Qualified Remodeler Magazine

MAY 2019

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Research Remodeling Labor Shortage Continues to Impact Industry Analysis & Opinion Inspired by home improvement TV shows, DIYers often do damage and hire pros Lew Sichelman, ex- clusive to Qualied Remodeler People who tack- le home improve- ment projects on their own some- times become their own worst enemies. Some botch the job entirely while twice as many injure themselves in the process. üģęĩĝĖĩĘĖģĤƁĚģĩĪħģęĤÇĞĩÇĮĤĪħĨĚġěĚħĨ ĞģĩĤħĚĢĤęĚġĚħĨšėĚĨĩěħĞĚģęĨÉĖģęĥĚħ- haps even their best clients. üĘĘĤħęĞģĜ ĩĤ ģĚĬ ħĚĨĚĖħĘĝ ěħĤĢ ImproveNet, a website that helps con- ĨĪĢĚħĨ Žģę ħĚġĞĖėġĚ ĘĤģĩħĖĘĩĤħĨ " Ğģ "#ÉħĤĪĜĝġĮ)&ĥĚħĘĚģĩÉĖĘĩĪĖġġĮęĖĢ- age their homes when they undertake a ĥħĤğĚĘĩĩĝĖĩĩĪħģĨĤĪĩĩĤėĚĢĤħĚęĞƄĘĪġĩ than they envisioned. And to add insult to ĞģğĪħĮ"Ğģ'ÉģĚĖħġĮ"(ĥĚħĘĚģĩÉĝĪħĩ ĩĝĚĢĨĚġīĚĨĬĝĚĩĝĚħĩĝĚĮŽģĞĨĝĩĝĚĥħĤğ- ect on their own. ďĝĚ ĨĪħīĚĮ ęĞęģšĩ ĨĖĮ ĬĝĖĩ ĠĞģę Ĥě injuries they sustain or how severe they were, but we're not talking about rank ĖĢĖĩĚĪħĨďĝĚ#!!!ĥĚĤĥġĚĬĝĤħĚĨĥĤģę- ed to the poll reported having undertaken ĖģĖīĚħĖĜĚĤěĚĞĜĝĩĥħĤğĚĘĩĨĬĞĩĝĤĪĩĖĥħĤ- ěĚĨĨĞĤģĖġšĨĝĚġĥüĩĩĝĚĨĖĢĚĩĞĢĚĩĝĤĪĜĝ '$ĥĚħĘĚģĩħĚĜħĚĩĩĖĠĞģĜĤģĖĩġĚĖĨĩĤģĚ ĤěĩĝĤĨĚĥħĤğĚĘĩĨĖģę$$ĥĚħĘĚģĩĝĖęĩĤ ĝĞħĚĖĘĤģĩħĖĘĩĤħĩĤģĤĩğĪĨĩŽģĞĨĝĩĝĚğĤė but in some cases redo it entirely. ďĝĚĄĢĥħĤīĚĉĚĩĨĪħīĚĮĞĨģšĩĨĘĞĚģĩĞŽĘ ĄĩĬĖĨģšĩĝĖģęġĚęėĮĖĥħĤěĚĨĨĞĤģĖġĥĤġġ- ĨĩĚħĤģėĚĝĖġěĤěĩĝĚĘĤĢĥĖģĮėĪĩĞĩĨĖĘ- curacy or validity holds up. In at least one ironic way, it's similar to someone who takes on a home improvement project