Examining the House and Homeowners-Construction Estimates

What’s the first thing that a building contractor looks at, when giving an estimate? Right when I step out of my truck, I look at what kind of cars are parked in the driveway and whether the home is maintained or not. If the home is in primo shape, it tells me that these homeowners could be meticulous and this usually means more work for a building contractor.

If the home innocent in that good of shape or moderately maintained, it tells me that the homeowners might not be overly fussy and could be easier to deal with. In other words, meticulous people are usually hard to deal with.

What’s the second thing that a building contractor looks at when giving an estimate? The next thing that I am going to look at is the inside of the house and what kind of personality the homeowners have. If the outside of the house is in great shape, there’s a good chance that the inside of the house is going to be in even better shape.

I really examine the homeowners carefully. I have only been fooled twice by someone’s misleading personality. It happened to me when I was young and I do the best that I can, to avoid working with people that I might not get along with. Any hint that the homeowners are trying to deceive me in any way, will terminate the in home estimate.

Whenever I am giving an estimate, I examine the house and the people, like they’re examining me. If you’re not comfortable with the homeowners and you don’t feel comfortable, for whatever reason, let another contractor work with them. It’s just not worth it.

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Genetically Modified Food – Calling All Scientists

To all scientists everywhere

I realise that the money for research comes from large companies but do you honestly think that developing a gene-modification-based solution to our problems is the long term answer? We are already releasing unknown and un-stoppable genetically modified food plants into the wild to breed with other native plants causing unknown results. As a scientist, do you not feel morally obliged to help the environment or are you just doing this as a career and for money?

Patenting of gene research

Already companies are buying up and registering patents which will stop poor countries of the world having access to its products. Any research that you as a scientist do, is probably owned by the university or lab where you do your research and as such will be sold to the highest bidder or be quickly patented by the companies with the closest links to your establishment.

Seed banks are the gold of the future

Seed banks are being bought up by a select few companies, as they know that this will become the ‘gold’ of the future and access to gene pools of native and natural untainted specimens will be the pot of gold. They do not need to distribute their genetically modified crops, because nature will do that for them. These companies only have to police and charge any farmer whose crops have become ‘tainted’ by nature with the new and patented genes. Soon, it will be a monopoly of farms owned by and run by the power hungry aggressive companies who own the patents to these crops. The small or medium-sized farmer will be gone, put out of business but the high charges levied by these companies who own the patents on the genes that the farmers had no idea they had acquired.

Perfect or cloned humans?

If you are working with animal genes rather than plant genes, I suspect that already in 2010 there are rich and powerful organisations who have access to human genetic modification or replication and a purer form of human. This is something which Hitler started in the Second World War, and may well become a reality within our lifetime but perhaps introduced through the scientific back door. Although there are guidelines in existence now, the back-door entrance provides entry without the rigid moral controls that the guidelines impose and for those with money, there is always a small gap under the door.

Money makes it possible

The problem is money. Money makes research possible. Money makes discoveries possible. The organisation that put up the funding wants a return on the money it gave for research and the result of the research, when patented, gives that return on their investment. But… who owns that company which needs a return on its investment? Why… you and I own that company through our shares and our pension fund and our life insurance.

Our responsibilities

We sit back and expect others to make decisions for us that are morally the ones we should make, but agendas of others are different, their motivation and their reason for being is different from ours. Quite often, this makes the decisions they make, not the ones we would choose, but the responsibility still remains with us. Unfortunately, however much we would like to do so, we cannot pass the buck on our responsibility and we will be judged in the future by our offspring.

We really need to wake up

Wake up and see what we are releasing into the wild and see that, once released, we cannot re-capture the natural and un-modified-by-man organisms that we once had. All the natural diversity will be controlled or killed off, leaving only a subset of possibilities which some scientist – maybe you – in a white coat believes is for the public good.

Factors Which Affect Home Construction

There are several key things to consider before house construction. These things can have a drastic impact upon the overall cost of construction as well as how quickly the project will be finished. Deciding to build a house means taking on a great commitment, and it is important to enter into it with both eyes open.

Location is crucial and should always be taken into consideration. The overall cost of the project will be heavily influenced not only by size, but by the area, which surrounds it as well. While having a huge house in a warm climate may be nice, these luxuries could quickly become a burden should the owner need to sell in a hurry.

Another element that should surely be taken into account is the environmental risk the climate will eventually pose to the structure. Every year, homes are lost due to natural disasters, disasters which tend not to discriminate against incomplete buildings. Even if the project is in a statistically safer area, the exact building location should be carefully analyzed from a geological point of view to assess any and all hazards it might present.

When someone decides on the size and location of the home, it is then time to estimate the project’s overall cost. This figure can be guessed roughly by adding the cost of construction materials along with the cost of the labor. If this figure proves to be too large to secure a loan for, then alterations must be made within the planning phase.

Although it is possible to finish the construction of a home without a contractor, this does not necessarily mean it is the best course of action. There will undoubtedly be a bit of extra cost associated with hiring a contractor, but doing so could help to avoid costly construction errors and could end up evening out altogether. Every ship sails more smoothly with a seasoned captain at the helm.

Factors that could raise or lower the overall cost as well as things that could slow down or speed up overall construction time are the things to consider before house construction. Among these factors are size, location, labor costs and materials used. When the overall plan for the home is put together, it is then time to estimate the total cost by adding material costs together with the cost of labor. Another factor to consider is whether or not to hire a contractor, which would add to the cost but would also help to ensure the whole job finishes on time and on budget.