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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

December/January is fast approaching and generally builders couldn’t think of a worse time. Anybody in the building trade will relate to the ‘tumbleweed moment’ or lack of phone calls for potential jobs, leading up the dreaded Christmas period.

The majority of builders have their quietest time over these months, exacerbated by the fact that homeowners do not want to take on the task of turning their home into a building site over the festive months ! But like any business, a construction business cannot afford to close. What can they do?

Any viable business will sit and create a strategic plan to see them through these chilly months asking themselves “what household renovations can be done within a short period of time, what can we market?” A bathroom?  A new floor?  A small SIPS Built porch?

From the consumers perspective something to consider for larger projects is to use these colder wet months as productive ‘Planning Months’. Use this time to submit your planning application, sort out your quotations, take on your contractor and to plan for your up and coming project. Weather conditions dictate that builders  will cram in as much work through the summer months  as possible, so having a well organized building plan can only go in your favour and ensure you have minimal on site time scheduled in.

Building with Frames use these months to guide clients and help plan for their up coming projects, whether that’s drawing up designs or sending out quotations.

These months help them line up business for the New Year and schedule work to be in place enabling them to complete projects throughout the 12 months.  As a business they also use these quieter periods to review their stock levels, reflect on their previous 12 months of business, identify new trends, set out the next year’s strategy and compare their performance to previous years.

Understanding your businesses rhythm is fundamental.  Once you’ve been in a business a year or two, your trade pattern is easier to see and strategic planning for the forth coming years becomes a key element to increasing your business.

There are always ways to use these quieter months to your advantage and embrace them with a full positive ethos, ensuring that down time is not wasted.

This blog was provided by Connor from Building with Frames