NARI NewsWatch
Jan. 21, 2015

NARI Question of the Week
National Association of the Remodeling Industry

Have you visited NARI’s new website?
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A new year — a new start
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
Management expert L. Ron Hubbard stated, “Never regret yesterday. Life is in you today, and you make your tomorrow.” NARI columnist Lorraine Hart looks at how this applies to each of us in 2015: A new year, a new start. More

Kohler presents KBIS recap on Jan. 27
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
Kohler will present a recap of its new products from the 2015 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in a free webinar on Tuesday, Jan. 27 from 12 to 1 p.m. CT. Register now.More

Still time to register for UDCP class
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
NARI’s Universal Design Certified Professional (UDCP) virtual class starts Tuesday, Jan. 27. The class is every Tuesday for four weeks 2-4 p.m. CT. Register now. More

New Certified Lead Carpenters
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
Three cheers for NARI’s newly certified members. More

Time is your most valuable asset ... Get more of it!
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
As a business owner you wear multiple hats and there just isn't enough time in a day. A recent survey showed which tasks take up the most time for owners like you. BizUnite & NARI are here to help you get your time back. More

Rebuilding Together names new COO and celebrates MLK
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
NARI extends a warm welcome to Sandra Brooks Henriquez, who was just named Rebuilding Together’s Chief Operating Officer. Rebuilding Together dedicates a week of service performing critical home repair in Lafayette, Louisiana, in honor of MLK Day of Service.More

Home remodeling costs rose 4.2 percent in 2014
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
The average cost of home remodeling projects went up about 4.2 percent in the United States last year, and some of the least expensive ones are likely to recoup the most if the house is sold, according to a new report. Remodeling magazine's annual Cost vs. Value Report compares changes in home improvement project costs with perceptions by members of the National Association of Realtors of what those projects contribute to a home's price at resale.More

Build your design business with a powerful Houzz profile
By Fred Berns
If Houzz.com is going to work for you, you need to put some work into it. That's one of the takeaways from a new report issued by representatives of this social media platform that connects homeowners with design and building professionals. The report — "Reputation Management: A Guidebook" — emphasizes the importance of presenting a extensive profile that "builds your credibility" and "helps prospective clients understand how you differ from your competitors." So what goes into an "extensive profile"?More

Remodeling: What pays, what doesn't
Richmond Times-Dispatch
Kitchens and baths top homeowners’ remodeling lists and add value to a home if done right — and if the house is in the right location. Even with remodels, real estate is still about location, real estate professionals say. Business conditions point to a slow, steady recovery, according to the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. Nationwide, 67 percent of remodelers said the market improved in the fourth quarter.More

3 consumer-centric trends your business needs to know
By Emma Fitzpatrick
Now that the New Year's bell has stopped ringing, predicted trends for 2015 are stepping forward to steal the spotlight. While your business is penning this year's goals, be sure you're moving in the right direction. In order to increase sales, customer acquisition and traffic, your business needs to be communicating with shoppers in the way that works best for them. Read on to learn the three biggest marketing trends to help you better connect with your customers and make 2015 the most successful year yet.More

Why there is no absolute formula for a great marketing plan
The Huffington Post
If you ask most small business owners or managers what their budget is they blanch on the spot, start to stammer and/or pull out their smartphone. Most have no real budgets of any kind, don't know how to create one or where to start. Many consultants, agencies have no real clue either about what's the right budget for your business.More