If you’ve experienced water damaged before, you know it is anything but awful. Regardless of whether it is a minor issue that needs a DIY solution or a major problem that warrants help, water damage is not welcome in any home or office.
The restoration industry has definitely come a long way. Back in the day, there was very little to say about the entire industry. Now, the industry is more mature and stable. Of course, it has its disappointments as well.
Let’s zero in on water damage restoration for this article. What does the future look like?
- The Water Restoration Market
Let’s begin with the trends in the restoration market. From 2017 and beyond, the market has generally enjoyed balanced demand/supply dynamics. To foster growth, contractors must move away from the mentality of “why our service” and focus more on the “why us” mentality instead. If you take a quick look around, water damage restoration providers in search of large markets are already capitalizing on this strategy, thanks to the rising number of national branding campaigns, consolidation, and growth acquisition.
Looking forward to a friendly and kind bureaucratic process to water damage restoration in the future? You may be in for a rude shock. In the coming days, more aggressive enforcement will replace real assistance in government agencies. This is because it is quite impossible for a government agency to create a balance between public service and customer service. Documentation is set to be important than the actual process of water restoration, so plan yourself accordingly.
Licensing in the water restoration industry has been a major concern since time immemorial. Statistics and money are mostly to blame for the inconsistencies. Virginia had a mold licensing law at some point but this was repealed after three years based on claims that it wasn’t easy to sustain. Going forward, expect the government to leave water restoration programs to still fund their own efforts, including licensing. However, there’s hope that some states will slowly improve their licensing processes in the future.
Finally, we are going to see different technologies of business operations in the industry in the coming years. To stay competitive, restoration providers should strive to manage their costs of operation while meeting the ever-rising demand for technical and documentation expertise. There are several strategies already adopted by suppliers and manufacturers to address these desires.
Some have taken the direction of commoditized approach which focuses on higher volume lower cost. In this strategy, the margins of the business are controlled by bringing down the cost of equipment, tools, labor, and other expenses.
Other manufacturers are geared towards the provision of economy-grade products. Their main focus here is not price, but rather durability and performance.
The other common technology is investing in higher production resources and tools to increase revenue. This technique is all about lowering labor rates and variable costs such as monitoring, administration, and storage.
That’s it about the future of the water damage restoration industry. If you are a stakeholder, brace yourself for the times ahead. Play your cards right and know where you stand in the market.