MILWAUKEE — The
long, cold winter has put a damper on home construction, including
the remodeling industry.
projects are delayed when temperatures drop because mechanical
tools don't function properly. David Pekel is president of the
Milwaukee chapter of NARI, the National Association of the
most people understand, but with a six-week delay in the schedule,
people's patience (is) beginning to wear thin," Pekel told
The delays are
also stressful for construction workers who have to file for
unemployment if they're off the job, he said.
causing people to have to tighten their belts and to defer some of
their own expenses, because they don't have the income that they
normally would have and that they've budgeted to have because they
were expecting to have steady work," said Pekel.
Pekel said the
priority projects, despite frigid conditions, are emergency
repairs, including plumbing and heating problems for which
customers may pay a premium price.
"This is the
time of the year when many manufacturers traditionally impose
their price increases for the first quarter. Those price increases
can range from anywhere, on the low end, of 5 percent, to the high
end of 15 percent," he said.
In some cases,
suppliers or the contractor may absorb some of the increase, Pekel