May 04, 2021
How Covid has Affected Supply Chain (and what that means for your renovation)
We’re all living through this pandemic as best we can – frustrations and all. And there are some frustrations in the world of kitchen and bath renovations at the moment (sadly). Kitchen, bathroom and home renovations are being successfully scheduled and executed during COVID, however, more time is needed for planning phase to ensure a smooth process. Projects that typically took 8 - 12 weeks to complete are often now looking at 16-20 weeks just to get materials delivered. Add on top getting installed and completed and you could be looking at upwards of 6 months or more down the road.
The reality of Covid is multi-faceted with respect to supply chain. Demand is very high for renovations right now. With people spending so much more time at home, they have much more time to discover the things about their home that aren’t working and want it changed ASAP to make their new way of life easier. Additionally, many large corporate offices are either downsizing or renovating their offices to accommodate a new working layout that accommodates physical distancing.
This means lumber, steel, paint, glass, quartz, and hardware that you need to start and finish a renovation of any kind or scale, is harder to source and has gone up in price. This poses a difficult decision right off the bat for potential clients as their budget often needs to be expanded or their scope reassessed. Production facilities can’t sustain the kind of demand being asked of them right now; the sheer volume of requests from inquiring customers has more than doubled since the fall of 2019. Although many manufacturers have started to run multiple shifts in order to accommodate physical distancing protocols they are often running a skeleton staff, which limits their production. The time it takes for materials to be made has increased, their time to ship has increased, and with more customers in queue, the time to have your scope of work completed has also increased.
The bottom line for inquiring customers is this – if you’re reading this now and thinking about getting something started soon… think very practically, when do you want it completed? If your answer is in 3 months, then don’t wait to start picking up the phone and committing because that timeline may be difficult to meet, depending on the scope and materials for your project. If your answer is in 6 months, then now is the perfect time to start honing-in on ideas you like, getting measurements taken, and ordering materials to give enough time. If you’re thinking more like a year away, then don’t wait more than a couple of months to start shopping and making calls so that you can ensure you’re in the queue.
It’s important to thoroughly assess your project budget, plan and materials to ensure your renovation goes smoothly. If you are planning a kitchen, bathroom, or main floor renovation contact us to learn more about how we can best service you.