NARI NewsWatch
Jan. 14, 2015

Current conditions reflect lower growth rates in remodeling industry
Woodworking Network
The National Association of the Remodeling Industry’s released its fourth-quarter Remodeling Business Pulse data of current and future remodeling business conditions that continue to point to growth. Currently 67 percent of remodelers nationwide are seeing growth compared to only 15 percent who are reporting declines.More

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

Check out NARI's redesigned website
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
We’ve remodeled our virtual home! Check it out and tell us what you think.More

Preparing your business for retirement
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
Like the sale of a home, first impressions are critical. Legal expert and NARI member Bryant H. Byrnes, Esq. continues his column on tips and techniques to prepare your business for sale at retirement.More

Attend IBS/KBIS 2015 at a discounted rate — register now
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
Just a reminder — As a member of NARI you can attend 2015 IBS and/or 2015 KBIS, Jan. 20-22 in Las Vegas, at a reduced rate. If you’re already planning to attend this mega event, email us at and we’ll have a special member appreciation gift waiting for you at the NARI Booth (#S2099). Register now.More

Visit NARI webinars
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
NARI has a library of more than 60 webinars that can be viewed at your leisure. Each webinar is worth 1 CEU. Visit NARI webinars to see a list of webinars on-demand. More

National Association of the Remodeling Industry
Congratulations to NARI members who recently became certified. More

NARI's UDCP virtual 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. More

The Home Depot's 2 percent rebate program
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
All NARI members in good standing can receive a 2 percent rebate directly from The Home Depot twice per year. You must be enrolled in the program with registered accounts you use to pay for items at The Home Depot (i.e. credit cards, checking accounts, and keytag accounts). More

2015 Fred Case Remodeling Entrepreneur of the Year Award
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
Thursday, Jan. 15 is the deadline to nominate someone (even yourself) for the 2015 Fred Case Remodeling Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Email name and contact information to and recognize leaders in our industry. More

2015 NARI Chapter Grant Program
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
Meet the winners of the new 2015 NARI Chapter Grant Program! More

The relationship curve: A different approach to marketing and sales
By Randall Craig
Have you ever felt that you were being "sold" to? Perhaps an over-the-top marketing campaign, or perhaps a slightly-too-pushy salesperson? If so, then you're not alone. The question, however, is why. And why do organizations so often encourage such off-putting activities? The main reason is because it works. But might there be another way to drive sales that is more aligned to how a prospect thinks? And might these other approaches be even more effective? The "relationship curve" client journey model provides some clues.More

The future of interior design and 2015 home remodeling trends: 'Fewer lines, less stress'
Now that we have had a few days to rummage around 2015, we have a better vision of what the new year may bring. Or do we? Homes & Gardens of the Northwest is asking design, decor and home experts what they foresee for 2015 ... and beyond.More

Construction payment structure and risk simplified
By Nate Budde
Construction projects have an interesting and unique payment structure. The credit-heavy nature and the routine, but unfortunate, lack of visibility throughout a project make payment issues of paramount importance for parties at both the top and the bottom of the payment chain. Historically, participants in the construction industry have had a remarkably challenging time getting paid (for those at the bottom of the payment chain), or properly controlling payments (for those at the top). And, because the construction industry is a credit-heavy market, it is easy to see why.More

4 goals every small-business owner should set in 2015
Whether it’s saving more money, eating healthier or spending more time with family, now is a time for making changes to improve upon our happiness. This applies to businesses too. As we settle into 2015, it’s the perfect time for small-business owners to reevalute old processes and implement new ideas for a happier and more productive year ahead. More