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Remodeling Boom

April 2, 2014, 10:10 PM by Angela Kennecke

Remodeling Boom

Are you ready to remodel your kitchen or bath? If the answer is "yes," you may want to pick up the phone now because remodelers are in demand. Building permits for remodeling tripled in the first three months of the year. Some of that is due to a foundation permit for a major apartment complex by Costco and the remodeling of the YMCA into apartments.

Scott and Kelli Munsinger have twins graduating from high school next month, so it was time to spruce up the house before the open house.

"There were some carpets that needed to be replaced and time to paint," Scott Munsinger said.

After living in the home for more than a decade, the Munsingers had weighed moving versus remodeling. 

"For us, just updating where we're at, we like it here. It works for us. It just made it easier, except when you're in the middle of it all right now," Munsinger said.

"I think people are probably comfortable now that we're out of hard times and maybe people were saving up during those hard times and now that things are, the economy is good and back and steady, they're willing to dip into their savings a little bit," Remodeler Jason Seykora said. 

Seykora is in the middle of five different jobs right now. 

"Things are busy and they're only going to get busier," Seykora said.

That's because in the spring, remodeling picks up even more with outside jobs. In fact, new shingles and siding is already three times higher than last year.

While the demand is high for remodeling that can also create some problems because there simply aren't enough subcontractors available in the city to get all the jobs done. 

"It is a trickle-down effect. Things get pushed back or delayed because someone is on this job, can't get there and that only progresses throughout the summer and gets worse and worse," Seykora said.

And that means, as these homeowners found out, when you're looking to hire a remodeling contractor, you'll have to be patient. 

"I called a few different people and I think we waited for a few months to even get them over and see what we could have done. I'm not surprised, obviously something is going on just because it's hard to get somebody over just to do an initial look," Munsinger said.

But now that the work is underway, it will be done in time for graduation.

The push is on to get more trade people to both South Dakota and North Dakota.

A group called Dakota Construction Careers, made up of six building trade groups, is holding a series of open houses in communities across both North Dakota and South Dakota from now through May to recruit and train new workers.

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