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Contractors, Beware of License Number Identity Theft!

The NARI website has an important article about a new kind of identity theft that has already affected a number of contractors: license number identity theft. With the public display of contractor’s license numbers required in many states, some unscrupulous folks are taking advantage of this and causing fraud trouble for good contractors.

You can read more of this article here: Contractors be aware of license number identity theft

Merkley Amendment Not Part of Health Care Bill Thanks to NARI Members!

A great update from NARI about the Merkley Amendment being taken out of the final draft of the health care bill!

From the NARI newsletter:

With vote on the bill imminent, NARI reissued a Call to Action in early March urging NARI members to again voice concern and opposition to the Merkley amendment, which unfairly mandated remodeling/construction contractors with five or more employees to provide health insurance coverage.  No other industry with this employee threshold was required to do so. On March 21, the House passed the bill, and we learned that the Merkley amendment had been removed from the bill prior to passage on the basis that enough elected officials heard from contractors who voiced opposition.  To our knowledge, NARI is the only association that identified this onerous amendment and expressed opposition.”

You can read the rest of the newsletter, concerning NARI’s appeal to the EPA to delay the implementation of the new lead rule here: NARI Leaders Deliver Appeal on Capitol Hill

Ramping Up For a Worthy Cause

Bennett Freedman representing National Lumber from the Newton location

National Lumber is proud to announce that it has joined its fellow EM-NARI members in an important community project. The Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of National Association of the Remodeling Industry (EM-NARI) brought the need before members and coordinated the efforts of members who supplied and built the project. On Friday, February 19, 2010, several building supply dealers and contractors donated their time and materials to construct a handicap-accessible ramp for a homeowner in Framingham who was just recently diagnosed with MS and is now wheelchair-bound. Before, Michelle & Richard (last name not disclosed) had only the most basic sort of ramp – literally a plywood board leaning on their backyard deck. Now, they have a proper ramp with graspable handrails that will last. The project was completed on Friday, March 5th.

A piece of plywood was completely inadequate

The following companies, all NARI members, pitched in for this worthy cause:

• T.P. Walsh Construction, Inc.
• Morrison Remodeling & Repairs
• Anchor Bolt Excavating
• Goodfellas Construction Mgmt. LLC
• Mason & Mason Insurance Agency
• D’Angelo Construction
• Dr. Warm
• Resource Options, Inc.
• J.W. Construction, Inc.
• F.D. Sterritt Lumber
• S & H Construction, Inc.
• J. Plante & Sons, Inc.
• MacGregor Building & Remodeling, Inc.
• National Lumber

New ramp under construction

National has done its part by donating special white graspable handrails, as well as the hardware necessary to install them. They are aluminum reinforced vinyl handrails manufactured by Fairway Vinyl & Aluminum (retail value $3,200) and enjoy the advantages of both the strength of metal and the maintenance-free benefits of vinyl. You can learn more about this code & handicap compliant product from the manufacturer’s page here: FAIRWAY 2″ SECONDARY RAILING

Michelle & Richard surrounded by EM-NARI members who built their ramp

Learn more about the EM-NARI (National Association of the Remodeling Industry – Eastern Massachusetts Chapter) project here in their March newsletter, and see the pictures on page 12.


UPDATE 3-25-2010 – See pictures of the finished product on our Facebook page here.

Shawn McCadden and NARI Seek Answers from the EPA

The renowned remodeling expert Shawn McCadden now has a section of his website dedicated to the EPA RRP situation. McCadden, Greg Antonioli of Out of the Woods Carpentry, and Mark Paskell of the Contractor Coaching Partnership are awaiting the EPA’s response to their questions. Be sure to visit the “News and Past Events” page on his website ( to keep up with the latest developments.

You can see his first post here: Eastern MA NARI Chapter tries to get their questions about the RRP answered by the EPA

New NARI “Tuffin’ It Out” Article

This week’s NARI “Tuffin’ It Out” article is an informative piece on Virtual Assistants (VA) and how they can help a small business owner to get help with important tasks while keeping costs down. Rather than hiring a full-time office assistant, the Virtual Assistant method allows for finding people with necessary specialized expertise such as newsletter writing, marketing or human resources knowledge, and paying only for the amount of time needed to perform a given task. Read the full article here: “Tuffin’ It Out: Virtually Solving Your Problems

Meet Success Face-to-Face

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry’s series “Tuffin’ It Out” continues this week with another success story. A remodeling expert has found that holding special social events at his company showroom is a fantastic way to meet with potential customers face to face.

Here is an excerpt:

Rick Bartelt has owned Bartelt-The Remodeling Resource for 26 years and continues to use face-to-face interaction with past, current and potential clients as the main driving force of business. “You cannot build a relationship with clients without the face-to-face contact, and social media and online interaction can’t beat a smile and a handshake,” he says.

To enhance your face-to-face meetings with clients seeking your services for a new kitchen, meet with them at a Kitchen Views showroom. Call 1-508-DESIGNS [508-337-4467] to arrange an appointment with a Kitchen Views designer. Our beautiful showrooms will provide inspiration and facilitate the design process. You can introduce them to the Kitchen Views designer they will work with on their project. It will give you the opportunity to show them cabinetry, countertop and decorative hardware selections. The designer will work closely with them on the details of their selections and provide you with the design plans. You then do what you do best, produce a beautiful kitchen.

Kitchen Views showrooms can also be the perfect place to hold a small social event. Call today to book the date you need at a showroom near you. Visit for more information.

Read more: “Nothing beats face-to-face interaction with clients

Forensic Consulting to the Rescue!

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry’s series “Tuffin’ It Out” continues this week with a new success story, “Forensic Consulting Pays Off.” This is a story about remodeling expert Von Salmi (Von Salmi & Associates) from Westminster, MA who discovered there was a tremendous market in helping homeowners who are having trouble with their homes, whether they are issues resulting from the test of time or, in some unfortunate cases, from contractors who made mistakes.

Here is an excerpt:

“All remodelers have received those calls from distressed homeowners who are having issues with their homes. There are only three reasons for these problems: natural causes, like wear and tear, natural disasters or a mistake made by the previous contractor. Either way, some of these instances are serious enough that they are the subject of expensive litigation. Before that happens, an expert must assess the source of the problem, a service that continues to be in demand.

Von Salmi, principal of Von Salmi and Associates, fell into this line of work (known as construction forensic and expert witness testimony) by way of a past client.”

Read more here: “Forensic Consulting Pays Off

“Tuffin’ It Out”

Even with the economy struggling, there is still building going on. It’s all about discovering just the right opportunities: find a niche, serve the need.

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry has a great series of articles “Tuffin’ It Out” about NARI members in the construction industry finding new and innovative ways to grow their businesses in this struggling economy. One remodeler has added consulting to his business model, assisting homeowners in assessing their remodeling needs, a service more important than ever in a world where homeowners need to know just what they need. Read about it more here: “Consulting Adds Profit, potential for more work

How are you “Tuffin’ It Out”? We’d love to hear about it.

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