Tag: building materials

Critical Home Repairs Delayed Because of Sky-High Lumber Prices

Filed in Advocacy, Material Costs, Remodeling by on March 26, 2021 24 Comments
Critical Home Repairs Delayed Because of Sky-High Lumber Prices

As lumber prices remain sky high, home-building activities continue to suffer across all aspects of the industry — including remodeling projects. Cost increases have had an impact on home owners across the board, from those in need of critical assistance to those who have been planning projects for years.

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What Builders Should Know About Appraisals and Lumber Prices

Filed in Advocacy, Material Costs by on February 23, 2021 28 Comments
What Builders Should Know About Appraisals and Lumber Prices

As builders struggle with front-end issues, such as rising lumber prices and material shortages, they are also experiencing additional challenges on the backend, as appraisal standards make it difficult to recognize the full impact of sharp increases in the cost of building materials. Here are some tips to have your appraisal better reflect your actual building costs.

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Be Prepared for Changes in the Supply Chain Caused by the Coronavirus

Filed in Disaster Response, Legal by on March 23, 2020 2 Comments
Be Prepared for Changes in the Supply Chain Caused by the Coronavirus

As part of an overall contract assessment, one of the most efficient ways to address unexpected price increases in building materials may be to use an escalation clause. If you do not already include an escalation in your contracts, consider adding one.

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How the Hidden Costs of Housing Affect Affordability

Filed in Housing Affordability by on March 3, 2020 8 Comments
How the Hidden Costs of Housing Affect Affordability

TheHill.TV explores the hidden costs behind rising home prices and how they’re contributing to the housing affordability crisis.

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Updated Guidelines for Installing Wood Flooring

Filed in Codes and Standards by on February 20, 2020 0 Comments
Updated Guidelines for Installing Wood Flooring

The National Wood Flooring Association has updated its comprehensive guidelines for the proper installation of wood flooring. Thanks to a collaboration between the NWFA and NAHB staff, the guidelines are available to NAHB members for free.

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Labor Shortages Remain Top Concern for Builders

Filed in Economics by on February 20, 2020 40 Comments
Labor Shortages Remain Top Concern for Builders

More than four out of five builders – 85% – expect to face serious challenges regarding the cost and availability of labor this year, according to a recent survey of NAHB members.

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Builders Should be Aware of the UV Resistance of Certain Plastic Tubing

Filed in Legal by on February 6, 2020 0 Comments
Builders Should be Aware of the UV Resistance of Certain Plastic Tubing

Some types of plastic materials have sensitivities to the ultraviolet waves in natural sunlight. UV damage is not visible to the naked eye, but excessive exposure of certain plastic materials can lead to long-term degradation and a potentially reduced service life.

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Help Lift Housing By Bringing Material Costs Down

Filed in Housing Affordability, Material Costs by on August 15, 2019 1 Comment
Help Lift Housing By Bringing Material Costs Down

The United States-Mexico-Canada-Agreement (USMCA) holds the potential to boost the housing economy and reduce price volatility for building materials. Take action now and ask your member of Congress to ratify the USMCA.

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NAHB to Administration: Negotiate Now

Filed in Material Costs by on August 2, 2018 5 Comments
NAHB to Administration: Negotiate Now

As lumber prices continue to climb to the detriment of home builders and their customers, members of the NAHB Board of Directors have an important message for Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer: Negotiate now.

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Shortages of Framing Lumber More Widespread than Ever

Filed in Economics by on June 22, 2018 4 Comments
Shortages of Framing Lumber More Widespread than Ever

Shortages of framing lumber are now more widespread than at any time since NAHB began tracking the issue in 1994, according to results from the May 2018 survey for the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index.

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