NARI NewsWatch
Jul. 8, 2015

A successful website needs a blueprint
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
If you aren’t completely happy with the way your current website looks, or if it is not helping you to get more business, it may be time for a website redesign. Guest blogger Lorraine Hart provides some basic tips regarding the planning process for your site. More

Taskforce members wanted
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
Interested in industry-related technologies or the workforce of the future? Applications are now being accepted to serve on two new NARI taskforces: Technology Assessment and Workforce Development. More

DOL proposed overtime regulations webinar
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
Is your business model ready for overtime pay protection and the new proposed rules from the Department of Labor? Our lobbyists’ law firm, Greenberg Traurig, is offering a complimentary webinar on Tues., July 14, 12:30-1:30 ET that will discuss the proposed rules and how they may impact your company’s policies, practices and its business model. More

Virtual UDCP Prep Course begins next week
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
NARI’s Universal Design Certified Professional (UDCP) prep course addresses the concepts of Universal Design: client’s needs assessment, design applications, construction techniques, electrical systems and plumbing systems. The virtual class will start on July 14 and run every Tuesday for four weeks; 2-4 p.m. CT. For more info, contact Cindy Foley. More

Register today for the Chapter Executive Training event
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
NARI’s Chapter Executive Forum is hosting its biennial training event for all Chapter Executives, July 22-23 in Chicago (Des Plaines). This two-day learning and sharing experience is designed to address the many different “hats” all NARI Chapter Executives wear on a daily basis. More

Save big with FCA's On The Job allowance
FCA US
Get a special $500 cash allowance toward the purchase or lease of many of the most popular vehicles in the FCA US lineup: Chrysler®, Dodge®, Jeep® and Ram® and the FIAT® 500L. NARI members and their employees can combine this stackable $500 cash allowance with most current retail incentives and choose an On The Job program allowance. More

What's driving home improvement?
Qualified Remodeler & Houzz
Hear the results from an annual Houzz survey that queried more than 250K consumers on the topics of home remodeling & design. This free webinar, moderated by Patrick O’Toole from Qualified Remodeler, takes place this Thurs., July 9 at 2 p.m. ET (1 p.m. CT, Noon MT; 11 a.m. PT).More

Inventive remodelers
Professional Remodeler
Thomas Edison reportedly said that genius is 1 percent inspiration, and 99 percent perspiration. As a prolific inventor with more than 1,000 patents to his name, he would have known. The remodelers-turned-inventors profiled here have all lived Edison’s adage. They each had an aha moment, followed by years of sweat equity and tens of thousands of dollars of investment. Most had no idea of the persistence it would require to bring their dream to market.More

How Judge Judy taught me to be a better remodeler
Remodeling Magazine
Is your guilty pleasure watching Judge Judy? She’s the no-nonsense judge who puts people in their place. And there are a lot of both small and larger remodelers that have felt her wrath. The first thing that becomes obvious is that when someone is asking for money in exchange for a service, whether it is dog walking, haircuts or handymen, what is in writing is most important. More

Construction curveball? Don't forget the change order
The Orange County Register
It’s just a piece of paper, often only one sheet, and different companies write it up different ways. Yet when needed, the change order could prove the only thing that stands between you and hundreds or thousands of dollars worth of misunderstanding — or worse, unauthorized work that inflates the price of a project.More