with peace of mind, knowing that your renovation project is in good hands. Reputable contractors typically provide guarantees and warranties on their work, which can protect you in the event of any issues or defects.

While it may be tempting to hire a contractor who is available immediately, it is important to consider the potential risks and drawbacks of doing so. By waiting for a reputable licensed contractor, you can increase your chances of a successful and high-quality renovation project.

Contractors With Availability Next Week: A Red Flag?

Some experienced homeowners (and even some contractors) may view immediate availability as a potential red flag when considering hiring a contractor. This is because a contractor who is immediately available may not have a full workload due to a lack of demand for their services or a reputation for providing lower quality work.

However, it's important to note that there could be other reasons why a contractor is immediately available. For example, they may have recently completed a project or they may have carefully managed their workload or expanded their team to ensure they have availability for new projects.

Ultimately, the availability of a contractor should not be the sole determining factor in whether or not to hire them. It's important to do your research and thoroughly vet any contractor, regardless of their availability, to ensure that they have a good reputation, provide high-quality work, and are licensed and insured.

In general, reputable licensed contractors are in high demand and may have a waitlist for their services. However, it's always important to consider all factors when hiring a contractor and to choose the one that best fits your needs and budget.


Montreal Contractors is a qualified company, holding an active bonded license as a General Contractor and Specialized Contractor with the Régie du Bâtiment du Québec (RBQ License: 5767-5480-01), ASP Health & Safety Certification and a $2M liability policy. Our employees have all passed background checks, are registered with CNESST and have their ASP Health and Safety certification.

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