Archive for February, 2011

Why Should Your Remodeler be a NARI Member?

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

When you hire a residential home improvement contractor, you’re “handing over the keys” to a sacred space – your home. You trust your contractor to enhance your surroundings and enjoyment of your largest asset. You also rely on their solid knowledge of building techniques, design trends and best practices.

Shouldn’t the contractors you invite into your home be up-to-date and informed industry leaders – over and above the expected requirement of being licensed, bonded and insured?

We are members of the National Association for the Remodeling Industry (NARI) Metro DC because this group represents a segment of the remodeling industry that work together to raise the standards for the projects they create, their business practices and the remodeling industry as a whole.

Before being accepted into NARI Metro DC, contractor members must be working in the remodeling industry for at least one year and pass a thorough screening and ethics review process. NARI also maintains a member-run review board to ensure consistency. Hiring a NARI Metro DC membership assures you that you have an experienced firm committed to high quality and high ethics.

Additionally, NARI is committed to educating trade professionals through a variety of formats including classroom, web and hands-on training, publications and various programs.

For the last decade, NARI’s certification programs have provided the remodeling industry with a formalized standard for expertise, knowledge and ethical conduct among professional remodelers. Prized by members who have achieved designations, NARI certifications also provide you assurance by recognizing remodelers who have undergone detailed review and testing in areas of business management, ethical conduct and technical skills.

Additionally, we and many other members of NARI Metro DC are EPA lead certified, with more obtaining their certification every day.

For more information about NARI and what it means to you as a consumer, call me today at (301) 946-2356.

David Merrick

Ask Questions

Saturday, February 12th, 2011

Merrick Design and Build likes when you ask questions. Through your questions, we get to know you better and understand your perspectives, which will make your remodeling experience more productive and enjoyable.

If you don’t know what questions to ask before (or even during) your remodel, take a look at this informative article with a list of questions that’s posted on the NARI (National Association of the Remodeling Industry) National website: Most Asked Questions of Home Improvement Contractors.

Use this information as a guide and a tool when you work with us. And, feel free to share this article with friend who may be considering remodeling.

As always, our phone lines are open for your questions. Call me today at (301) 946-2356.

David Merrick

Most Asked Questions of Home Improvement Contractors

Training for Lead-Safe Remodeling

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

In September 2010, the EPA’s new Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule officially went into effect. Home improvement professionals were granted until December 31, 2010 to complete training on procedures to keep their clients and their workers safe.

To date, more than 500,000 individuals from 64,000 companies nationwide have received training. This is both the good news and the bad news. A lot contractors have been trained, but thousands still remained untrained.

Early on, Merrick Design and Build underwent the training (and advocated for its implementation) and we support fellow contractors who’ve also made their way through the eight-hour course. I continue to encourage contractors who are still untrained and got a chance to sound off with more thoughts on this topic in a recent article in the Journal of Light Construction.

I also continue to caution homeowners that lead paint is a real hazard, which places children at risk and should be taken seriously by contractors and homeowners.

Here’s some advice if you’re considering hiring a remodeling contractor: check to see if they’ve made the investment to be trained in lead-safe remodeling. It will give you insight on how they view their customers and their workers and indicate their support of the industry in which they work.

David Merrick