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Old 06-27-2020, 12:55 PM
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We bought a place 6 months ago that is in need of some major remodeling--kitchen gut, bath gut, wallpaper & popcorn ceiling removal throughout, new flooring everywhere etc.

I keep reading such contradictory things about remodeling now with the pandemic.

On the one hand, I read that because of sheltering in place for months many people are now realizing they need /want to improve and change things around in their houses. So, there is lots of pent-up demand for remodeling, and contractors and skilled craftsmen are busy. The demand is such that they will definitely hold and maybe increase their prices.

OTOH, I read that with high unemployment numbers, the stimulus payments ending soon, a coming recession, and people not wanting to risk letting workers in their homes because of COVID that contractors and subs are going to witness a big slowdown soon. They may have projects they are now working on and finishing up, but these were pre-planned prior to the pandemic. Later this summer is when they'll start facing the reality that remodeling demand has dried up, and there is not much work available. They may have to cut their prices just to obtain work.

What are you seeing where you are? If you are a homeowner, what are you discovering as you contact pros? If you are a pro, what do you see happening now?
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Old 06-29-2020, 07:29 PM
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We just made an offer on a house in Orlando area, and we have to wait more than a week for inspection because there's so much demand right now. We called 3 inspection companies and they all said they are fully booked and super busy. I would expect the same for contractors as people are buying houses and doing renovation before moving in.
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Old 06-29-2020, 07:57 PM
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I sold properties very fast in Orlando... both of them were completely renovated to modern design and decor standards though.
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Old 06-29-2020, 08:50 PM
Location: Huntsville Area
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Homes in Florida are very much in demand, and will remain as such in the future. Carpenters are very much in demand there.

People in large northern cities are getting sick of ultra high taxation, politics, their safety and the cold weather. They're moving south in waves.

COROVID is a minor issue in remodeling. Home Depot/Lowes' are as busy as they've ever been, and so many that are self quarantining are spending their spare time painting and reconditioning their homes.
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