2020 was a very unusual year for Professional Landscape Companies, and as an industry, we faced many challenges. The Health and Safety of our clients and team members is of the utmost importance to us. As we enter 2021, we will continue to follow evolving Public Health Guidelines and Protocols.
The biggest challenge we faced was material availability. Lumber and building supplies, interlock and wall stone products, Natural Stone, Armour Stone, and virtually all materials used in our construction and installations faced extreme shortages. Projects were rejigged with alternate materials, delayed, put off, or cancelled completely due to the constraints we experienced. We did our very best to keep projects costs from spiraling, but it was difficult and 2021 looks to be no different.
While pricing has stabilized somewhat, as we enter the winter season we are being notified regularly by our suppliers of potential price increases driven by supply/demand side economics. We will order your materials as soon as your project is confirmed.
And while it is difficult to provide a confirmed installation date under these conditions, we are doing our best to forecast your installation dates based on the information we have available at the time we receive your commitment to proceed.
Like most in our industry, we are experiencing higher than normal demand. Our clients and prospective clients are spending more time at home, traveling little or not at all, and "Stay-Cationing" is the new norm. As such, we are carefully reviewing all new opportunities and will be forthright and upfront about the probability of performing work for you in 2021 and when. Because the situation is constantly evolving, we will do the best we can, under the circumstances.
As the vaccine becomes more widely available for the general population, our contractors will be asked to be vaccinated to protect them and you from the virus. Until that time, we will continue to follow Public Health Guidelines while working together and on your property.
Thank you for your continued patience and understanding.
From our team to you, your family, and friends we wish you Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and may you share the warmth of the season as safely as you can.
OHS Landscape Group