COLORADO SPRINGS – While the pandemic has forced some companies to cut their workforce, it has had exactly the opposite effect for those involved in home remodeling.
“I help clients plan their rooms, design their kitchens, choose their cabinets and counters,” said Allison Bremmer, interior designer at Aspen Kitchens in Colorado Springs.
Lately she has been taking on more and more customers.
“Probably every couple of weeks or so,” she said.
And just ask your colleagues …
“I’d say we’ve seen a likely 20-30 percent increase over the past year,” said Johanna Alstrin, designer at Aspen Kitchens.
– Business continues to boom.
“Because interest rates are low, property values are stable and rising,” said Alstrin. “They can’t spend their money on vacation … and they’re stuck in their homes.”
But there is more to it than that.
“Most houses have to be remodeled after 20 years, and 20 years ago we had a huge population boom,” she said.
When you associate a hot market with people who spend more time in their homes …
“I think it’s a perfect storm right now,” said Alstrin.
It’s a storm of possibilities.
“We hired a lot more people,” she said.
“People” like Bremmer.
“I’ve been here for about six months,” said Bremmer.
Your job only exists thanks to the boom.
“Because they needed help, because everyone was building their homes,” she said.
It’s not always easy.
“There is a lot of stress for everyone involved and there are a lot of details and a lot of decisions,” she said.
But for them it’s the perfect challenge.
“I live from a little stress and a little time crisis,” said Bremmer. “So I’m not complaining.”
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