Are you in the process of constructing a new home or renovating an existing one, and have experienced delays in the delivery of necessary materials? Do you get the impression that the cost of things changes on an hourly basis? In the construction business, supply chain interruptions have been a concern for a couple of years now, and as a result, we’ve had to deal with a lot of challenges, ranging from skyrocketing timber costs to delays of several months on windows and doors. In spite of disruptions in the supply chain, here are a few recommendations that should help you keep your project on schedule:
1. Place your order ahead of time.
This may appear to be an obvious point, but you’d be astonished at how many customers don’t realize that certain materials need to be chosen and bought before the construction process can even begin. Important components include trusses, windows and doors, as well as appliances. If not ordered in plenty of time in advance, these things can push back a project by weeks or even months.
2. Shop your merchants.
If a supplier gives you lead times that are impossible to meet, you should not be afraid to keep looking until you discover a business that can supply you with the item you require within the appropriate amount of time. One of the services that our company offers to our customers is this, and obtaining the things that you want when you require them can require a great lot of determination on your part. There was a period when a certain sort of lumber could not be found anywhere inside the state of Florida, so in order to get it, one of our team members had to travel all the way to Georgia. When traditional retailers such as Home Depot and Lowe’s are unable to supply the products you require, you should be willing to explore options that take you outside of your comfort zone.
3. Be adaptable.
In order to be successful in this market, you might need to be adaptable regarding both the design of your product and the price that you set for it. Because there is such a wide choice of finished products currently available, it is usually possible to locate a suitable replacement in the event that a particular item is out of stock or if its price increases.
4. Collaborate with a builder who can handle everything for you.
When you are looking for a builder for your project, you should strive to find someone who can give turnkey services. At SBL Seattle General Contractor, we offer comprehensive design-build services. Our in-house design team creates floor plans, renderings, and blueprints; our logistics team manages the permitting process, subcontractors, and all orders; and our expert construction team ensures that the project is completed on time. On top of that, we have our very own millwork shop as well as an in-house cabinet team, so we can construct and install cabinets and millwork across all of our projects. When it comes to building, having a staff like this makes a world of difference – sometimes saving our customers several months on their respective projects. It prevents a significant amount of premature graying, too!
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SBL Seattle General Contractor started in 2006 as a family business. It is a design-build company that specializes in high-end home remodels, house additions, and custom home construction. We provide our services to homeowners, with our headquarters located in Seattle, WA. We are a member of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), where we have won multiple awards, and we have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau (BBB).
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