Is there enough pie for everyone?

by WOHe

I’ve been meeting a lot of architects and custom home builders lately at all these Pro Expos I’m attending across the country. And I’ll continue to meet more of you over the next few months.

One of my standard questions I ask architects and builders when they approach my booth is, “How’s business?†Mostly, the response is, “Eh, it’s been better.â€

Then I ask, “Are you doing any new construction?†The common response is, “No, it’s mostly remodeling, plus a little bit of this, a little bit of that; whatever I can get my hands on.†These are owners of firms built on new construction work.

So now after four weeks of talking to many of you, I’m wondering if there’s enough work out there for everyone. If all these new-construction firms are doing more remodeling work, and any other work they can get their hands on, I’m wondering where’s the tradeoff?

As more people sustain themselves on pieces of the remodeling pie, something has to give. I know some businesses close their doors, while others of you are telling me you’re forced to conduct layoffs. But are those the only two options out there? Get into another market and lay people off, or close your doors?

Since I haven’t met most of you, my question to you is; Is there enough work out there for everyone? Are market changes and layoffs the only ways to stay in business?

What do you think? Let me know. Let me know. Or, scroll up to the first paragraph of this blog entry, look to the right and click where you see, “Leave a comment†or “Post or view comments.â€

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