Alberto Mordoki Explains 3 Difficulties Contractors are Facing During the Current Pandemic
While hard to believe, it’s been over half a year since the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak has taken an unprecedented toll around the world. The lives of many have been forever changed and industries have seen drastic loss in both revenue and employment as a result. And while many businesses have resumed operations, policies and regulations have altered the way business is conducted now and in the immediate future.
As the coronavirus continues to threaten the nation, both commercial builders and residential contractors have faced major challenges when dealing with this new reality. So, what does that mean for them? What are the major difficulties they are facing as the current pandemic continues to impact the world?
Alberto Mordoki, a highly skilled and experienced contractor for residential and commercial properties in the Fullerton, California area, understands how difficult this time can be for contractors like himself. He notes three challenges contractors should be aware of when conducting business during a global pandemic.
1. Material delays
For commercial builders and residential contractors that rely on goods or materials to complete their job, direct challenges will arise. For example, many contractors and builders look globally for everything from steel and stone to millwork and plumbing fixtures. With production of such goods slowing down, lower supply as well as higher material costs could pose as a major challenge for contractors trying to resume business in an already unsteady market, notes Alberto Mordoki.
2. Social Distancing Policies and Stay-At-Home Orders
For a residential contractor in particular, social distancing rules and stay-at-home orders can make project completion a difficult task. With strict guidelines in place as to who should be entering one’s home, certain types of residential contract work do not qualify as an “essential service” and therefore may be halted until social distancing policies let up.
Commercial builders have also seen many challenges when it comes to social distancing policies and public institutional closures, says Alberto Mordoki. To help prevent the spread of coronavirus, many schools, colleges, and businesses have shut down. Construction companies across the world are considering how they will react to an outbreak near one of their jobsites or offices.
3. Jeopardizing Workers’ Health and Safety
Whether you’re an individual contractor or a team of commercial builders, it’s important to remain informed about updated health and safety measures, so that you’re (1) not jeopardizing yours’ or someone else’s health, (2) losing business over unhealthy employees. For example, workers should be informed to use good hygiene including frequent handwashing, masks at all times, covering coughs, and avoiding touching their face.
While many businesses offer employees leave of absence or working from home to prevent the spread of COVID-19, construction companies and independent contractors require healthy workers on-site at all times.
Final Thoughts from Alberto Mordoki
Because we are in a time of uncertainty and rapid change, contractors and commercial builders must carefully respond by creating new opportunities for growth and innovation. The sooner your business detects the potential challenges posed by the COVID-19 crisis and responds with a feasible action plan, the greater the chances that you will not only overcome with minimal financial losses, but also recognize new opportunities for business growth, says Alberto Mordoki.