NARI NewsWatch
Feb. 18, 2015

Kitchen and bath upgrades leading remodeling recovery
By Michael J. Berens
Attendees at this year's KBIS had a lot to celebrate — new products, new technologies, lots of industry presence and, most of all, an encouraging forecast for the year to come. At its annual address, the National Kitchen and Bath Association reported that the state of the industry is "excellent." That positive note received further confirmation the following week from the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University.More

An amazing 10-word email that revives dead remodeling leads
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
Kyle Hunt, from Remodel Your Marketing offers tips on "An amazing 10-word email that revives dead remodeling leads." More

Looming shortage in skilled trades challenges remodeling industry
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
If we don't stem the looming shortages in trade jobs, the availability of remodeling services will become harder to secure warns David Fantle, executive director of NARI’s Milwaukee chapter. More

JLC LIVE New England
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
JLC LIVE New England, in addition to exhibitors, offers four days of educational conference programming featuring sessions on business, construction techniques, sales and marketing, technology and production. NARI National will be exhibiting at JLC LIVE New England, March 20-21 in Providence, Rhode Island. As a benefit, NARI members can attend the exhibit hall for free by entering the code, NARI. More

NARI Question of the Week
National Association of the Remodeling Industry

Your Safety Manual Webinar on Feb. 19
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
NARI will conduct a webinar on developing a safety program and manual for your residential construction company (1 CEU) with Mark Paskell on Feb. 19 at 12 p.m. CST. For more information and to register click read more.More

NARI landing page and Porch Dashboard
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
Wondering how many homeowners are searching for you? After claiming your free Porch profile you can check out your new analytics dashboard — like NARI member Blair Construction, LLC — to find out and also gain valuable insights to help your business get found by more homeowners. Learn more.More

OSHA's proposed silica rule
Professional Remodeler
NARI members, David Merrick and Mark Paskell talked with Professional Remodeler about OSHA’s proposed silica rule. More

Home shows done right
Professional Remodeler
NARI Officer Dale H. Contant, and David Fantle, executive director NARI Milwaukee, provided tips about “Home shows done right.”More

Chrysalis Awards for Remodeling Excellence entries due March 27
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
The Chrysalis Awards for Remodeling Excellence entries are due March 27. The awards cover 28 categories of residential and commercial remodeling, and winners are selected for each of four geographical regions of the country. For more information, click read more.More

Rebuilding Together donates modular home to veteran
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
In his application for a new home, a young veteran named Zahid wrote that owning his own home would mean that he would finally be able to fully provide for his family. “It’s my way of showing them my love and appreciation for everything they do to help as a wounded veteran.”More

In Los Angeles, vintage houses are giving way to bulldozers
The New York Times
For 50 years, the science fiction writer Ray Bradbury lived and wrote at 10265 Cheviot Drive, a bright yellow stucco home built in 1937 that is tucked away on a winding street in an eclectic and charming, affluent neighborhood on the west side of Los Angeles.More

Trends in home remodeling fuel dreams of upscaling livability
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Air-injected shower heads are a terrific water-reducing trend. When this performance-meets-conservation technology first started showing up a few years ago, the selection was minimal. Now, they’re available from numerous brands.More

What to look out for in construction contracts
By Nate Budde
Construction contracts are often lengthy and complicated documents. Despite the fact that these agreements form the foundation for the relationship between the signing parties, the fact that they are so voluminous means that they are rarely thoroughly examined. Since attorneys are expensive, and not every construction industry participant has in-house counsel, construction participants can help themselves by knowing some of the key things that they may wish to look out for.More

2 essential rules most salespeople forget
There is one thing that customers definitely don't want: More information. For the past 40 years, every sales trainer and guru in the world has been teaching some variation on "solution selling." As you're probably already aware, solution selling consists of solving a customer's problem rather than selling the customer a product. You ask questions to find out what's really needed and then propose a solution to satisfy those needs.More