Monday, October 24, 2011
Simple question and most would say waiting till spring is the right answer. I can't totally disagree with them either, but we are in the perfect storm right now. Building costs and labor costs have been suppressed for years now and the pent up demand is starting to build in our industry. I have first hand seen the costs starting to tick up the wrong direction for the homeowner looking to build down the road. While waiting till spring has his merit, the idea of an interest rate going from the low 4% range even to a 6% range decreases a buyers buying power by tens of thousands of dollars. I also wrote blogs in the past discussing the ideas of the materials being so much dryer in the fall and winter months. Come spring the materials have had a chance to gain moisture from the snow and the increasing humidities in the air. This is the first cause of a home seeing nail pops and sheetrock cracks. I monitor the homes I build a year after they are completed and have definitely noticed a difference on the homes we start in the fall vs spring. The fall homes have much less movement and much less for cosmetic cracks over time. That all being said, I'm not against spring building. It is obviously the busiest time of the year for me. I just don't want to see someone miss out on a valuable opportunity when while we are sitting in the eye of this perfect storm. Call or email your requests today!!