Humanity is failing its fellow brothers and sisters when it comes to housing. The World Resource Institute estimates that nearly 900 million people in the world live in slums or inadequate housing, while Habitat for Humanity places the numbers living substandard housing above 1.6 billion. Compared to most of the developing world, America’s poor would be considered rich because they at the very least have doors, windows and running water in their home. The affordable housing crisis is taking America’s trend toward the rest of the world instead of lifting it up. There is a belief by many who have more that those who don’t should work harder. However, they fail to realize that most people are doing the best they can despite limitations in education, economic circumstances, family structure or some form of actual physical or emotional challenge. Few people choose to be poor.
It’s hurricane season in Florida and homeowners are on edge as the national media sensationalizes every tropical storm and hurricane threat with the sirens of an apocalyptic warning. I am not implying that hurricane weather, preparations and evacuations are not stressful. However, given that Lake and Sumter counties are located within the state of Florida and away from coastlines, if you follow the instructions from your local emergency management personnel, you’ll be okay.
The costliest part of most construction projects is the waste that occurs on the jobsite from theft, poor cleanliness and workers’ disregard for supplies on the project. It is hysterical how construction project owners will chase the absolute lowest price on a 2-by-4 stud, then lose it tenfold because of poor jobsite management.
Most homeowners hate building permits. Maybe it is because they don’t like the government telling them what they can or cannot do. It could be the delays or costs. Whatever the reason, contractors and installers are asked daily by homeowners if they will do their job without pulling a building permit. A licensed contractor that does work without pulling the proper permit is putting his license in jeopardy and can face disciplinary action and fines by the state. Homeowners that perform work on their property without the proper permit can face fines as well as significant reconstruction issues. It is against local and state law to perform non-permitted construction work and the building code enforcement is cracking down on this type of activity.