Indefinite Labor Shortages
Even before the pandemic impacted the construction industry, labor shortages were already presenting complex problems. Projects are slowing down. In some cases, projects being abandoned entirely has had a ripple effect that saw waves of dependable workers being laid off in the spring of 2020. Various construction companies offered to rehire these employees, but their circumstances may have changed, making their returns unfeasible. Such obstacles are brought on by a preference for unemployment benefits, fears about the virus’s spread, and obligations to their families. Expected recoveries will be hindered by continued labor gaps that can grow larger due to unpredictable market forces.
Smaller Work Backlogs
Backlogged work could keep home construction firms afloat. Even with numerous renovation projects to attend to, smaller work backlogs are yet another problem to navigate. No one has any definite answers in these troubled times as a spending downturn has hammered nonresidential construction.
Lower Construction Costs Bring Profit Loss
Lower construction costs sound like an unexpected boon to future custom homeowners and their builder partners. On the surface, this seems like a happy by-product of the pandemic. That said, profit losses will begin to affect the bottom line for many builders. Contractors are competing more fiercely for clients and projects in pursuit of rebuilding their backlog portfolios.
Less Work to Do
Overall, it is evident that there is less work to do all around. Again, this sounds like an encouraging metric that will please all stakeholders involved, but it is a phantom benefit gain. Future construction of more office buildings will slump as office workers adjust to working from home and telecommuting instead of going in via car or public transit.
Healthcare, travel, hospitality, sports, and performance venues will continue to suffer as the pandemic’s third wave intensifies. Many of these entities depend on the income generated from sales taxes, convention admission, and tolls. Likewise, supply chain difficulties and soaring costs of basic construction materials, such as lumber, will make future forecasts uncertain. Demand will almost certainly exceed available supply since resources have been stretched so thin.
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