The world of small home improvement contractor is shaking the financial instability of the country. Most homeowners are simply struggling to make ends meet and pay their bills with the thought that their largest purchase of their lives is neglected, yes, I speak of their home.
As a homeowner myself, I think I like many other people trying to at least one improvement to make to your home each year. Usually, this improvement is the time you spend in your home more enjoyable. But with the changing times, we started with less emphasis on the big screen TV, huge deck in the back of the house, or even the new kitchen. With all these items you are looking to make your down time more enjoyable, but as a responsible homeowner, most people are looking to try their homes more energy efficient by spending their hard earned dollars in new energy-efficient windows, doors and insulation products to try to save money.
Last summer, many homeowners had introduced a new phrase called them, The Renovation Repair and Painting Rule (RRP), which was kindly brought to us by the (EPA). The RRP rule is the law that deals with the way renovations are carried out if there is lead paint detection in a house built before 1978. The new rule is not actually that new RRP. However, in April this year (2010) became a major headache for the general homeowner. In the past, this law will be used only in homes that were financed by the Housing and Urban Development Administration (HUD) or a child occupied facility (schools, nurseries, etc.)
If you sit back and think about this:
1 - The law states that any home built before 1978 must be tested for toxic lead for most types of work can begin. Lead found in lead safe work practices to be followed or the contractor could face steep fines very (these fines will start in the low thirty thousand varies by opening / day. In the present time there is only one lead test swab test available on the market which is considered acceptable for use in testing this law. This is the swab Lead Check Lead Test Kit. When the law come into effect it was a challenge at best to try to locate and to sell the company delayed owner if the owner tries to get the work completed and there were many companies selling these at a greatly increased price which created an opportunity for many people to be exploited.
2 - The EPA has come up with an estimated cost of forty-six per window or door to the cost of lead covering safe working practices. I know in my area I see billboards and print advertising all the time to show each window can be installed in your home including the window for the nineteen hundred and nine U.S. dollars. Does the average homeowner added forty-six U.S. dollars per hole to cover the costs when trying to figure out what the renovations will be? Does the homeowner looking for the quality of the product or the quality of the equipment they will receive? In many cases we have seen that this advertising trick using older people and people who have not even looked at the product they have installed, until it is too late. I believe that many people settle for less quality work and a lower quality product just to get the job done on what they believe is a good price and purchase regret shortly thereafter. I think because of the costs involved in this work in pre 1978 houses many contractors will stop doing work on these houses because of the profitability, which create a problem for many homeowners. Also, do not forget the materials needed to actually perform the work at hand to satisfy the law needs to be for the forty six U.S. dollars. This issue brings the question of how many people will contractors hire on the radar so to speak, to work without the lead safe work practices and the homeowner will likely receive less than satisfactory job and will again give the independent contractor's another black eye ? The debate on the idea that the same group of people who came up with these costs also include the right to pay seven hundred U.S. dollars for a toilet seat in the Pentagon ...
3 - Although no serious home owner or parent would want for their children's health to save money trade is understood. Yet we have the timing of this law going into effect demand. Our country has come off the worst economic crisis for many years and this is just a drag on changing the state of the economy. You hear a lot of government spokes people on the news every day to say that the backbone of the financial community is small business and small businesses is what the country out of the funk we are now experiencing. This law, it is very important also to create a strangle hold on to the smaller independent contractor and will continue to do so. I believe every builder will tell you that this law is a decisive factor when a homeowner is considering starting a project in their home. If the law were pushed back for a while until the country was ready for it?
4 - My last point would be to look at the financial implications for government and small contractor. All entrepreneurs started looking for a class to take to certify a cost of about three hundred U.S. dollars. After taking the class did not mean anything until you registered with the EPA, then an additional three hundred U.S. dollars (think every company was a minimal amount of three hundred U.S. dollars (and more to pay in some cases) cost for the EPA - much money is raised?). Now you think well this is the cost of doing business, correct, but keep in mind this was all done in spring when the average small builder is just hard to stay in business at the best of times. I think this the competitiveness of the cost of these extra costs and time to cover would be around one hundred and twenty dollars considering opening a two-man crew on a construction site.
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