Has Spring Sprung?
March 2, 2011
The days are getting longer, the weather is tumultuous in many parts of the country and the media has circled back around to its seasonal topics of home sales and home improvement. It's beginning to feel a bit like Spring.
Nationwide, home improvement companies have been beefing up staff to deal with the busier Spring selling season, making headlines with reporters who have been quite comfortable reporting from a "doldrums" perspective for some time. Some reports are even light and encouraging home improvement ventures, including this report that highlights jobs that are likely to require a professional (yes, windows and doors made the list).
Survey Results for 03/02/2011:
Will we see a relatively busy spring?
No, we're still seeing weak demand
Yes, we are seeing things pick up for the season
Ugh...you guys! C'mon!! I was really hoping this nice, simple Talk poll would give me something positive and forward-thinking to talk about! So I'll at least keep my happy spin by congratulating the more than 20 percent of participants who are looking forward to their businesses picking up momentum this spring.
Although I didn't get much in the way of feedback this week, I'm sticking with the minority and guessing we're likely to see some decent home improvement activity this spring. Home shows across the country are gearing up full-force and it makes sense to me that there would be a back-log of home upgrades on most owners' to-do lists. We've been sitting on our cash, and our properties, for multiple spring seasons come this year, and at some point the pent-up demand of upgrades and improvements will have to flow to window and door companies.
That's my prediction and I'm sticking to it, despite the nay-sayers.