Let’s talk prices. First let’s talk about material prices. Meaning the cost of stone, cement, sand, concrete for your patios. Years ago, prices would only go up in the spring, and then only about every three years. This simply is not the case any longer. No supplier waits for spring anymore, when gas prices were really high, everyone raised their prices. Fuel costs must be added to the material delivered to the job site, supply yard, etc. These prices never go back down just because fuel costs are half of what they were a couple of years ago.
We have seen a spike in material costs in the last few months, usually without warning, so if McFall masonry and Construction has given you an estimate just sixty days ago, the proposal will probably go up. Now, before you scrap your project, it probably won’t affect you a lot, but affect you it will. Concrete has raised overnight about $10 per yard. What this means is this: The average homeowner who has a new patio installed usually has the size which would equal about seven yards, so this would mean an additional $70 for the cost of your project.
If you are thinking about having a project for your property, please keep in mind that prices will continue to rise, it seems to be a trend right now until it gets to where suppliers are comfortable with there profit margin.
We’ve noticed that wages are increasing as well. Ten years ago we could pay unskilled labor $8 per hr, this jumped to $10 per hr about 5 years ago. Today, unskilled labor in the construction field will cost McFall Masonry and Construction $12-$13 per hr. So much for low prices.
Unfortunately we just do not have a way to keep these prices low or ignore them. When constructing a project we simply cannot skimp on materials needed for your project, some will do just that, but if you cut corners problems will arise a year or two later, then it will cost more to fix.
At McFall Masonry and Construcxtion, we use hard working unskilled labor, those who have a shovel and pick in their hands, making sure you get the most for your money. Skilled labor is on the rise also.
At McFall Masonry and Construction we use mainly company trained skilled labor rather than bring skilled labor from elsewhere, this helps us control labor costs, once again, trying to give the customer the most for your money.
Remember, to keep prices down a bit, call now, we’re into the Fall, then Winter so this is the time to get more ‘bang for your buck’. Prices are usually cut a bit this time of year, come late Winter, prices will begin to rise for the coming Spring. Call McFall Masonry and Construction now!