Has Spring Sprung?

Christina Lewellen
March 2, 2011
THE TALK...

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).

Traditionally slow, January was a tough month for the industry this year. Many window and door companies reported a significant tax credit hangover as we started 2011. What I’d like to know this week is if things are picking up as we head into the spring home improvement season? Do you think we’ve worked through the fall-off in demand that resulted from the tax credits? With the overall economy having made some strides, do you expect to have a decent spring?
Please take a moment to vote in our poll and send me an email or post a comment below to share your thoughts. Will March progress like a lion or a lamb?

Survey Results for 03/02/2011:

Will we see a relatively busy spring?

No, we're still seeing weak demand

  

 

79%

Yes, we are seeing things pick up for the season

  

 

21%

 

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.

Contact Christina Lewellen, senior editor, at clewellen@glass.org.