CASPER, Wyoming — The Central Wyoming Homebuilders Association’s annual Spring Home and Garden Show returned to Ford Wyoming Center this weekend, as contractors and homeowners geared up for spring cleaning, renovations, new buildings and landscaping.
Vendors advertised their services and supplies to landlords and tenants, and prepared candy bowls for families. Industries such as home heating and cooling, spas, patios, tree care, gardening, construction, stoves and fireplaces, as well as an array of crafts and artisan foods were represented .
Dianne Ebert, CEO of the nonprofit Central Wyoming Homebuilders, which is hosting the event, told Oil City that organizers are opting for a mix of vendors, but are “primarily” in the construction industry. building.
“We try to keep it in the house and in the yard…but you have makeup and TV at home,” Ebert said.
Since last year, professional contractors have felt the pressure on the price of materials due to global supply chain issues and labor shortages due to the pandemic. This year, the impact of inflation and rising fuel prices has only exacerbated the problem.
“What I hear from everyone is that prices keep going up,” Ebert said. “And getting a product is almost impossible.”
“Every week last year, material prices went up in metal,” said Tim Delinger, who founded a gutter and liner business that his son now runs as A&B Seamless Gutter. “Its price has almost doubled since the first one last year.
Designer said that means the longer it takes to complete a job after you offer an estimate, the more likely the actual cost will exceed the quote.
“I used to give 90 day offers. Now you bid 10 and hope you don’t eat a whole lot of it,” Delingner said.
Chris Hepp, owner of Wales Greenhouse, said transport costs were rising so he was building an addition to the greenhouse to store materials, especially Canadian peat moss.
“It’s a lot more money for us, but we shouldn’t run out of it.”
Pottery ware, which typically comes from China and Indonesia, is another price that “has exploded,” Hepp said. “That’s probably the one item we’ve seen the biggest price increase on.” And for past orders, “we may have received a third.”
Hepp added that there has been a “huge influx” of interest and purchases related to home gardening since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. It fell a bit last year, but expects it to continue with continued concerns about consumer prices and, recently, food quality.
“If you have the time, you can grow much higher quality produce than what you can get from the store.”
Some contractors reserve a good percentage of their clients for the year at the show. Delinger said he typically gets around 20% bookings. Still, he says the bulk of business is done between August and October, as customers scramble to get the job done before the following winter.
As project season emerges, people are taking stock of peeling paint, leaning fences and barren plots of land, and the Home and Garden Show is urging them to act early, sellers said.
Some of these issues may persist for many years: All Trees owner Ryan Wenger said his company still tends to have dangling limbs that were compromised during the infamous “Snow-pocalypse” in October 2013 .
These members are called “widowmakers,” according to Wenger’s colleague AJ, and the company encourages homeowners to take advantage of the free estimates so they can mitigate damage to life and property.
After all, “Nothing is really light in the world of trees,” AJ said.