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NAHB studies labor shortage in remodeling industry

As part of National Home Remodeling Month in May, the National Association of Homebuilders Remodelers released results to a survey designed to address the availably of labor and subcontractors. They indicate that an overwhelming labor shortage continues to impact the remodeling industry.

“The labor shortage continues to be one of the top concerns for remodelers across the country,” Tim Ellis, chair of the NAHB Remodelers Committee, said in a statement.

“An ongoing challenge for remodelers is keeping their prices competitive while dealing with the increasing costs of labor.”

The survey notes a significant shortage of rough and finish carpenters, framers, masons and electricians.

The labor shortages are hurting remodelers in terms of completing projects on time, formulating competitive bids, and taking on new work.

“Working in the remodeling industry provides job security and high wages,” said Ellis. “NAHB is attempting to change the stigma of working in the trades by increasing awareness to teens and parents and providing them with education and the skills they need to succeed.”

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This article originally appeared in the July 2019 issue.

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