Haven’t put much thought into this but my wife and I seem to get motivated to do some renovations on the house when the market turns down. Help the economy blah blah blah but it is just when we seem to think about it more seriously and so it happens.
Every time, EVERY TIME, we do this the construction people we talk to say something like “Surprisingly, we are very busy!”. This happened recently. Now, it is highly likely that they really are busy this day but it caused me to look back. I remember being surprised when the Great Recession hit a little over 10 years ago getting the same responses. News and such said everything ground to a stand still but everyone we talked to talked about how extremely busy they were and scheduling etc.
There were several other down times since the early 90s and I remember all the same.
Now, being slow on the uptake, I am going ‘hmmmmmm’. When I was working, we always told a client, when asked, that we were extremely busy even if we were sitting around all day skipping stones in the nearby pond. I guess to appear important and maybe to short circuit any ‘well I should get a price break’ discussions.
True, with respect to construction? Again, I can believe today it is true but what about 2009? after 9/11? etc.