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After the hurricanes: rebuilding homes, but with a challenge

When it comes to home repair, finding the right contractor can make all the difference between mediocre construction performance and an absolute dream home. Yet for countless Texas residents, this is likely the last task to check off the list. After hurricanes Harvey and Irma, many have struggled to find contractors to make basic and vital repairs to their homes.

The catastrophic damage the natural disasters caused is evident, but CNN Money explains exactly why construction is at such a shortage in the area. Some contractors and other experts in the field point out that there was a preexisting shortage of contractors in many parts of Texas. The reasons? According to CNN, the housing crisis a decade ago resulted in the loss of a lot of skilled workers; the fact that a large majority of construction workers have reached the age for retirement has also been a contributing factor. On top of this, less younger workers choose to go into the construction industry. But the seemingly largest issue running amiss is the number of foreign construction workers as a result of President Trump's immigration policies. The industry, CNN points out, depends heavily on foreign workers -- and with the current political climate, less foreign individuals are choosing to relocate to the US.

The Washington Post dovetails with this concern regarding the lack of foreign workers, stating in an October article that, after Harvey and Irma, the situation certainly appears bleak. Those in the construction industry help clarify this struggle, as the Post shares that time is another factor: starting reconstruction when a house is still damp only seals in more mold. Contractors across the affected areas have had a huge influx in calls requesting repairs. One positive aspect to this tragedy, however, is the high demand and higher pay for construction jobs. Meanwhile, the rebuilding of businesses, schools, homes and lives is being taken in small -- but careful and progressive -- steps.   

 

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