Renovating Your Brooklyn Apartment in a Shortage-Filled Society

The pandemic has brought challenge after challenge. Though it may not be one of the most devastating effects, the supply shortage sure has pulled plenty of renovation projects to a halt. Thankfully, this doesn’t have to be the same for you. There are ways around the shortage, and we’re going to share them with you below.

But first, let’s paint a picture of the exact items that are hard to get. This can change at a moments notice, but some of the most-affected products so far have been:

  • Appliances
  • Flooring
  • Windows and doors
  • Cabinets
  • Insulation
  • Plywood
  • Furniture

These items are obviously essential, but don’t lose hope. Here are three ways to overcome shortages in renovations of your own:

#1. Buy From Small Brands

The most popular companies are the ones that experience the largest shortages, as they have more orders coming in than anyone else. Home Depot, Wayfair, West Elm, and other big names have orders backlogged whereas smaller spots may not. 

  • Reach out to local hardware and home goods stores to see what kind of inventory they have in stock. 
  • Consider asking which day their shipments are due, so you can be first in the doors when your most-needed items arrive. 

You may be surprised at what you find! Plus you can sleep well knowing you supported small businesses, who are having their own sets of issues.

#2. Hire a Designer with Connections

If you can’t seem to land orders yourself, a professional may be able to help. Designers often have connections with suppliers and can help consumers like yourself land your most desired items. And in turn, you get some extra support in making your place stand out.

Here are some top Brooklyn designers to reach out to if you choose to take this step.

#3. Consider Alternative Options

No matter how much effort you put in, it’s possible you won’t be able to find the products you need during this challenging time. If this scenario becomes your reality, try not to lose hope. There are likely a number of opportunities to move forward with your renovation plans.

  • Make your purchases ahead of time. If you plan to sell your home next year, start looking for materials now. Make your purchases when supplies are available and store the materials until the work begins. The time span may give you the upper hand in snagging every supply you need to get the job done.
  • Consider repairs instead of replacing. If an appliance in your home starts acting up, consider purchasing a replacement right away. This gives a better possibility that the replacement comes first, before the current version breaks for good, and second, before the time comes to put your place on the market.
  • Get creative with cosmetic touches. If you can’t find cabinets, consider painting your current ones. If the flooring is running low, refinish the original hardwoods instead. If you can’t find your perfect paint shade, switch it up and go with an up-and-coming trend. You may even want to check Etsy, eBay, or local shops for used or vintage pieces to bring into your space!

So even though the supply shortage is challenging, you shouldn’t let it stop you from selling your Brooklyn home. After all, the market is incredible for sellers right now, and you’re more than likely going to receive top-dollar offers on your place. If you need any renovation advice or help with the actual listing process, please get in touch! Brooklyn real estate is our jam, and we’ll share all of our insider advice to get your home looking its best.

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