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by Hillarys Colon, Thursday, July 30, 2020, 10:56 (15 days ago) @ Pepe the Programmer

I was the first generation that didnt do construction. My father wanted his kids to not have to work with their hands. Back in the day that was what people aspired to. Trades people were looked down upon and there were lots of them. They didnt make what they do today.

Even though I didnt do it as a career I have been around it my entire life. I know when contractors are bullshitting me because duh, I have done it.

There are a lot of gotchas. You really need to understand the environment where you live. You can get plowed just because you dont know.

Most of these inspectors are on the take. They are a looking for $$, dont let anybody shit you otherwise. Its well known and documented. It supposedly doenst happen today but thats just a giant lie.

I have never encountered lumberyards or the depot ratting me out to the town though that doesnt mean it doesnt go on. From what I have seen nobody seems to give a flying fuck what you do. Nobody wants the hassle of the town govmt in your shit. Dont ask dont tell ;).

But what I have seen happen is goodie goodie type neighbors will turn you in to the town. The next thing you know an inspector is at your house. That I have seen quite a bit. These fuckers cant mind their business.

The PRNJ sucks but it is what it is. Less than 1/3 of the the population votes here. I suspect because people are lazy and they feel it wont matter anyway.

The problem with the trades today is the law of supply and demand. Starting back in the 70s they encouraged everyone to go to college. They still do. Less trades people have been produced with the end result is they are in high demand.

At one point I wanted to start a handyman service because you would be shocked at the things people CANT DO today. I can do everything from framing, sheetrock to electrical and plumbing. The big gotchat here is the licensing.

License bullshit by state:

https://www.homeadvisor.com/r/state-by-state-licensing-requirements/


There are web sites about being your own GC:

https://www.bobvila.com/articles/678-being-your-own-general-contractor/

https://www.thespruce.com/should-you-be-your-own-contractor-1822276

https://www.hunker.com/13714098/how-to-serve-as-your-own-general-contractor

https://www.therealfarmhouse.com/how-to-be-your-own-general-contractor-and-build-your-dream-home-for-a-fraction-of-the-price/


Do a search on Amazon "being your own general contractor as well.


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