This post was inspired by Karen Rittenhouse: Protecting Your Property Rights
Karen's post got me to think about all the INTRUSIVE actions that are now taking place. She makes a point about how the bills 'sound' good but questions, are they?.
Yesterday I was out showing property and I saw quite a few homes made of brick. Quite common for the larger parcels being partioned and sold off as separate lots. It was common back in the day and allowed many buyers to own a small lot, and build on it. A lot of people opted to build brick houses. Quite a few of the house made of bricks can still be found in these neighborhoods.
Got me to think how, back in the day, a person who owned their own land could built a brick house. There are MANY of them still standing. I'm sure no one gave a shit rat's arse about it.
TRY BUILDING A BRICK HOUSE ON YOUR OWN LAND NOW! TRY BUILDING ANY HOUSE ON YOUR OWN LAND NOW. It's full of red tape.
Times were different then. A person's land meant just that . . . it was their's. Now we have every ordinance, zoning, enforcements imaginable. And more to come.
The latest: If you own a home and it's 1978 or prior, and if you want to do any sort of remodel, etc. contractors and subs have to have a "special certification."
Read Andi Grant's post, she sums it up nicely: Wait, Was the Handyman or Painter You Referred or Hired a Certified Renovator After 4-22-10 New Costly EPA Rules Apply
OMIGOSH -- what did SOCIETY do before the CERTIFICATION was mandated?!? HOW THE HELL DID WE SURVIVE it all??
I read on someone's blog that there are 38,000,000 properties that were constructed prior to 1978. I would imagine that over the years, of those 38,000,000 properties the majority have had remodeling done, repairs, upgrades . . . and ALL WITHOUT THE CERTIFICATE.
And by the way, were any of these 38,000,000 home owners EVER consulted or asked if they wanted to have this 'Certificate" mandate enacted? Now they're forced to hire the contractor who has the "special certifcicate." It's a threatening fine looming over their heads, or their contractors' if they don't, and want to do any type of remodel, etc. to their home.
Hmmm . . . how'd we survive that? But, now it's ever important for contractors to obtain this certificate. Otherwise, the big bad wolf will come in and huff and puff . . .