Wanting To Remodel Your Vermont Home But Concerned About Material Delays And What Your Options Are? Remodeling in 2022 2023

The Problem

Are you tired with getting the round around from various contractors who don’t communicate at all or give you the run around?

Over the last few years the construction industry saw a boom like never before. While we technically have entered a recession it doesn't seem like people around here know about it or aren't bothered by it.

Home Renovations and Remodels are still moving along at a very fast pace.

So what does that mean for you as the consumer that want to have a remodel done on your Vermont home?

The Solution

The biggest sticking points to a Remodel in Vermont or a whole House Renovation is lead times. 

Now that could be a lead time for a contractor you would want to work with, or number two is material delays. 

For a contractor there isn't much you can do except shop around and ask other people in the industry when it comes to timeline. My wife and I are having an extensive and expensive roof repair done to our own house and I asked around from various sales reps we buy from who they recommend.

With the massive scale of our project most said a year out or more but we found anther roofing contractor who was available much sooner through a referral. 


Materials you have a few options and solutions to. Firstly is you want to plan on ordering materials well in advance of the Remodel or Renovation just so it won't slow things down.

The photo above in the shower niche we completed this year is actually a perfect example of that. The first pick of tile the client wanted was a hand make glass tile that would have taken roughly 4-5 months to make and then to get. Originally we were told it would only take 6 weeks to get it. The second option shown above that was shipped in about 5 days.... 

Moral of the story? Have back up plan if you don't want to wait that long. 

Buying local first or from a small company is another great way to cut down the timeline for many products. For example there was a huge shortage for bathroom vanities last year because the majority of those where sitting on a cargo container off of New York City and LA waiting to be unloaded. 

Vermont and the northeast has a great network of cabinet makers where you know you are getting a quality product and the best part in my humble opinion?! If there is a problem you don't have to ship them back across the country and it can be resolved fairly quickly. 

Need any help navigating your next project? Feel free to fill out the contact form and let us know how we can help. 

About the author 

Bill Wockenfuss

Bill is a Remodeling and General Contractor located in Colchester VT Serving the Greater Burlington Vermont Area 

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