Unemployed Construction Workers Find Green Jobs

November 8, 2017 Posted by kyu7

The economy is an ugly story that has gone on far too long. Unemployment brings the impact down to the real world level for many families. One of the areas hit the hardest is the construction business. During better times, the construction business provides jobs for millions of men and women, but the burst bubble of real estate and available financing has left little light at the end of the tunnel for this segment of society.

Like the poles of a magnet, every negative must have a positive. If so, we must find the positive side of things that we can survive and perhaps even thrive. Are there any positive left in the construction market? Some have noted that remodeling has gained in strength because people cannot sell their homes. Instead, they are more likely to remodel. Agreed, but the economy is crippling even this construction segment.

Looking over the landscape of miserable real estate news, I take note the REOs (Real Estate Owned) by banks have grown exponentially as thousands upon thousands of homes go abandoned, foreclosed, and repossessed. Throughout every community, there are homes sitting idle, and that is worthy of note.

Note also that banks were the recipients of billions of stimulus money. They aren’t hurting no matter what they claim. So, the second part of this puzzle is that we know that banks have money and they can pay their bills.

Here’s the third and most significant element to understand. These homes are liabilities! Everything from stagnant pools, broken pipes, squatters, and serious mold problems. During a recent tour of foreclosed homes, I saw more mold in homes than I can ever recall. This happens from unrepaired leaks, broken pipes, and unused ventilation systems. The problem is even worse in the south where warm and humid air is very prevalent.

Let’s put this together. There is a brand new market in distress as tens of thousands homes are threatened. We have trained professionals who could answer this need with a minimal amount of training. Finally, the banks holding these REO has a serious liability and the money to pay people to solve the problem. This is the positive side of a negative issue as far as I am concerned.

I’d like to interject that homes with mold are “Toxic Health Concerns” as pointed out by the EPA. Mold is a biohazard. And, since health is the quintessential Green issue; what we are talking about here is a modestly Green career choice. We know that various Green consultants will detoxify a home by replacing volatile cleaning chemical and other toxic products. Wouldn’t mold removal fall into the same genre? Obviously, we are looking at a Green program when health is at risk, and there is a way to remove the risk.

Since mold removal requires working on the building, tearing out the infection, and replacing the infected areas with new material; a construction person is perfect. Therefore, there is only a need to get some mold training and adjust the business to home renovation and mold remediation. Training for a certified mold technician can be found online, and it is not rocket science. Most construction people will pick these up in short order, and they often have most of the equipment that they need.

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