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Business with COVID-19

Remodelers and industry insiders describe their COVID-19 experience and response

April 03, 2020
Remodelers are struggling to deal with COVID-19

In three weeks, 101 recorded U.S. cases of COVID-19 ballooned to more than 33,000. As of April 6, the country has more than 348,000 confirmed cases—more than any other single country. Streets are empty, businesses are closed. People can’t go to work, or congregate too closely. One in five Americans have been ordered to stay home, according to reporting from The New York Times. Goldman Sachs projects the country’s GDP will drop 24% next quarter as a result. That would be the worst GDP drop in U.S. history, by a lot.

The outbreak’s impact on everyday normalcy in the U.S. is unprecedented, as is it’s impact on the remodeling industry. There’s no guide for how to navigate a remodeling business through a global pandemic the scale that we’re experiencing. With that in mind, we’ve reached out to a number of remodelers and industry organizations to get a better understanding of how COVID-19 has impacted their markets and how they’re responding as a result.

We will be publishing their responses in a series of posts that will extend the length of the crisis, however long that proves to be.


Joseph Irons, President and General Manager, and Melissa Irons, Showroom and Operations Manager

Irons Brothers Construction, Shoreline, Wash.

Bryan Sebring, Owner 

Sebring Design Build, Naperville, Ill.  

Dean Mon, 2020 Chairman of the Board 

National Association of Home Builders

Vince Nardo, President

Reborn Cabinets, Anaheim, Calif.

Jan Burchett, Executive Director

Kansas City NAR

Brian Gottlieb, President

Tundraland, Appleton, Wis.


About the Author



I have never seen anything like this in my forty years as a remodeler in Maryland. I have weathered through recessions, economic downturns, unusually high unemployment rates, and my business continued. I have not had a call for new business in over four weeks. I do have work in the pipeline. I have jobs sold and my clients want to wait until the Covid-19 is well on the decline. I think when our government gives us the all clear. my phone will ring off the hook. Steve Klitsch, HIRE ME, LLC 301-910-5600

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