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Contractors keep up with rising demand for homes

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Home sales are on the rise in Nashville, but local real estate agents aren't the only ones seeing a hike in business.

Some new homebuilders say the calls keep pouring in, and many of them just don't have the man power to keep up.

Builder Michael Hart and his team are almost finished with construction on a new home in Nashville, and while Hart wrapped up work Friday, more calls for other projects continued to arrive.

"Now, we're getting three, four, five a week, calling about, inquiring about the work. We're trying our best to handle everything that's coming in, but we're shorthanded when it comes to meeting the demand that's, all of the sudden, flowing in the door," Hart said.

He is not alone. According to the Metro Codes Department, the number of single-family home permits are up by more than 25 percent compared to this time last year.

While those extra hammers and nails are a welcomed change, for some contractors it has created another problem.

"It's been, actually, pretty hectic for me. I've had to bring on more help and am looking for more help," said plumber Colm Keenan

Keenan said finding that extra help has not been easy. He adds when construction slowed a few years ago, some workers went into different lines of work, while others no longer have the needed skills.

"Everybody knows how to do it at the interview, but, as they say, it stops at the crawl space door when you go in to do the work. Then you find out who was qualified," Keenan said.

Hart said he's faced with a similar challenge, but adds the workload is not slowing down, which is still a better problem when compared to the alternative.

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