Hurricane Sandy brought devastation to homeowners all along the east coast. Now people are attempting not only to return to their normal routines but also to rebuild their homes that were damaged in the disaster. Unfortunately, the overwhelming number of claims is resulting in insurance companies not being able to subsidize as much of the repairs as many anticipated. As such many people are putting their home repairs on the back burner while they return to the other areas of their lives, but waiting to make these home repairs will actually result in spending more time and more money on the property than if the repairs are completed sooner rather than later.
For anyone looking to rebuild his or her home, whether or not a victim of hurricane sandy, now is the optimal time if one is looking to save the most money. Home repairs only become more costly with time. For example, if a home has unrepaired water damage. Immediately hiring a professional building contractor can prevent a complete rebuild in order to remove the water damage, a possibility if one waits months or years to even assess the amount of damage.
Building material costs are steadily increasing, regardless of whether or not the building site was affected by Sandy. Consulting with a general contractor to estimate and plan home improvements is best done now before the material costs soar too high and one’s home becomes unlivable due to the needed repairs. The majority of people intending to undergo home improvements are waiting for insurance payouts or other financial markers; therefore the reconstruction market is not yet crowded, and suppliers’ prices can be kept relatively low.
The primary material cost that is of concern is lumber. Lumber prices have already begun increasing, and there is no market indication that they will level off or decrease. In the wake of hurricane sandy and the damage incurred to lumber fields, the prices are set to escalate even further. Beginning home improvement projects that require lumber (which nearly all projects do) as soon as possible will help one to avoid overpaying for lumber.
Lastly, one’s time is just as valuable as one’s money; a lengthier time lapse prior to beginning repairs means a longer time until the project is completed. Finance websites have projected that most people will begin their rebuilding efforts in the spring. Once that wave of projects arrives, building materials will be harder to come by, thereby stalling one’s construction efforts and costing more time and money by the end of the work.
The decision to rebuild your home, whether you were a victim of hurricane sandy or a victim of general wear on a house, should take into consideration the above benefits of haste. Tackling your home improvements now will save you money in materials due to their rising costs, as well as save your time and save you from frustration in the event that materials are scarce at the time you choose to initiate your project. Particularly when hurricane sandy has cost so much already, don’t allow procrastination be the reason you pay even more.
For more information regarding general construction, call Randal G. Winter Construction, your Santa Clarita contractor.