The Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA) reported in late October that the average home construction project in the country was facing average delays of seven weeks in the third quarter of 2021, a figure that’s only worsened from the previous three months. Why is this?
Delays in the supply chain, shortage of skilled trades, retiring of skilled baby boomers and shipping availability are all major factors in delivering a home on time. Due to the Covid pandemic, companies are forced to have fewer staff allocated in working areas and then there is the fact of people actually being sick. It’s really apparent in warehouse and the shipping industry. Employers cannot have to many staff in close proximity.
“There is an additional strain on everything to do with house construction in terms of materials, products … and trouble getting access to skilled workers and trades,” says Kevin Lee, the president and CEO of the CHBA. Globalnews.ca quote
We are seeing plumbing fixtures, pipes, electrical materials, windows, flooring, bathtubs, siding and cabinets as some of the items homebuilders are struggling to get onto the job site. The latest addition to product delays comes in the way of garage doors to make matters worse. It’s not all doom and gloom though, it seems to cycle through items that are delayed and when one comes in, then anyone seems to fall short. Builders are still getting through it but at a slower pace than normal.
It’s not just with new home builds either, renovation companies face the same reality but with sometimes worse consequences. Larger builders have more strength as they typical order in volume, allowing them priority in the food chain.
Customers have to realize it is a reality at the moment due to the current pandemic and relative factors. If you are considering building or renovating, you will have to have patience with potential construction delays.
Today, we understand all too well on how important it is to have a sanctuary to retreat to where we can feel safe and secure. All in all, the wait will be worth it in the end. With new homes brings new technology / codes, energy savings and improved home space allocation for your family.
If we all have to spend more time at home, then we might as well love the home we are in.