Need some nonemergency work done on your house that doesn’t require a contractor? Here’s when to call to beat the rush.
“Spring, summer, and early fall [are the best times] to replace your heating boiler. I get upset when people wait until December and I have to shut their heat off,” said David Elman of Baker-Elman Plumbing Co. in Newton Centre. “Call a month in advance,” he said. “The more time you give me, the better.”
Dennis Frazier of Cooling Unlimited Inc. in Reading recommends calling two months ahead to schedule installation work in March, April, and May for air-conditioning and in August and September for heating.
“Get in our books in the winter for the spring,” said Dominique Weyl of Waltham contractor DS Brody & Associates.
For putting in new plants, spring and early fall are the best times, said Bob Kelley of Arborway Tree Care in Hyde Park. Generally speaking, fall and winter are the best times to prune shade trees so they don’t damage your house, he added. Call four to six weeks prior to the season in which work needs to be done.
The work can be done all year long, but “it’s hard when it’s 90 degrees,” said Mike Forrest of Great Island Plastering Inc. of Brighton and Westwood. The fall is a “beautiful time to do plastering,” he said. Call three to four weeks out.
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“We start sending out service reminders in late March,” said Dick Mottolo of Service Pumping & Drain Co. in North Reading. Nonemergency residential service stops for the winter in early December; work can’t be done when the ground is frozen. Need a new system installed? Your local board of health regulates that, including when the work can be done.
For wells that serve only your lawn-irrigation system, the best time to install is in March and April, said Tom Talbot of Reliable Well & Pump in Tewksbury. That way you avoid the peak period in the summer. Need a well that serves your whole house? Domestic wells can be installed anytime, even in the winter, he said. “People think we’re a seasonal business, but we’re not.”
Romi Cotta, from Bright Corp. Fine Painters in Waltham, suggests having work done in the winter — the prices will be lower, and the indoor heat helps the wallpaper dry better. Call one month ahead.
Tom Brady, from Franklin-based Tom Brady Carpentry, said to call 90 days before the work needs to start. Any time of the year is fine, unless you need roofing, which he recommends scheduling in spring or fall to avoid the heat of summer. If you’re putting in a new kitchen or bath, you need to work with a designer three to six months ahead of time, however, he added.
The summer is busy. Call in March, or even before that, to get on the books for summer, said Thamara Martins of CNT General Contractor in Malden .
Spring and summer are the busiest because new homeowners need painting before they move in, so fall and winter have the most availability, said Rick Orcutt of Orcutt Painting Co. in Wakefield. Call at least two to three weeks in advance.
Rodolfo Galo, from Daddy & Junior Painting in Wilmington, recommends calling two weeks to a month in advance. The season begins in April and goes until September or October. July is a particularly busy month.
Eugene Maguire, from Maguire Masonry in Brighton, suggests calling one month in advance to schedule work in either the spring or fall. “In summer we are always booked,” he said.
The heat of summer can cause problems when putting in driveways, said Joe Pardini of Pardini Driveways in Seekonk. “Fall is the best time to install them.”
To beat the first storm, call in the fall, said driver Steven Borges of Borges Sewer & Drain Co. in Medford.
Jeff Souza of MasonWorks in Melrose suggests calling as early as February for work to be done early in the spring.
Pools can be purchased anytime, said Denis Piper of Surfside Pool Co. in Fitchburg. As for installation, there is more availability in August, when demand dies down. “We can get you swimming almost immediately,” he said.
The busiest times are spring and fall, said Dave Tashjian of Jackson Lumber & Millwork in Lawrence. Call a month in advance to secure a spot. Tip: Book between Thanksgiving and Christmas to hit the slow period.