beyond his or her ability. For one thing, there was no contact name. email address or phone number ĨĤĨĤĢĚĤģĚġĞĠĚĢĚĘĤĪġęĖĨĠĖěĚĬĦĪĚĨ- tions and clear up some ambiguities. For example, at one point, the survey report ĢĚģĩĞĤģĚę #!!! ħĚĨĥĤģęĚģĩĨ ėĪĩ Ėĩ ĖģĤĩĝĚħ Ğĩ ĨĖĞę #!!! ĥĚĤĥġĚ ĬĝĤ ĝĖīĚ THE LABOR SHORTAGE ěĤħ ħĚĢĤęĚġĚħĨ continues to impact the industry, a recent ĨĪħīĚĮėĮ ĩĝĚĉĖĩĞĤģĖġüĨĨĤĘĞĖĩĞĤģĤěăĤĢĚ ýĪĞġęĚħĨčĚĢĤęĚġĚħĨěĤĪģęĉüăýħĚġĚĖĨĚę ĩĝĚĨĪħīĚĮ ħĚĨĪġĩĨ ĩĤĠĞĘĠĤŻĉĖĩĞĤģĖġăĤĢĚ Remodeling Month in May. "The labor shortage continues to be one ĤěĩĝĚĩĤĥĘĤģĘĚħģĨěĤħ ħĚĢĤęĚġĚħĨĖĘħĤĨĨ ĩĝĚ ĘĤĪģĩħĮŤ ĨĖĮĨĉüăýčĚĢĤęĚġĚħĨþĝĖĞħĢĖģ ďĞĢĀġġĞĨþüċĎþĂčĖħĚĢĤęĚġĚħěħĤĢýĚġ üĞħĈĖħĮġĖģęţüģĤģĜĤĞģĜĘĝĖġġĚģĜĚěĤħ remodelers is keeping their prices competi- tive while dealing with the increasing costs ĤěġĖėĤħŤĝĚĖęęĨ In the survey, remodelers reported a "se- ħĞĤĪĨ ĨĝĤħĩĖĜĚĤħĨĤĢĚĨĝĤħĩĖĜĚĤěġĖėĤħ ěĤħ ĩĝĚěĤġġĤĬĞģĜğĤėĨ )%ĥĚħĘĚģĩĘĖħĥĚģĩĚħĨÇŽģĞĨĝĚę )&ĥĚħĘĚģĩĘĖħĥĚģĩĚħĨÇħĤĪĜĝ )"ĥĚħĘĚģĩěħĖĢĞģĜĘħĚĬĨ ("ĥĚħĘĚģĩėħĞĘĠġĖĮĚħĨÌĢĖĨĤģĨ &)ĥĚħĘĚģĩĚġĚĘĩħĞĘĞĖģĨ čĚĢĤęĚġĚħĨĖġĨĤħĚĥĤħĩĚęġĚĖęĞģĜĚŻĚĘĩĨ ĩĝĚġĖėĤħ ĨĝĤħĩĖĜĚĨĝĖīĚĤģĩĝĚĞħėĪĨĞģĚĨĨĚĨ ()ĥĚħĘĚģĩĝĞĜĝĚħ ĬĖĜĚĨÌĨĪėĘĤģ- tractor bids (#ĥĚħĘĚģĩĝĞĜĝĚħĥħĞĘĚĨěĤħĘĪĨĩĤĢĚħĨ '(ĥĚħĘĚģĩęĞƄĘĪġĩĮĘĤĢĥġĚĩĞģĜĩĝĚ projects on time &$ĥĚħĘĚģĩ ĩĪħģĞģĜęĤĬģĨĤĢĚĥħĤğĚĘĩĨ "Working in the remodeling industry provides job security and high wages," ĀġġĞĨ ĨĖĮĨţĉüăýĞĨĖĩĩĚĢĥĩĞģĜĩĤĘĝĖģĜĚ ĩĝĚĨĩĞĜĢĖĤěĬĤħĠĞģĜĞģĩĝĚĩħĖęĚĨėĮĞģ- creasing awareness to teens and parents, and providing them with education and the skills they need to succeed." āĤħĢĤħĚĞģěĤħĢĖĩĞĤģĤģĩĝĚĨĪħīĚĮĜĤ ĩĤĩĞģĮĪħġĘĤĢÌĉüăýćĖėĤħĎĝĤħĩĖĜĚ Technology Augmented reality tile on Houzz app ăĤĪįįĄģĘĖĬĚėÇėĖĨĚęĥġĖĩěĤħĢěĤħĝĤĢĚ renovation and design, recently introduced an additional augmented reality ěĚĖĩĪħĚĬĞĩĝĞģĞĩĨĖĥĥěĤħĞċĝĤģĚ iPad and Android devices. The ěĚĖĩĪħĚĥĖħĩĤěăĤĪįįšĨđĞĚĬĞģ ĈĮčĤĤĢ$ÿĩĤĤġĚģĖėġĚĨĨĝĤĥ- ĥĚħĨĩĤīĞħĩĪĖġġĮĘĤīĚħĩĝĚĞħƀĤĤħ with tile, true-to-scale. Powered by technology that detects the location and ĤħĞĚģĩĖĩĞĤģĤěƀĤĤħĨĩĝĚ tool enables shoppers to virtually cover the space with tile to see what their homes would look ġĞĠĚĬĞĩĝģĚĬƀĤĤħĞģĜ ĎĝĤĥĥĚħĨ ĘĖģ Žģę ĤĪĩ how much tile is needed to cover the space and order an appropriate ĖĢĤĪģĩĤěĢĖĩĚħĞĖġĖġġ ĬĞĩĝĞģĩĝĚăĤĪįįĖĥĥ ţďĝĚħĚĞĨĖĨĩĖħĠęĞŻĚħĚģĘĚėĚĩĬĚĚģĩħĮ- ing to imagine how a tile sample will look throughout a room and being able to view ĩĝĚħĤĤĢšĨĚģĩĞħĚƀĤĤħĘĤīĚħĚęĞģĩĝĚģĚĬ ĩĞġĚ ĪĨĞģĜ üčŤ ĨĖĮĨ ĎĖġġĮ ăĪĖģĜ ĝĚĖę Ĥě īĞĨĪĖġĩĚĘĝģĤġĤĜĞĚĨĖĩăĤĪįįţĒĚĘĤģĩĞģĪĚ to make AR-enabled shopping even more ĞĢĢĚħĨĞīĚĖģęĪĨĚěĪġĤģăĤĪįįĊĪħđĞĚĬ ĞģĈĮčĤĤĢ$ÿĩĤĤġģĤĬĝĚġĥĨĥĚĤĥġĚęĞĨ- ĘĤīĚħĨĚġĚĘĩĖģęėĪĮĩĝĚėĚĨĩĩĞġĚěĤħĩĝĚĞħ ĨĥĖĘĚĞģĩĝĚĘĤħħĚĘĩĦĪĖģĩĞĩĮĖġġĬĞĩĝĞģĩĝĚ ăĤĪįįĖĥĥŤ ăĤĪįįšĨ $ÿ ĥħĤęĪĘĩ ĘĖĩĖġĤĜ ĝĖĨ ĢĤħĚ ĩĝĖģ ĤģĚ ĢĞġġĞĤģ ĝĤĢĚ ěĪħģĞĩĪħĚ ęĚĘĤħ Ėģę ħĚĢĤęĚġĞģĜ ĥħĤęĪĘĩĨÉěħĤĢ ĨĤěĖĨ ĩĤ ėĖĩĝħĤĤĢīĖģĞĩĞĚĨĎĞģĘĚăĤĪįįġĖĪģĘĝĚę ĞĩĨĞģĞĩĞĖġīĚħĨĞĤģĤěđĞĚĬĞģĈĮčĤĤĢ$ÿ ĬĞĩĝĞģĞĩĨĖĥĥěĤħĞċĝĤģĚĖģęĞċĖęĞģĈĖĮ #!"(ĤīĚħ#ĢĞġġĞĤģĥĚĤĥġĚĝĖīĚĪĨĚęüč ĬĝĚģ ėĪĮĞģĜ ĥħĤęĪĘĩĨ Ğģ ĩĝĚ ăĤĪįį Ėĥĥ ċĚĤĥġĚĬĝĤĚģĜĖĜĚęĬĞĩĝĩĝĚĩĤĤġĬĚħĚ"" ĩĞĢĚĨĢĤħĚġĞĠĚġĮĩĤĥĪħĘĝĖĨĚĖģęĨĥĚģĩ#( times more time in the app. IN BRIEF 8 May 2019 QualifiedRemodeler.com

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