COVID-19 pandemic affects delivery rate of building materials
CAP GIRARDEAU, Missouri (KFVS) – Building supply chain disruptions caused by COVID-19 are affecting the local housing market.
As new homes are built across the Heartland, home builders are struggling to keep up with demand due to a lack of materials.
“It’s really a guess from the manufacturers as to when I’m going to get some material,” said Stan Miller, Roofers Mart branch manager.
He said delays in the supply of roofing materials had been astronomical since the start of the pandemic.
“We went from a two week lead time when ordering vinyl windows to a 12 to 14 week lead time,” he continued.
He said the delay in delivering the material is due to a lack of workers at manufacturing and processing facilities due to COVID-19.
“They would have 50 employees every day, in order to be in compliance with COVID. They had to dispatch their employees for social distancing. And now they don’t have room for 50, so they would have come to work with a reduced capacity, ”he said.
Catalina Custom Homes owner Richard Seabaugh said the lack of supplies also affected his business, making it take longer to build a new home.
“A year and a half ago, we could have eliminated one in 5-6 months. Now, with the supply chains and the labor shortage, we are looking more at a solid year from start to finish, ”he explained.
He said that not only is it taking longer to get materials, but the price has gone up as well.
“In fact, we really started to slow down, as the price increases on them went up almost 600% on some materials,” he said.
This not only affects its bottom line, but home buyers as well.
“It was an ongoing conversation with homebuyers who had previously purchased homes. I said we have to renegotiate the price because the materials are so high, or we have to slow down and most of my buyers are well aware of the delay and are more willing to work with us, ”he said.
Miller said his best advice to anyone looking to buy a new home or renovate is to plan well in advance to make sure you get your materials on time and at the best prices.
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