Landscaping, pool companies say demand is at an all-time high ahead of 2nd COVID-19 summer – London

As people prepare for their second summer of COVID-19, the increased demand for landscaping, grills, and pools hasn’t slowed since last year.

As more people stay home amid the pandemic and the lockdown that followed, landscaping companies and companies selling outdoor recreational items like pools and grills say business is at an all-time high.

“The news spread quickly and people realized that they couldn’t just call and get what they wanted, but had to queue so that demand never waned, especially over Christmas and February,” said Jay Murray, president of TLC landscaping.

“It really never stopped.”

TLC Landscaping specializes in custom pools and landscaping. Since the pandemic broke out in early 2020, business has grown 50 to 100 percent, according to Murray.

For some, Murray said, it can be frustrating when many want a pool for their families to do this summer but not be able to get it.

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He said the wait to do a pool or something outside is so high that people are giving up in 2021 and asking about projects for 2022.

As the demand for projects increases, so does the demand for supplies. Murray said material costs have increased 20 to 30 percent in some cases, with wood costs sometimes being four times what it was before the pandemic.

“We usually order wood three days in advance, but now we can order it three weeks in advance, which adds to the problem by trying to stay one step ahead,” he said.

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Murray expects demand to normalize again in 2022, with prices for projects possibly even falling as the supply chain normalizes again.

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Beachcomber London co-owner Jeff McColl said while an order could be delivered within a week or up to eight for a custom project prior to the pandemic, the standard is now eight months to a year.

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Beachcomber London sells hot tubs as well as outdoor cooking equipment such as grills, slow cookers and pizza ovens.

McColl said there has been a demand for everything they sell across the board.

“The grills get lighter in winter, but we’ve had more demand than usual in the off-season, and with the gazebos and hot tubs, it’s been quiet where you had a high season before the pandemic,” McColl said.

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Because people don’t go to restaurants or travel as often, McColl said people have been more focused on improving their homes.

Instead of eating out, people are experimenting with cooking at home, and with that, there has been an increase in people buying things like pizza ovens, grills, and slow cookers.

However, given the demand for more outdoor recreation, McColl cautions people against making an informed purchase.

He said these big purchases will last 10 to 20 years in most cases. Hence, people should keep doing the research to make sure that the product they are buying is the right one, and not just the first one that is available.

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