Things are a little different these days as we slowly adjust back to “normal.” The same goes for the design world – from product availability to shipping and receiving. Furniture manufacturers are experiencing an overwhelming delay in orders due to recovering from plant shut downs early pandemic, to reduced staff and operations, busy (or blocked) ports, a huge boost in sales as the demand for items like desks, chairs and sofas increased during the pandemic. On top of that The extreme Freeze of Chemical plants this winter added a foam cushion shortage. Furniture companies are reporting there are delays as long as 3-9 months!
So when it comes to renovating in a post pandemic world, there are a few extra things to consider before begin your project. These details can be discussed during the design process to ensure you are fully aware of what except when it comes to the timeline of your project. Start to finish.
Firstly, plan ahead and be prepared for delays. We are being advised in the industry to allow 5-6 months for appliances and some plumbing products. Cabinet makers, flooring products and natural stones are on longer lead times as well. Just because there is longer wait time, you don’t want to go into your project with the mindset of “Let’s get started ASAP!” Take your time upfront to ensure you have given yourself room to change your mind before ordering. Once you have a clear vision of what you would like your home to look like once completed and you have made your product selections, get rolling.
Be prepared for hiccups. You don’t have to plan for the worst case scenario once your project begins, but have a Plan B in mind isn’t a bad idea. This is one of the reasons I love to present more than one option to my clients before the project begins. Be flexible and allow for creative adjustments to the design and your project.
Finally, the execution of your project is priority, so do your research and ensure you are investing in the best contractors. They are in high demand right now! If you don’t have one on your list or need help finding one – your interior designer can typically assist you or guide you to find qualified trades for the job. A perk to hiring a designer is the access to trusted builders, contractors, electricians and installers.