The original saying, “What does that have to do with the price of tea in China?”, is just a rude way for someone to express they don’t care about what you’re saying. Like: If what you’re saying does not directly affect me, why are we talking about it?
Well, the price of lumber is affecting me because it’s having a HUGE impact on the housing market, price of new construction homes, and renovations. Please see the below funny anecdotes I’ve collected from social media.
“Why don’t you just build the house you want if there’s nothing on the market you want.” Okay, I’ll play your silly little game.
Yesterday I posted about our struggles to find a house we want. While we are very open to “fixer uppers” (I’ve seen all the shows and am pretty confident I could pull it off) it is currently MORE expensive to fix a cheap broken house than to buy one that needs no work. Why? Because you need lumber to build cabinets, walls where they didn’t exist, new floors, and the list goes on. Houses that are move in ready are priced about $100k more than they would have listed last year. $100K.
Lumber is up 400% from what wood cost when the pandemic started. For those who spent early lock down on renovations, you slid into home plate just in time. The deck that cost $200 in material at the beginning of lockdown, now costs $800. The renovation that should cost $20,000 now cost $80,000, by principle.
Apply this to building a house from scratch and you can see how this is problematic.
What’s worse, is I LOVE DIY projects, some of which uses wood and other raw materials to create décor or functional furniture. Maybe I can build a house out of pallet wood, or start a business clearing trees from people’s property and process the building material myself. If I go off grid, you’ll know why.
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