It's been a while since I have written any new post on here, well there is a good reason for that. This year has been crazy, busy. The construction and remodeling in the Columbia area is going very strong right now. That is a great sign, but it can still cause issues. The biggest issue we are having right now is scheduling. All of our subcontractors and suppliers are extremely busy causing it to take longer to complete jobs and complete estimates. Part of the problem I believe is a few years ago when things slowed down in the industry, companies down sized. I think some have been a little reluctant to staff to the point they were prior to 2008. Another issue is finding the right people to fill positions they do have. We are trying to find people qualified and willing to work right now. Our response to help wanted post have been very few. As much as I try to explain to clients the current issues in the industry, it can sometimes be hard to get them to understand. They just want there project completed. Being busy is a good problem, but it is still a problem.
Another issue that I have encountered more lately is home owners wanting to get more involved with their projects. I think we can partially blame that on HGTV and the DIY network. I try to explain to potential clients that it doesn't really work that way. It's Hollywood. After watching a few episodes they think they are ready to assist in a kitchen remodel. They are not. The question I get asked a lot is "can we swing the sledge hammer first to break the cabinets". No, we don't do that. We unscrew the cabinets and take them down one by one, so they can be reused or given to Habitat for Humanity. We don't like making a bigger mess than needed. There area few issues we run into we home owners wanting to do part of their own work. One is scheduling. They might have the intentions to get the tear out down in one day, but things come up or they get overwhelmed with how much work it actually is. If they don't complete what they said they were going to do in the time frame they said, it can really mess up scheduling. Two is budget. If we put it in the contract that they are doing a certain part of the project themselves, we have to allow for that in the price. But then what if they don't do what they say they are or they don't do a good job at it. It can cause problems, cost them more money or cost me more money. Three is warranty. We warranty all of all work for 2 years. If a home owner does part of their work and we do part, how can I give a complete warranty? It gets confusing. Four is owners buying there own materials. I buy materials from suppliers that I have worked with for years. I know their reputation and that they take care of an issue if it comes up. When people buy there own materials it can cause the blame game. We blame the manufacturer, they blame us and the owner is caught in the middle. It's just not a good idea. Five is it changes the normal operating procedures. Our employees are use to doing things in certain ways. when a homeowner gets too involved it can cause issue.
I have been in the remodeling and new construction industry for 25 years. I have seen all kinds of different situations and problems. Most issues can be resolved with out being a big problem, but we try to avoid that from the beginning.