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Assessing restoration needs after home damage

Texas is clearly no stranger to weather extremes such as hurricanes and flooding. After Hurricanes Harvey and Irma took their toll last August, countless homeowners were left to assess the damage and start anew. Yet for many, one headache can turn into another when construction contractors introduce more trouble than solutions.

Such difficulties many Texans currently face are the shortage of construction workers and that of contract disagreements. The former has become an issue in the wake of the destructive hurricanes that swept across much of the state; contract issues are, unfortunately, also commonplace. 

Lack of Labor

Over the last five months, the nation has focused heavily on the overall shortage of construction contractors in the state of Texas. An article in U.S. News points out that, because so many homes saw damage and destruction after their exposure to the elements, a massive demand for construction has occurred in affected areas. Some residents are told they must wait a year or longer before they can return to their homes. The high number of damaged homes, along with a national shortage of carpenters, drywall installers, electricians and other industry professionals, have made the future look bleak in terms of recovery. Prices for materials have also risen in the past year, U.S. News adds. But Texas is not alone -- Florida is also experiencing similar construction challenges. 

Learning the Ropes

Resolve, a longtime partner with home improvement giant Lowe's, shares that issues with contractors are no new occurrence. Although the shortage of construction contractors in damaged areas may be inevitable, there are other types of contractor issues that future and current homeowners can watch out for. For instance, when it comes to home damage, most homeowners work with a contractor to develop a budget for repairs. Resolve encourages homeowners to research for multiple quotes before becoming locked into a specific plan. Other concerns to be aware of are those regarding cost -- if a restoration fails to address the initial problem, homeowners may decide to discuss further planning with contractors or seek alternative solutions altogether.   

 

 

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