If you’ve ever had work done in your home — such as having a new bathroom put in or having a kitchen remodeled — you probably noticed that the contractors arrive to work very early. They may even have shown up at your home before you’re awake in some cases.
There are a couple of important reasons why contractors tend to report to work so early. Once you understand these reasons, you won’t be surprised when they show up to your house before most of your family is even out of bed.
Rise and Shine
The first reason has to do with the weather. Many contractors have to deal with very hot weather conditions. This is especially true in South Florida, where by noon the combination of high temperature, humidity, and bright sun can be unbearable.
Starting work such as roofing, framing or other outdoor tasks when the sun is still low and the temperatures are at their coolest for the day makes sense for most contractors. Even those working indoors often have to deal with conditions with no air conditioning, especially if they are working on new construction.
Another reason contractors show up so early is traffic. Unlike most workers, people in the construction trade rarely work at the same location more than a few days in a row. So many contractors may live far from their job site for the day.
The last thing you want is for contractors to arrive late due to heavy rush hour traffic. So construction workers tend to get up very early to beat the traffic so they can be assured of arriving at job sites on time — even if that time is 7 a.m.
That’s the same reason contractors will often be out of your house by mid-afternoon. They don’t want to have to sit in heavy traffic at the end of their work day.