When I moved across the country for work, I had to find affordable housing

Working in the trades doesn’t always result in steady work and task security.

A lot of commercial construction is dependent on weather conditions swings and seasonal rapidly increasing temperatures.

It’s hard to work outside in subzero rapidly increasing temperatures, so there are naturally fewer building projects in the coldest months of winter. This is what it was always like for my father who’s a retired electrician. He had to anticipate the dip in work every year around the holidays, which is recognizably hard when you have young children at home. By the time I was in middle school, he started taking a minute task between November and January every year just to get us through the worst of the Winter time slog. I’m a carpenter and haven’t had better fortune in this frosty weather conditions. Last year I said to myself that I had enough of the Winter time instability, so I started looking for work in warmer weather conditionss. I decided to find places with lots of urban and suburban development. To ensure the best task stability, I wanted to find an area with a swelling population that is expected to have continued growth for the next decade or longer. When you work in the construction industry, you don’t have white collar privileges like corporate housing. If you transport for a new task position, you’re paying for your own travel and new residing accommodations. Thankfully I found the perfect city to transport to and was fortunate enough to find an open position with a home construction dealer. Once I found affordable housing in my new city, I started the long process of moving across the country.

 

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