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As a remodeler in a state without licensure for contractors, I could not imagine not having a professional remodeling association membership. Although as a state, we are rich in natural resources, and agriculture, our population is relatively small and we have a conservative leaning tradition of being the state that “loves exercising its God given rights.” In other words, (doing whatever the hell we want to without government interference)
Here in Idaho, all we need is contractor registration and proof that at that moment, that you had workman’s compensation insurance, general liability insurance, and $25 annually. We are grouped in there with hair dressers and morticians. Complaining to the registration board is equivalent to peeing into the wind.
Plumbers, electricians, and heating and air conditioning contractors are licensed by the state, why aren’t contractors mandated to be licensed? I suppose it is incumbent upon the client to make good choices about who they hire. It seems like an unnecessary risk that our government is exposing us to. Any Tom, Dick, or Harry who wants to, can consider themselves a remodeling contractor. This speaks volumes to the sketchy credibility my chosen profession has.
Having a professional affiliation takes much of the guess work out of the equation.
My chapter of NARI is an essential organization to belong to. Vetting by the board of directors includes background checks, dues to be paid, and a robust code of ethics that must be adhered to.
There are other building associations with national ties, but I feel this one is right for me. Anyone interested in joining should reach out for a pep talk.
Benefits of Belonging:
- Access to other professionals in the industry
- Continuing Education at monthly meetings and online
- Access to new techniques and best practices
- Topical safety alerts
- Mentorship opportunities
- Certification recognition
- Participating with other remodelers on charitable projects for our community.
- Access to other chapters throughout the country
- Maintaining Workman’s Compensation and General Liability accountability.
If accountability and professionalism are what you are looking for in a remodeling contractor there are a lot of avenues to investigate and make wise choices, one of the best ways is to verify that the contractor you select is a member of NARI.
Levco Builders is a proud, card carrying NARI member #12553829 since 2007
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