Home remodeling boom in Charlotte

Charlotte homebuilders say the renovation boom has lasted for more than 20 years, but now the pandemic has doubled demand.

CHARLOTTE, NC – Despite supply shortages of things like lumber and price changes, home renovations are on the rise.

If you’re considering a home makeover, Alair Homes Charlotte says it’s best to plan ahead. You say that the increase in demand, along with labor and supply shortages, could affect your project’s schedule.

They say, whether it’s inside or out, from pools to patios, many people are investing in renovating their homes.

“Home offices are huge right now, obviously kitchens, bathrooms and outdoor living areas,” said Duane Johns, a regional partner at Alair Homes.

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They say people are taking advantage of affordable prices and a great city, and even millennials are getting involved in improvements to their homes for the first time.

“For millennials, they don’t want mom and dad’s house,” Johns said. “They bring something of their own style with them.”

He said although they have managed to meet demand, the industry is struggling with labor and supply shortages.

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“For every four electricians who leave the industry, only one comes in to replace them,” Johns said.

He added that while they couldn’t be more excited to start new projects, they urge anyone interested in renovating their home to speak to vendors and suppliers in advance.

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“You have to have these conversations with homeowners early on and let them know it’s a challenge,” Johns said.

He said that front-end planning avoids major delays and makes it much easier to turn your visions into reality.

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