MORE REQUESTS THAN USUAL
Likewise, Scott Leong, who has been running his one-stop design and build renovation service for over three years, said after the most recent lockdown was lifted at the end of July, he had to rush to start work on jobs which had been backlogged since the beginning of the year.
“Right now, I have to handle about seven minor renovation projects simultaneously, all in condominium units, and there are more requests coming in,” he said.
Electrical contractor Lim Chui Leng, who has been working as an electrician for over 20 years and now runs his own business, said job requests were still coming in.
He recalled how his business was affected by the first movement control order (MCO) and the subsequent lockdowns.
“Last year was harder, because I still needed to pay my workers but no movement was allowed. Luckily I had earned enough from some big jobs before March, so that helped.”
From May to July this year, he went to work at a friend’s vegetable farm in Pahang.
“He needed manpower, and this way, I could still afford to pay my workers,” he said.
One reason for the jump in requests, according to Tan, was the fact that people have been cooped up at home due to the lockdowns and started paying more attention to areas that need fixing.
“Before the lockdowns and COVID-19, for a lot of us, home was just a place we came back to bathe and sleep in,” he said.
“But now that you are at home 24/7, you start to notice all the little problems, maybe leaks or cracks and other repairs which you cannot ignore now.”