Someone told me things are getting better back east as far as construction work. I am in the west and we will be the last to see improvement so just wondering (and hoping) the rumor is true.
How you guys doing back there?
Yep In the Southern Md area I live in my cabinet installs are up 50% the last 3 months .Thank god as it had gotten really bleak though I need it to go up 25 percent more to get back to where I was last year . Overall though it seems as construction in general around here has picked up .
Part of for me is some of the competition has been eliminated i.e out of business or gotten rid of due to sloppy workmanship . Funny how when the market tightens up builders start to care .
The bid process has also really tightend up . No more extra money on the table for missed items or unforseen problems . Every filler and piece of trim must be counted in original qoute . Otherwise I or the showroom will eat it depending on who missed it .
The showroom I sub from has stepped up and picked up new accounts and expanded going after more local commercial work . They even hired back one of the sales cordinators .
On my end I adjusted by starting to do some of the remodel installs for them . There is actually some new building going on with the production builders .They have also dropped the prices on multiple specs and these units which have been sitting in the drywall/paint stage for 8 to 12 months are being sold , albeit at 40 to 80 thousand less than previous asking price .
Hopefully they will continue to dump these units so new starts will occur before the winter .
On the other side the smaller custom builders I trim for (or used to lol ) are still really struggling . 2 that I do trim for are having terrible problems with the banks around here . Basically they do not want to do construction to permanent loans anymore . Not sure if they will make it .
And I thought that the stimulus package was supposed to have banks loaning money again to qualified individuals ? WTF