LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – The construction and lumber industry is seeing rising costs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to Doug Barr with Palumbo Lumber, prices are about 50 percent higher than last year.
Barr said as people are staying inside, home improvement projects have become a focus, so demand is high. A consumer specialist survey found 57 percent of homeowners made improvements this spring.
However, the product is low because mills and production were forced to shut down. He said the effect has trickled down, forcing some big projects to be put on hold.
“Unfortunately, the project was under a budget that was made, in say May, when they finally get to the