Was I Being Irrational?: My Home Renovation Story

Have you ever thought of remodeling your home? Are you intimidating by the concept of doing construction? Renovations do not have to inconvenient if you have done your research and made the proper preparations. In addition, there are many reputable and affordable contractors that can help turn your home remodeling dreams into a reality. You can even hire a Construction Claims Consultants if there are issues.

Anyway verything started the night of the big thunderstorm; as a result, we lost power for a week. Because of this power outage, we ended up having to empty our sump pumps manually so they would not flood when it was raining. This was a hassle but things didn’t really get bad till one night when it was pouring rain. To make things easier on him, my husband left the doorwall open so he could dump the buckets of the water faster.

Just a couple of days later, my daughter was throwing something in the garbage when she noticed these little brown “pebbles” by our trash can in the kitchen. Well, after closer inspection, turns out those pebbles where mouse droppings. We’re not sure but we think a mouse (or family of mice) took advantage of the open doorwall and decided to become comfortable in our home.

When I found about the mouse droppings, I freaked out and starting cleaning my house like a madwoman. I threw away EVERYTHING and it still wasn’t enough. Maybe I was being irrational, but I couldn’t stand the thought of a mouse using my things as its own personal restroom. Even after I threw everything away, I was still unsatisfied. This is when I decided that we needed to renovate the kitchen.

I was worried about how my husband would react, but when he heard my plan, he was all for it and added some ideas of his own. When all was said and done, we gutted the kitchen, removed the brick fireplace, tore out the ceiling, and put hardwood flooring on the entire first floor. Surprisingly, the renovation took less time than we expected and once we adjusted to a portion of our house being unusable, things went really smoothly.

Home remodeling can be something as small as upgrading one of your bathrooms to renovating your entire house. My husband and I had undergone one of these projects before, a remodel of our second floor bathroom, but we had never undertaken a project this big before.

Before we made any changes, we spoke to some of our friends to get their opinions, and possibly, advice. Many of them were against our idea because of shady contractors and frustration that usually come with these projects, but we still decided to go ahead with our plans.

My husband and I started out with a simple dream and we were able to turn it into a reality. During our renovation, we did a lot of demolition, dealt with a tremendous amount of dust, and spent many nights eating in our living room, but the end result was still worth it.

Every remodel is different and some are less or more extensive than ours. However, the basics of all remodels remain the same; you must plan and prepare; not only deciding the changes that you will make, the amount of money you will have to spend, but also dealing with the tremendous inconveniences that are par for the course with these types of projects.

How Economic Instability Has Affected The Construction Industry

When the global crisis occurred in 2008, millions of people around the globe were taken by surprise. Today, only a few years later, everyone seems to feel more stability due to the government portraying economic growth as being on the upswing. For many Americans, however, the truth of the matter is there are no signs of economic growth, especially in the field of residential and commercial construction.

Looking Into The Past

In the past, the housing market and construction industry was always the ‘knight in shining armor’ when it came to pulling the economy up to par and out of slow periods of growth and recession. However, this occurrence has not happened this time as the economists are seriously and gloomily predicting total economic collapse. The number of people out of work right now, especially in the construction field, is growing every month. American moral has fallen tremendously and many people do not see an end in sight. Without construction jobs, there is no positive boom in new homes building and without the sales and money generated through a healthy housing market, the economy slows and becomes stagnate. Through a trickle effect, the economic stagnation begins to slowly infiltrate other employment fields. Bear in mind that since the 2008 crisis, the housing market has barely reached half of its previous contributions that worked to stimulate economic growth.

The Good And Bad News

According to The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), 6,000 jobs were added to the construction industry in May 2014, causing the unemployment rate in this field to fall to 8.6%, an improvement considering the state of the current housing market and the lowest level of this rate in six years. Ken Simonson, AGC chief economist, states that: ““Even with five straight months of construction employment gains, the industry remains vulnerable to sudden shifts in demand. Unless lawmakers act in the next few weeks to head off an expected disruption in highway funding, the sudden loss of billions of dollars worth of demand would cost many construction workers, as well as workers from other segments of the economy, their jobs.”(Read full article here) The sudden shifts could occur due to government budget cuts on both local and state levels for road construction, thus causing the trickle effect to other fields of employment. The current White House administration has Americans feeling nervous and for many, investing is not wise right now, causing even more damage to a weak economy, especially in the areas of real estate and the housing market.

How Much Depends On Federal Government Funding

The average American ten or so years ago may not have given much thought to just how much the construction industry depends on the funding from the federal government. However, these days, many people, especially those working in construction that have lost their jobs, have become painfully aware of the importance of government funding. When you stop to consider how many construction workers are out of work and are risking the loss of huge percentages of their pensions, you see why overall societal moral is at an all-time, historical low.

The Environment and The EPA Effects Could Be Devastating

The sad fact is many Americans that have spent their entire careers in the construction industry are now facing other, viler government rulings, laws and changes that possibly affect thousands of Americans working in several areas of construction. These changes are due to the Environmental Protection Agency and the latest regulations coming from the Obama administration regarding carbon and its effects on global warming. A study conducted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce produced information stating that an estimated 200,000 jobs in the construction industry will be destroyed, being considered by the Obama administration and EPA as ‘collateral damage’ in the promotion of economic growth, not to mention the higher costs of energy for families in the future (Read full article here).

What To Believe In

For Americans hearing the government speaking in a positive manner about recovery of the economy while they remain in poverty and are struggling to put food on the table, it is hard to find something to believe in. As Americans, sticking to one’s beliefs, morals and values is important. Banding together through these hard times and working to get America back on her feet is a common goal that when shared by the many struggling families becomes a driving force to be reckoned with, especially when it comes to voting and getting the root of the economic failure out of office.