NARI NewsWatch
Jul. 30, 2014

Strong remodeling spending to slow pace heading into 2015
Growth in home improvement activity is expected to peak during the second half of 2014 and then begin to ease heading into next year, according to the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity released today by the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. Revised estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau show the home improvement market grew 5.6 percent in 2013. For 2014, the LIRA projects annual gains in home improvement spending of 9.9 percent with annual growth slowing to 7.0 percent in the first quarter of 2015.More

Have you responded to NARI's Call to Action on Silica?
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
OSHA's Occupational Exposure to Crystalline Silica rule is deemed a major rule that will have a significant impact on the economy. According to comments submitted by OSHA's small business review panel, the rule would impact approximately 900,000 small-business owners, cost between $3 billion and $4 billion, nationally, in lost personal income and would eliminate between 60,000 and 130,000 jobs. Many of these jobs would be in the construction, manufacturing and retail trade.

For a 10-employee residential remodeling firm, the cost of the proposed rule would be approximately $35,000 or about $3,500 per employee. Costs vary by industry and firm size.

Although NARI is supportive of measures to insure the safety and welfare of our members, their employees and clients, this rule is far more restrictive than required.

On August 18, NARI will be part of a coalition (the Construction Industry Safety Coalition), which will be submitting final comments to OSHA on the proposed silica rule. After this August 18 deadline, OSHA will be working to finalize the regulation. NARI needs you to write your congressional leaders, asking them to reach out to OSHA in opposition of this rule.

It is essential that as many NARI members as possible weigh in with their elected officials NOW before the rule is complete. As currently proposed, this Silica rule has the potential to be more far reaching, and more costly, than the residential lead paint rule. If you have not yet taken action, follow this link to do so. You’ll be asked to provide a paragraph about your company at the end of the pre-written note. More

Use your former clients to draw referrals
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
Do your former clients know you're still in business? Creating a process to reach out to former clients is key to keeping the word-of-mouth referrals going. Consider using a survey as one of the tactics to not only gather feedback about your company but to also provide you with possible marketing messages. And don’t forget about those prospects that might have fallen through the cracks. Read more here.More

Don't miss NARI's Leadership Summit
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
NARI is hosting the 2014 Fall Leadership Summit September 18 & 19 at The Benson Hotel, Portland, OR, and you won’t want to miss this event. As a key stakeholder in the NARI community, we know you’ll appreciate the speakers and topics we’ve lined up for our fall session.

NARI National will provide reimbursement of up to $1,000 ($500 each, for up-to two chapter attendees) directly to NARI chapters.

Our goal is to help NARI Leaders:

NARI National Members will also find value in these sessions, as well as the opportunity to network with NARI chapter leaders from across the country. And besides critical learning, we’ve built in some FUN!

For more information, to register, and to book hotel accommodations, go to our event page.More

EPA certification renewal date coming up in 2015
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
NARI wants members to start thinking about renewing the Environmental Protection Agency lead-certified renovator certificate to work on pre-1978 homes. For those who received the certification in the first year of the Lead Renovation, Repair & Painting program, 2015 is the renewal year of that five-year certification. In order to get renewed, remodelers will have to take a refresher course. Currently, that includes hands-on training, although the EPA is looking into removing that requirement.

If you are working in one of the following states — Alabama, Delaware, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, Utah, Washington or Wisconsin — you will need to check with your state-specific programs, using the hyperlinks included.

If you are a certified lead renovator — either through EPA or the state — don’t forget to send NARI a copy of your certificate to be listed as a certified lead renovator on the NARI website. You can e-mail it to or fax it to (847) 298-9225.

For more information on the EPA’s LRRP program, to find a trainer or to download materials to share with your customers, visit the EPA’s website. More

Save the date for upcoming certification prep programs
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
As we approach the end of summer, it’s time to start planning for NARI’s fall certification prep course line-up. These courses will prepare you to take the certification exam of your choice for the Dec. 12/13 test dates.

Sept. 8: This 12-week prep course for the Certified Remodeler (CR), Certified Remodeler Associate (CRA) and Certified Remodeler Specialist (CRS) will cover building codes and dealing with code officials, jobsite evaluation and looking for hidden defects or unknown conditions, business operations to create a successful business and more. This program takes place from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Central time. Click here for a prep program application.

