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Chuker
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Building material shortage/cost increase?
Am currently building an add-on to my house. Knowing the damage Harvey did and what looks like Irma could do I'm wondering If I should go ahead and buy my drywall and trim. Problem is I'm about 1-2months away from drywalling and of course further for trim work. If I don't have to I'd rather not have material sitting around particularly sheetrock as space is tight rock is easily damaged and a pita to move around if in the way.

I don't mean to be inconsiderate of people rebuilding their homes after the disasters but I don't want to be stuck half-way through with my project. Obviously after Katrina there was a shortage of drywall which lead to the use of the chinese crap.


Any prediction on the future of materials for the next several months?


kengel2
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re: Building material shortage/cost increase?
Where do you live?


Chuker
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re: Building material shortage/cost increase?
Central Ms


I don't remember any shortages here after the BR Flood but I may of just not noticed. But obviously Harvey is bigger than BR damage and Irma is looking nasty as well.


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upgrayedd
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re: Building material shortage/cost increase?
Can you just order now and delay delivery/pickup to lock in the current price?


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nguyt518
Member since Apr 2015
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re: Building material shortage/cost increase?
Got market reports for lumber last week.

Having only did this a few years, lumber spiked like crazy. Never seen anything like this, even after the BR floods.


Chuker
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re: Building material shortage/cost increase?
dang. I'm not familiar with the process, how long does it take to see that spike at the lumberyard? Or has it already taken effect?


mack the knife
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re: Building material shortage/cost increase?
not surprised. lumber is bought/sold as a commodity and the houston area that was effected is an order of magnitude bigger than BR was last year.


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kengel2
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re: Building material shortage/cost increase?
I dont think you'll have a problem with materials.

After the flood here there was a shortage of qualified trades people.

You should be fine barring Irma not coming in amd wrecking shite.

Just my opinion though.


johnnyrocket
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re: Building material shortage/cost increase?
Yeah I looked at print last week and lumber along with plywood is up.
Even though I have a contract its alittle higher than I expected.
That East Texas areas have a few GP and LP mills that been down from what I been told.

Being in Central, MS you may have to place your order now and aske the dealer to hold it. Some places may do it while others may not.
HomeDepot and Lowes are slightly slower at reacting to price increases versus a lumber yard or one stepper. This maybe another option.
Yes, eventually Sheetrock and trim will shoot up soon.


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Chuker
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re: Building material shortage/cost increase?
Yeah its not like I'm building a whole house or anything. With my relatively small project, costs could double and it still would be manageable but maybe give me a little heartburn. I did pick up the lion's share of my trim today as it's not too hard to store. Still considering picking up some drywall in the next few days though depending on what Irma is doing.

I'd hate to be someone in the south just getting ready to build their forever house right now.


Art Vandelay
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re: Building material shortage/cost increase?
Don't sweat it too much. Biggest problem will be insulation, drywall and doors. They will pull drywall and insulation from around the country to ease the burden. Doors will be a cluster frick for 8 months but maybe not as far as you are.


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Martini
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re: Building material shortage/cost increase?
You are fine and don't worry about it. They ramp up quickly on all of those items. Prices won't get too far out of line either as far as material. Labor may be a different story but they won't get building for a bit of time anyway.


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nguyt518
Member since Apr 2015
183 posts

re: Building material shortage/cost increase?
From a market standpoint, it's been increasing/decreasing by +/- 5

Last week we had increases of +15, two days later, I think it increased +45.


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