‘Scaffolding for all’: Why Americans can’t afford the tools to build their own homes
Scaffolding and other construction accessories are increasingly available to Americans, and a new report from the Federal Housing Finance Agency shows how Americans are not getting the tools they need to build or maintain their own home.
According to the study, the average person uses around $3,500 worth of scaffolding and the typical homeowner uses around one-third of that.
It says there are more than 6 million Americans who cannot afford to build a home and there are 2.3 million who can’t get the tools and materials they need.
The report, titled “Scaffold: Building a Better Home,” says that the majority of Americans who do not have access to the necessary scaffolding need help to construct their home.
In addition to the cost of scaffoldings, it also notes that the average cost of a home remodeling project is $9,000 and that the number of Americans living in poverty has doubled since 1990.
In the case of the average home remodel, an average homeowner would need to spend between $1.8 million and $5.3,000 on scaffolding, the report says.
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The report does not offer estimates for the cost and the percentage of people who need to purchase scaffolding.
The bureau also said it was aware of concerns over the costs of scaffolds, adding that it would be “important to conduct a thorough and robust review of scaffolded-related costs before we make a final determination of how to best allocate funds.”
The Federal Housing Administration says it will continue to work with the government to address the affordability of scaffOLD.