Sept. 11: The 12-week Certified Kitchen and Bath Remodeler (CKBR) prep course will cover key financial indicators, various marketing tools to promote kitchen/bath-specific projects, jobsite evaluations, the roles of various trades and more. This course will run from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Central time. Click here for prep program application.

Sept. 17: The 12-week High-Performance Remodeling prep course addresses the concepts of Green Remodeling; building science, indoor air quality, renewable energy, deconstruction, energy conservation, and green process associated with building trades. This course takes place from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Central time. Click here for prep program application. This course fulfills the green education requirement to take the Green Certified Professional Exam.

Oct. 7: This eight-week Certified Lead Carpenter (CLC) prep course addresses project management techniques to help complete your project on time and on budget, the fundamentals of interpersonal communications with client and trade contractors, how to communicate with code officials and more. This program will run from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Central time. Click here for a prep program application.

Oct. 8: The eight-week Certified Remodeling Project Manager (CRPM) prep course addresses project cost management, communication, project planning, quality assurance, record keeping, and risk management. This course will take place from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Central time. Click here for prep program application.

Oct. 21: The four-week 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. This course fulfills the universal design education requirement to take the UDCP exam. This program will take place from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Central time. Click here for the prep program application.

For more information on NARI’s certification programs, visit our website. More

Register now for The Remodeling Show in October
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
New for 2014, Remodeling Show and DeckExpo will co-locate with JLC LIVE (R|D|J) in Baltimore this October to create the leading national trade mega-event for the remodeling, deck-building, and residential construction industries. R|D|J provides industry professionals with a vibrant exhibit hall with hundreds of the industry's top manufacturers, hands-on training and business education through our comprehensive conference program, and networking events and social functions that will help you expand your professional contact base as well as relax and kick-back with new and old friends.

NARI members receive a complimentary exhibit hall pass, valued at $35, when using the NARI code. To register for the show, click here. More

Call for Entrants: NKBA University's Inaugural Professional of the Year Contest
The National Kitchen & Bath Association has launched its inaugural NKBA U Professional of the Year, a contest recognizing the most driven in the kitchen and bath industry. Open to both NKBA members and non-members alike including designers, builders, remodelers, architects, dealers, manufacturers and representatives, as well as retailers, this cross-industry contest sets a new standard of excellence to help develop the very best professionals. Applications will be accepted through August 22 at

Finalists will receive travel, accommodations and a VIP pass to KBIS 2015 in Las Vegas to compete in the finals, where the winner will be awarded an all-expenses paid trip for two to Spain, courtesy of Cosentino, the contest’s Platinum sponsor.

For more information on NKBA U Professional of the Year, to apply or to refer a friend, visit

Trade show selling roundtable offered at Atlanta Chapter
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
Tues., Aug. 12, NARI Atlanta’s networking event will feature a roundtable on trade show selling in preparation for the Home Show in September. Learn how to best utilize your time and maximize your results at the Home Show. Enjoy food, drinks and networking at Sub-Zero. The roundtable will start at 4:30 p.m., the meeting will take place from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. The cost to attend is $25 for members and $35 for non-members. For more information and to register, visit the chapter’s website. More

Learn about identity theft with Phoenix chapter
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
Mark your calendar for Wed., Aug. 13 and join Greater Phoenix NARI at ProSource from 5:45 to 8:00 p.m. as they learn about “Business Identity Theft” and what to do if your business falls victim to this crime. In addition, the Arizona Small Business Association will share what resources are available to NARI members. This event is free for NARI members and first-time attendees. Non-members are $25. Please RSVP by Aug. 11. For more information and for registration information, visit the chapter’s website.More

Network with NARI Houston
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
Join NARI Houston Tues., Aug. 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the chapter’s newest meeting location, The Tasting Room—Uptown. Texas Department of Insurance will present “TDI and Windstorm Damage Rebuild.” This cost to attend this meeting is $25. For more information and to register, visit the chapter’s website.More

How to attract the best employees to your small business
Small Business Trends
What type of company culture and environment is most desirable for job seekers? Recent research by iCIMS polled more than 400 job seekers to find out what they look for when seeking a job. Here’s some of what they discovered about how to attract the best employees to your small business.More

