Remodeling confidence up despite rising costs
Thursday, July 19, 2018 by Floor Covering Weekly
“Remodelers across the country continue to see demand,” said NAHB Remodelers chair Joanne Theunissen, CGP, CGR, a remodeler from Mt. Pleasant, Mich. “However, the rising cost of materials is impeding the market’s ability to be even stronger.”
Current market conditions decreased one point from the first quarter of 2018 to 57. Among its three major components, major additions and alterations waned one point to 55, minor additions and alterations decreased two points to 58, and the home maintenance and repair component rose two points to 59.
The future market indicators gained four points from the previous quarter to 59. Calls for bids fell two points to 55, amount of work committed for the next three months increased two points to 56, the backlog of remodeling jobs jumped nine points to 66 and appointments for proposals rose seven points to 61.
“Improving economic growth is supporting demand for home remodeling,” said NAHB chief economist Robert Dietz. “However, remodelers have to deal with rising material prices, especially lumber, and the continued shortage of labor to keep prices competitive. The labor shortage is also a factor contributing to the increasing backlog of remodeling jobs.”