Working with the weather.

When the majority of your work load is performed outside, dealing with the weather becomes a constant battle. We find ourselves continuously relying on our local meteorologist or a weather app. Its comical to think that most “small talk” consists of talking about the weather and how the meteorologist is always wrong. “It’s the one job you can get paid a lot of money for being wrong,” is what most people would say. Yet, we rely on these forecasts to plan our schedules.

Adding future projects to the calendar on specific dates is almost pointless. The only benefit is you know what job is next in line. Once a project comes in, it will then be entered into a calendar on the next available date. The next available date may be a couple weeks away or a couple of months, depending on how busy you may be. Being busy is good, but when you get a couple days of rain and have to start moving all the jobs down the calendar, it then becomes a task all its own. This task is recurring every time it rains or a project takes longer than expected.

Clients often ask, “When you be starting my project?”. With having the schedule in place it allows me to tell the client a specific week, not date, and I always end the sentence with, “weather pending”. When the client’s project is only a couple weeks away, there is a good chance you will still be able to get to the work in that time frame. If the client’s project is over a month out in the schedule, they may be waiting an additional week or two from the originally scheduled date, again, weather pending.

I’m sure all contractors have experienced the aggravation of trying to rely on a weather forecast. Waking up in the morning, looking at a weather app, only 20% chance of a shower in the late afternoon, lets go get this job done. Its now 10:30 a.m. and you’re sitting in your truck soaking wet, cussing at the weather, the weather app, or the well-paid meteorologist you watched at 5:30 that morning while you were planning the day. Now you have wasted your morning, possibly paid employees to come start a job that will just have be restarted the following day, and so much more depending on which job you started, possibly a roofing project. Now there is only a tarp between the heavy rain drops and everything the client owns.

As mad as we may get at the meteorologists or our weather apps, we have to remember that they are only going off of data they are reading on radars and weather maps. They can only guess which way the wind is going to blow the storm, and how fast it is going to blow it there.



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