NARI NewsWatch
Mar. 11, 2015

Affordable interior design pushes the remodeling industry forward
By Archita Datta Majumdar
The improving economy and a steadily growing housing market have contributed to the growth of the interior design industry, helping old businesses consolidate their finances and new ones to sprout up as well. Homeowners who held off major decisions about renovations have shown more enthusiasm in recent months. New home sales have also risen, and with them comes a demand for interior design that will help sell them faster. One particular trend that is manifesting itself strongly among all this growth is the rise of affordable designs.More

How I built my business
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
“I think the professional remodeling industry has been challenged with the advent of all the 'do-it-yourself' home shows on television,” says Bill Kalin, president, Kalin Construction. Read what steps Bill took to grow his Colorado–based business into a successful company with five employees. More

CotY coverage
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
NARI’s recent 2015 regional CotY awards are getting good press. Read “Creating a buzz around the 2015 CotY awards” for marketing tips and links to CotY news around the country. Click here to access individual and chapter CotY press release templates to promote your recent regional wins. More

NARI Question of the Week Results
National Association of the Remodeling Industry

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NARI in the News
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
USA Today’s Home and Garden 2015 special section appears March 13-14 and gives serious ink to NARI! Kevin Anundson, NARI National President, shares “There’s no place like home” on page 2 and a NARI ad directs consumers to find a NARI pro near them. In addition, NARI experts talk about “2015 top kitchen trends.” The special section has a distribution of 450,000 copies of USA Today, reaching more than 1.3 million readers. Print copies are distributed in New York, Philadelphia, DC/Baltimore, Chicago, Denver and the Carolinas.

NARI member George Edwards talked with the Pennsylvania Daily Intelligencer about Contractor law regulations fall short while NARI Atlanta Chapter Executive Director Jesse Morado discussed termite damage in, A-maze-ing journey, for PCT Magazine. The Milwaukee Chapter’s NARI Foundation was highlighted on WITI-TV for helping out local homeowners with a team of volunteers and $6,000.More

Marketing Forum Discussion
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
Whether you’ve won numerous awards or are curious about how other NARI members are getting media attention for their CotY awards, join us on our next Marketing Forum Discussion on Thursday, March 19 at 2 p.m. CST. Register in advance at marketing@NARI.org.More

Claim your free Porch profile
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
NARI and Porch.com have partnered to help connect homeowners to NARI professionals in their local area by providing business profiles and exclusive NARI members’ benefits. Porch.com is a data-driven home improvement network connecting homeowners to the right home professionals.More

HIRI expecting home improvement sales growth in 2015
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
According to the Home Improvement Research Institute (HIRI), home improvement product sales growth is expected to accelerate over the next two years, with 2015 forecasted to increase 5.7 percent over 2014.More

Value of major remodels slips as home prices soften
By Michael J. Berens
The cost of undertaking a major remodeling project increased last year, but the added value of those projects declined. That finding, from Remodeling magazine's 2015 Cost vs. Value Report, reflects a substantial drop in the overall rise of home prices last year (from 10.8 percent in 2013 to 4.8 percent in 2014). With the growth in prices expected to slow even further this year, homeowners looking to sell may begin to have second thoughts about undertaking high-priced projects for which they will get a poor return on their investment.More

How construction companies can maximize the benefit of the growing economy
By Nate Budde
It goes without saying that a strong economy is generally better than a weak economy. For construction companies, however, a growing economy can be fraught with peril. In fact, subcontractor failure rate is three times higher in a recovering economy than it is when the economy is stagnant. The savvy construction company, though, can avoid many of these pitfalls through technology. The many cloud-based tools available empower construction companies to get the benefits of the recovering economy, while avoiding the bad parts.More