Professional Home Building and Remodeling with a Member Make a Difference
Judie Docs, Executive Officer, North Coast Building Industry Association (NCBIA)
CSP, MCSP, CGP, CMP, MIRM
With more time spent at home in the past few years and many having home offices, many people are thinking about buying or remodeling their home. Purchasing a new home or modernizing an existing home is an investment in time and money. A home builder or remodeler with a designation or one that belongs to a home building association can ensure your working with a professional that is committed to staying up to date with the latest technology, building methods and business practices.
Throughout the month of March, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) celebrates National Designation Month. Through NAHB, members of the residential construction industry can earn professional designations. A building professional with a designation has dedicated time to learn about a specific building area of interest.
For example, choosing a professional who has earned the Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) designation ensures that your remodeler will know how to address common age-related barriers. They will modify your home so that you, or an elderly resident of your home, will be safe and comfortable. Common modifications include widening the doors to accommodate wheelchairs or other mobility aids and installing shower bars to improve safety.
Another sought out designation by homeowners is a Certified Green Professional (CGP). Experts with this designation are builders, remodelers and other industry professionals who have learned how to incorporate green and sustainable building principles into homes without driving up the cost of construction. CGPs are trained in design and construction practices to optimize energy efficiency, indoor and outdoor water conservation, improve indoor environmental quality, and select sustainable building products.
Professionals with builder or remodeler designations offer years of experience, the right tools, a network of suppliers and subcontractors, and an in-depth understanding of legal regulations, cost estimating, scheduling, and the latest construction techniques and materials.
We are your local not-for-profit trade association representing member companies involved in all aspects of home building, remodeling, and other aspects of services available to help you in the future as well as more information on the above topic. So, you can see it is for your protection that you use a NCBIA member. If you are unsure that your contractor is a member of the NCBIA or you are looking for a list of NCBIA members, you can visit our website at www.ncbia.com or call 440-934-1090. We also have a job posting board (under the Industry tab).
Visit our 24/7 Virtual Parade of Homes!!! Allows you to look at some of our builders’ new homes and communities on your mobile device or computer at your leisure (including our remodelers) We know time is our greatest asset and via our NCBIA Virtual Parade of Homes, we save you time looking for a new home or a community that fits your lifestyle. The Virtual Parade of Homes is open online 24/7. Many of the homes featured in our Virtual Parade host regular open house hours for those consumers who are looking to tour the actual homes. You can click through to builder websites to see what they have to offer.
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