Low cost house building
Many contractors and trades people will tell you there’s no such thing as low cost house building. That is so false. If you’ve been understanding the scheme of things, you’re probably well aware that the cost of homes comes mostly from hired labor.
Sometimes it seems that we have been set up to fail. Our parents taught us as good as they could, but it’s such a different world now.
The government inflation figures are accurate, but only in a relative way. What I mean is that the inflation on food, clothing and other consumables hasn’t been that high so minimum wage hasn’t been raised much at all over the last 40 years. it has been raised to match consumable inflation.
That’s why we’re told that minimum wage is fine where it is. But if you include the inflation of housing, autos, and medical expenses, you will come up with a very different number on inflation. The wealthy people are responsible for keeping minimum wage low.
You might be thinking that minimum wage has nothing to do with you, but it really does. It’s the base that most of our incomes are measured against. If minimum wage kept pace with true inflation, most of us could add from 15 to 20 dollars to our current hourly wage. There would definitely be less wealthy people in the world because their cost of production would go up.
This would help balance out the segregation problem between rich and poor. In our modern day, less than 1 percent of the world’s population owns almost 60 percent of the world and it’s resources.
That ratio wasn’t nearly as off balanced 40 years ago when income to expenses was manageable with one income.
The problem is that too many lobbyists and lawyers have created jobs and income for themselves by making up stupid rules and pushing them past dim-witted politicians.
Here’s what I mean. The three areas of inflation that are making us struggle is autos, homes, and medical expenses. These areas have each inflated in price for different reasons. Autos of coarse have become safer and more efficient, but they have also had a lot of union intervention that has driven the prices up.
Homes have become ridiculously over-priced, not because of expensive materials, but because of lawyers, lobbyists, bureaucrats, and politicians preventing us from doing our own work. Contractors have a legal advantage over the owners and so they can charge what they want. That’s why homes are so expensive.
We all know that medical expenses and meds have become inflated because of unmerited lawsuits and corporate greed from pharmaceutical companies.
Here’s the real kicker. There aren’t any laws preventing us from building our own cars as long as they meet code. There aren’t any laws preventing us from performing medical procedures on ourselves (if we had the desire). But in some states, we cannot build our own houses. That is illegal.
To me that is as ridiculous as a surprisingly prolific law in the great state of Oregon that only a member of the gas pumpers union can pump your gas for you. This is a prime example of idiotic politics.
I think that all builders should definitely be subject to permits and inspections to meet code requirements. It’s human nature to slack on the job, so this helps keep us in check.
Many homeowners would decide to build their own houses and save hundreds of thousands of dollars if they weren’t treated like invalids by the inspectors. But we also have to take the bull by the horns and get the inspectors to work with us when they don’t want to.
That’s why I have created a site on how to build a home without break the bank. Whether you do it all yourself, or you do a portion of it yourself, this knowledge will help you keep more of your hard earned money. It’s all about passing on information. If we have the “know how”, we will be armed with what we need.
There’s a website that really covers this topic well. I whole-heartedly recommend checking it out. It’s
Any home can be a low cost house building project if you compare the finished price of a contractor built home to an owner built home. The real beauty of this plan is the different levels of quality products available to most of us at the local building stores.
Most building centers have the expensive type of products and components, but they also carry a full line of more economical items.
Not only that, but they also have staff members that have a fairly good knowledge of the products and they can be a good resource for answers.
I will be the first person to admit that my house looks like a barn and it’s a little ugly. I don’t want people to think they are limited to this design.
I built this style of house for several reasons that have to do with our environmental conditions. It also has to do a lot with my personality.
The inside of the house is more like my wife. It’s beautiful, with a lot of class and style. It has clever designs of creativity everywhere.
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