Pool builders fully booked and ‘flat out’ as festive season approaches – ABC News

Pool builders fully booked and ‘flat out’ as festive season approaches – ABC News

A surge in arrivals, skills shortages and lack of building supplies are just some of the hurdles local pool builders have overcome to service the thriving industry on the Sunshine Coast.

Increased interstate migration to the region has seen the median value of homes soar, with home owners on the Sunshine Coast adding about $16,000 of equity last month alone — according to Corelogic figures.

While some are selling for a profit, many are using the equity to undertake home improvements.

In what is usually considered a frantic period heading into summer, pool builders say they have been busy since the pandemic started.

Serenity Pools Owner and Director Sam Fitzgerald said his business has been taking pool bookings six months in advance.(Supplied: Serenity Pools )

Serenity Pools Owner and Director Sam Fitzgerald said in an average year business tends to slow down heading into winter.

“We have been flat out; it hasn’t really changed since the start of COVID,” he said.

“It didn’t slow down last winter or this winter, so we have just been constantly busy for the last 18 months.

“Normally, we’d be catching up on our workload during winter and then get booked out ahead of summer, whereas coming into this winter, we were already booked out until Christmas.

“We were taking November and December bookings in March this year, so we’ve constantly been six months ahead.”

Interstate arrivals and site-unseen renovations

Serenity Pools owner Sam Fitzgerald said he has built pools for many families who have moved from southern states.

“It definitely helps because they come up and drive the prices of housing here up and it gives locals more confidence to put money into their own house,” he said.

“It would be around one in five are people that have relocated.”

Marvel Pools Owner John Forrest said his business has been inundated with enquiries since the start of 2020.

“We’ve had a few calls from people buying …….

Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-11-25/swimming-pools-sunshine-coast/100643114

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