Weather & Trade

Weather-&-Trade

Weather & Trade

When Hilton Head Island shows up at the top of Travel & Leisure Magazine’s “World’s Best” list (again!), it’s because the magazine’s readers said so. Topping the list has to do with the pleasures that make something like 40% of our visitors come back again. But being named “World’s Best” year after year says something just as strong about our accessibility. Hilton Head Island accomplished what one writer called “the Bermudian balance” of attracting enough people to be successful, but not so many as to spoil the experience. And that’s good news for all of us who have made this area our home.

But Coastal Carolina has also received media attention over the past few weeks because of unwanted visits from both Florence and Michael. Once again, we were fortunate to miss those hurricanes with not much more than some heavy rains and scattered pine straw. But as thankful as we are to avoid serious damage, these powerful storms do disrupt transport, and drive up the cost of building materials as the repairs and rebuilding in impacted areas raise the demand for these products. The comeback trail for those places that were hit will go on for many months, and this may become a steady part of the materials market.

Tariffs are another factor expected to drive up the cost of building materials, and there’s no telling how long this will last. Our National Association of Homebuilders says the 10% tariff on Chinese goods that started in September includes 600 items that are used in home construction, about $10 billion worth. And in January that tariff jumps to 25%.

Throughout it all, the demand for homes in the Hilton Head Island area is strong. So, if you’ve been thinking about building or remodeling, the reasons to begin now are mounting up. Check out our website at TomPeeplesBuilder.com where you’ll find floorplans, videos and client testimonials – or give us a call at 843-681-2600 and let’s talk over what you’d like to do.

We’re happy to work with your architect, or we can coordinate design services to turn your ideas into blueprints. For 40 years Mary Ann and I have always welcomed another chance to help someone make a home out of their dreams, with the finest in craftsmanship, service, and integrity. We still work hard to live up to our motto: “We Make Building a Pleasure.”