Handling Volatile Lumber And Materials Pricing

If you’re experiencing whiplash from the pricing of housing materials like lumber, steel, and even paint – you’re not alone. To say that 2022 has already proven to be plagued with volatile pricing would be an understatement. Unfortunately, supply chain issues affect the construction industry severely. From long lead times to skyrocketing prices, we are dealing with it all. Luckily, we have the skill to navigate these murky waters. We are still committed to getting your job done on time, and on budget. 

Lumber Prices Struggling To Stabilize

According to the most recent reports, lumber is currently roughly 3x more expensive than pre-pandemic prices. Many factors contribute to the high prices. Housing demand continues to increase, but labor shortages leave suppliers with less ability to move materials. In addition, weather events like wildfires and storms have damaged key parts of the transportation routes. As a result, even a small DIY home project turns into a significant investment. 

Dunlap Rises To The Challenge

Despite the high cost of lumber and longer-than-average lead times, Dunlap remains a top WNC contractor. As trusted members of the WNC community, home and business owners turn to us to help them reach their goals even when conditions are less than ideal. After all, life still goes on. Our local hospital systems, restaurants, and other businesses are adapting to changing needs and construction is often part of that. And, we have a few tricks up our sleeves to make it happen.

A Proactive Approach

We recognize that the price of lumber is not something we have control over. Therefore, we adjust other parts of the building process to ensure we can move forward with projects and avoid delays. We rely on our large network of suppliers to secure product early in the process. In addition, we have access to alternatives that may be less expensive or more readily available. By being more proactive in the planning stages, we are able to develop a realistic timeline and give our clients the best price possible.

We know that it may not be the best time to tackle your construction project, but you may not have a choice. What you can do is work with an experienced builder like Dunlap. Contact us today to get started. 



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