SCM increased prices on some of their Minimax mobile dust extractors by 25% yesterday. Sedgwick have just reprised all their machines … up 10-15% from June. Another one of our suppliers tells us that steel is up 102%, aluminium 70% copper 78% and container costs through the roof. One of our clients in Essex told me mdf has increased 145% since lockdown 1. I think Inflation is going to be more than 2.5% the government reports.I was told the price of getting a shipping container to the UK from China has gone from 3_4£K to 10K.
Cement was about £6 a waterproof bag last year for me to almost twice that now. Nearest B&Q to me is limiting them to two per customer so I'm told. A strainer fence post was about £23 last year to £40 now.
Didn't the start of the pan(dem)ic coincide with unseasonably high temperatures? I know my facebook feed was flooded with photos of people taking advantage of the furlough to soak up the sun and drink copious amounts of alcohol as if they were on a club 18-30+ holiday. Any extra drain to electricity would have been from running hot tubs.With everyone in lockdown the gas/electric use increased dramatically.
People used to the heating provided free at work, thought it ok to have the same at home.
Then the bills come in and many cannot afford it.
convert to dollars and that's probably typical here. Imagine you have appliances (those will look out of place, must change for new kitchen), countertops (even if they're granite from 20 years ago now, that's out of date -quartz is the thing and it's been the in thing now for a strong fraction of the decade, so it's only got another 5 or 10 years before it's not the in thing. Cabinets, if they're actually wood, figure $8k at wholesale (they'll be marked at a whole lot more than that in the bill, but the contractor does get to deal with them if something isn't right, and they probably have office staff to cover with the markups, or at least one office person who does estimates and orders most of the time).30k kitchen
I didn't replace appliances, either. Mine were 15 years old with the exception of a dishwasher purchased a year prior to match the others. Even with modest appliances, it would've been another $4-$5k just to have new things. I asked my wife who she wanted to buy appliances for - her, or for her friends to see. that didn't go over well, but I just didn't buy new appliances in the end and got away with it.Our kitchen cost about a grand, no appliances, we couldn't afford new ones. I did a good bit of the fitting myself but had to pay someone to do various tricky bits like mitre joints on the counters etc.