How the small compete with the big
The Huffington Post
Business owners focus most of their energy on growing their operation. Whether it's making the hottest new sandwich in town, growing a membership subscription base to their gym or creating the sexxiest blue jeans, small businesses owners are engaged in the hustle-bustle of daily operations. Large companies and organizations, however, devote resources to staying ahead of the curve. More

Company culture is a small business problem, too
As small businesses grow, company culture plays a more prominent role in their success, new research finds. Nearly 60 percent of entrepreneurs believe that company culture grows in significance as the number of employees at the business increases, according to a study from the office design firm turnstone.More

7 tips for more effective small business hiring
Small businesses added 75,000 jobs in January, according to payroll company Automated Data Processing. If things have been looking up at your organization, you may be eyeing a few new potential staff members as well. If you’ve been on the sidelines in the hiring game these past few years though, you might want to take a few moments to review some best practices for your expanding team.More

Instagram marketing tips for insta-success
BusinessNewsDaily via FoxBusiness
You may only think of Instagram as a place to edit and share snapshots of your fancy vegan lunch or your adorable new kitten, but the photo-sharing app can be highly useful when it comes to building your business's brand. "Social media, not only Instagram, is an incredible platform for people to use to drive more interest to their business," said Kayla Itsine, an international certified personal trainer and founder of The Bikini Body Training Co.More

5 steps to make your marketing pop in the age of the consumer
"The old rules don't work so well any more. Marketing is dead. Long live marketing." While being a bit dramatic, Seth Godin, in his book Purple Cow, wanted to make the point that today's marketing is not your father's marketing. Ray Kinsella, a character in the movie Field of Dreams, hears a voice in his cornfield tell him, "If you build it, he will come." More

12 reasons your sales results are plummeting
Sales & Marketing Management
Sales numbers are down and you're starting to sweat. As a sales manager, you must act quickly to turn things around when you first see the numbers dip. You need to diagnose the problems and make changes immediately so your team doesn’t fall short of the sales goal for the quarter or year. More

Internet marketing and selling small business style
Business 2 Community
Mike Brooks writes: I have published quite a few blog posts and podcasts about the importance of selling in your content and on social media. I believe that a small business should always be selling. This may run counter to what you may have heard about content. You may have heard some say you should give it away 80 percent of the time. Give 80 percent, take 20 percent. Or to never use social media to sell. More

Why don't construction companies use security as a matter of policy?
By Nate Budde
Companies in the construction industry are lucky. They have the ability to secure extensions of labor and/or material on credit built directly into the law and without the need to get approval from any other party. Companies in other industries would love this type of protection. Even so, most industries in which security is available use it as a matter of course, even if the security must be granted voluntarily. So, why doesn't the construction industry always use the security available to it?More

Why home remodeling spending is heating up
Investor's Business Daily
The harsh winter weather took some of the bloom off the rose in home remodeling as many homeowners postponed projects until the warmer months. Now that homeowners have thawed out, industry experts expect remodeling spending to heat up amid prospects for a brighter economy and jobs picture.More

Watch out for these 3 common electrical safety hazards
By Joe Tedesco
Proper electrical installations are a crucial part of any construction or remodeling effort — whether that's in the home, a commercial setting or a large industrial complex. However, it's not hard to find instances where shortcuts have been taken that violate electrical codes and safety. Here is a look at three such electrical safety hazards.More

Vacationing? 5 tech tools for managing your business
BusinessNewsDaily via FoxBusiness
Everyone needs to take a vacation once in a while, especially small business owners. As an employer, you may feel reluctant to take time off, however. It's difficult to relax on the beach or enjoy time with family when you're constantly wondering who will make sure everything runs smoothly while you're gone, or worse, how or if you'll ever catch up on emails when you return. More

How connected devices in the Internet of Things are about to change the world
Small Business Trends
Tech companies have been talking about connected homes for years — the Internet of Things — where appliances and accessories will be connected to the Internet. Have you thought about how a world with connected devices surrounding us would be? Have you imagined a home where household appliances and systems can automatically take action without your input?More

Big data: What small businesses don't understand
Confused about big data? You're not the only one. For most small business owners, big data is one big mystery. And if you don't understand big data, you probably also how no clue how this type of intelligence gathering works or how to start extracting valuable information from data sources you already have — which means your business is missing out on big opportunities.More