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Rising Interest Rates: What Tradesmen Need to Know
Kelly Ohlmus

Rising Interest Rates: What Tradesmen Need to Know

Understanding the impact of rising interest rates on trade professionals and how to prepare for it.

As a trade pro, you've likely been keeping a close eye on the state of the housing market and rising interest rates.  In particular, the likelihood of further interest rate hikes could have a significant impact on demand for small building contractors and tradesmen for home repair, improvement, and maintenance business.


Rising Interest Rates: Impact on the Trade


The impact of interest rates on the housing market is well-documented. As interest rates rise, the cost of borrowing money increases, which can make it more difficult for people to buy homes or to take out loans for home improvement projects. This, in turn, can slow demand for tradesmen who provide services related to home repair and improvement.

There are a few reasons why rising interest rates can have this impact. First, when interest rates go up, the cost of borrowing money increases. This means that people may be less likely to take out loans to pay for home repairs or upgrades, as they will have to pay more in interest charges over the life of the loan.

Second, rising interest rates can impact the overall economy. When interest rates are low, it's generally easier for businesses to borrow money to invest in growth and expansion. When interest rates rise, however, businesses may be less likely to take on debt, which can slow economic growth.

So, what does this all mean for your business? It's important to be aware of the potential impact that rising interest rates could have on your business. While there's no way to predict exactly how high-interest rates will go, it's important to be prepared for the possibility that demand for your services could slow down.

One way to prepare for this is to focus on providing high-quality services and building a strong reputation in your community. When demand for your services does slow down, you'll be better positioned to weather the storm if you have a strong reputation and a strong referral customer base.

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Another way to prepare is to diversify your services. While home repair and improvement may be your primary focus, consider branching out into other areas that may be less impacted such as demand for sustainable construction and renewable technologies.

To prepare for the potential impact of further interest rate increases, it's crucial to focus on providing high-quality services and building a strong reputation in the community. Additionally, diversifying your services into areas that may be less impacted by interest rate changes, can help mitigate the effects of a slowing housing market. By being prepared and adaptable, trade professionals can continue to thrive even in uncertain economic times.

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