May 22, 2021
COVID-19 Delays in the Home Remodeling and Construction Industry
The demand for home remodeling projects has been steadily on the rise ever since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. People ended up spending more time at home to follow social distancing and quarantine protocols. As a result, homeowners started to take notice of the areas of their property they want to improve.
However, even if the demand has grown, the COVID-19 pandemic has made it difficult for contractors to provide home improvement services. Many pandemic-related setbacks have contributed to construction delays for remodeling projects. Read on to learn more about the challenges that remodeling contractors have faced.
- Shortage of Construction Materials
One of the biggest reasons for delays in the remodeling industry is the widespread shortage of construction materials. Not only is there an increase in the number of remodeling projects; the global supply chain has been greatly affected by the pandemic.
It is harder now to obtain materials for a project because of unpredictable restrictions placed on various sectors in the supply chain. For example, strict sanitation protocols may require a manufacturing plant to shut down for a while, delaying the fabrication of materials and reducing the expected output.
There are also setbacks in transporting goods internationally because of countries shutting down their borders and closing ports. Local suppliers also often experience disruptions while shipping materials across the country.
- Price Hikes for Materials
The scarcity of home remodeling supplies contributes to their rising prices. Construction material costs are higher than ever. Whatever glass, wood, or other products are available, their prices tend to exceed what was initially projected. When working with a client that has a strict budget, contractors will often have to wait for cheaper materials to come along before they can make progress.
- Labor Shortage
Aside from construction materials, there are fewer installers to work on an increasing amount of remodeling projects. Remodeling contractors are constantly looking to hire more people to address the rising demand, but finding qualified installers is a challenge being faced all around the country.
These factors all contribute to the delays in the remodeling industry. Most reputable contractors are going be fully booked for several months because of the surge in business. Although some companies might not be booked as far out, there may be a reason fewer people are hiring them. Be sure to research about them beforehand.
There is also the option to hire an available contractor from out-of-town or outside the state. However, it is difficult to know the quality of their work if there is no company showroom you can view nearby. And, once they complete your project, it may be hard to schedule a follow-up service with them in case you experience any issues with their work.
It is best to get a reliable local contractor. Although it is difficult to wait for an exciting home improvement project to be completed, it is important to get the right company for the job. You can be assured of quality work and dependable service even if the remodeling can take longer.
Talk to Home Town Restyling
Get in touch with our team if you have any questions about possible construction delays for your home remodeling project. We can help you come up with a reasonable timeline and budget for the installation of maintenance-free decks and other outdoor property additions.