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When should you start a construction project in San Francisco?

San Francisco may be a more physically flexible environment for construction workers to operate in compared to other parts of the nation, but you still need to carefully plan what month of the year your project should begin. Recent reports state that the City by the Bay has the second-highest construction costs in the world. With how expensive each square foot of your house or building can be, any delays can be financially detrimental to your plans.

The most common delays occur when there are unexpected weather hazards and contractor disputes. To decrease the chances of either happening, you have to pick the optimal months for the project to proceed to get it done quicker and you have less financial worries. To determine the best time, you need to keep the following factors in mind:


In the eastern states, most people hire construction contractors to operate in the summer months as warmer weather is one of the best times of the year for projects. In San Francisco, the winter months are nowhere near as cold as most of the other states, but they can still be inconvenient for workers from the lack of sunlight and how the cooler air affects their body. Unlike the majority of U.S. cities, the warmest temperatures in San Francisco occur during the fall season.


Heavy rainstorms often impede progress on a contractor’s building, and you will find that a majority of them occur within the winter months as well as late fall or early spring. Summer has the least amount, but this is also the period where the iconic San Francisco fog is the most prevalent in the mornings and early evenings. Even though the summer months have the most daylight, this fog can put it on an even playing field with the rest of the seasons.

Contractor availability

What makes San Francisco a difficult place to hire contractors aside from the high costs and natural disaster predictions is that the best time to have projects is not as definitive as other states. While winter is not as bad here as it is in the eastern states, it still offers less than ideal conditions due to the lower temperatures and sunlight as well as the higher chances of precipitation. Fall is warmer and has less fog than summer, but still quickly transitions to winter and has a fair amount of rainy weather.

Summer may still be one of the more popular times here since it has the furthest months away from harsh winter conditions, but that also means that less local contractors will be available at this time. Try to choose an early start date for your project so most of the major work can be done at the most optimal times of the year in the city, which tend to be May and September. These transitional months have the right balance between warm temperatures, less fog, less precipitation and more daylight.

If you still end up facing construction delays after planning for all these factors impacting the project’s progress, a construction litigation attorney can help you recover any damages lost as a result of the circumstances.

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