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General contractor availability (Toronto)

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[OP]
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Oct 27, 2009
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Waterloo

General contractor availability (Toronto)

I just bought a place last week with the closing date being around end August. I've contacted 3 contractors already and all 3 are fully booked for September.

Is it true that the wait time is 3 to 4 for a decent contractor? If not then does anyone have any advice on a contractor that might be available in September?

I need help with painting, changing floors and upgrading 2 bathrooms
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Deal Addict
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Dec 27, 2007
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Oshawa
Yes.
Any decent contractor is booked months in advance.
Deal Addict
Nov 18, 2005
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Kitchener
It's the same here in KW because of the pandemic.
[OP]
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Oct 27, 2009
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Waterloo
So what do people who bought a new place do? Do they wait 2 to 3 months after closing to get it renovated and then only once that is done move in?
Member
Apr 17, 2016
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Toronto
stupidity wrote: So what do people who bought a new place do? Do they wait 2 to 3 months after closing to get it renovated and then only once that is done move in?
Every scenario is different. Some people choose to live in the new house for a while to determine exactly what renos they want done. Others will schedule contractors well in advance to come in when you have possession. Others will have a bridge loan so they can remain in existing house until renos are done, or look for short term rental to move out while renos are done.

It depends what you plan to do, and if you are willing to live in the house while the work is going on. It is probably preferable to have the work done before you move in, but not likely possible if 3 to 4 month wait for contractors.
Deal Fanatic
Jan 25, 2007
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Paris
All contractors that follow the law were stopped from working for about 60 days so they have a backlog. Interestingly with our economy right now a lot of people are spending a lot of money on renovations, outdoor toys, etc. A lot of white collar workers haven’t lost much (if any) income and are now working from home. That bathroom you hated? Now instead of morning and night they see if all day long.

We can barely keep up with patio doors for this reason.
Jr. Member
Jan 2, 2019
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Also immigrants are not coming in to help out the contractors because of Covid 19 creating a shortage of labor, its a big mess.
Deal Addict
Nov 18, 2005
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Kitchener
Also still seems to be shortages on building materials which can prolong some jobs

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