Welcome to the Chattanooga Remodelers Council
The Remodelers Council of the Home Builders Association of Greater Chattanooga is the voice of the remodeling industry.
The Chattanooga Remodelers are a group of professional remodelers and associates who adhere to a Code of Ethics put forth by the National Association of Homebuilders.
The Chattanooga Remodelers are all members of the Home Builders Association of Greater Chattanooga that have a special interest in remodeling. These professionals comprise of a variety of residential and light commercial remodeling specialists and suppliers. A few examples would include design/build firms, home improvement contractors, kitchen and bath specialists, as well as specialized installers such as closets, windows, and siding or insulation companies. Lenders are also members of the NAHB Remodelers.
Whether you are a professional wanting to join our association, or a home owner looking for a remodeling professional, we invite you to browse through our site and learn more about the Chattanooga Remodelers and our dedication to the remodeling industry.
- We are… the largest and only group for remodeling professionals in Chattanooga and Hamilton County.
- We are… made up of members from many different companies who benefit from being part of a trade association. This is the best place in Hamilton County for remodeling professionals who desire to benefit from networking with others in the industry.
- We are… the Remodeler’s Council of the Home Builders Association of Greater Chattanooga(“HBAGC”). We meet in the HBAGC building located on South Access Road near the intersection of Hwy. 153 and Amnicola Highway at the dam.
Networking with other remodeling contractors and associates who can give you all kinds of resources, leads and referrals to increase your business. You can learn from the experience of others and make connections in all aspects of Hamilton County’s remodeling industry. You probably already know some of the members.
National Conventions and Seminars
National conventions and seminars are available to members of the Council. You will have access to the latest and best resources in the nation on every aspect of how to run a profitable, efficient and quality remodeling business. You will learn how to increase your business, take care of your customers and stay ahead of the competition.
Awards and Credentials
Awards and credentials are given to members that assume leadership and demonstrate high business performance. Members that receive public recognition, publicity and credentials that will demonstrate to your customers, and your potential customers, that you are a quality remodeler.
Speakers on many different aspects of building and remodeling are invited to our meetings to educate our members. We strive to improve the knowledge we have of remodeling techniques so that we can serve our customers better.
Chattanooga remodelers represents and serves the interests of its remodeling industry members.Chattanooga remodelers are committed to improved management and technical competency of remodeler members, excellence in service to the consumer, and effective government representation of remodelers’ interests at the federal, state, and local levels.
Working in partnership with locally-organized Remodelers Councils at more than 150 NAHB-affiliated state and local builders’ associations, Chattanooga remodelers provides information, certification, education, and recognition programs geared to keeping remodeler members competitive.
Benefits of Membership
With industry-leading programs in education, networking, marketing, advocacy, and recognition of excellence, Chattanooga remodelers gives you the tools you need to build your remodeling business.
Some benefits of membership include:
Training for a competitive edge. Throughout the year, the council offers a variety of education programs on all aspects of the remodeling business. It also sponsors the Certified Graduate Remodeler (CGR) designation and the Certified-Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) designation
Networking to strengthen your connections. Remodeler 20 Clubs offer a unique, personalized learning experience. Modeled on NAHB’s highly successful Builder 20 Clubs, the Remodeler 20 format brings together a maximum of 20 remodelers from non-competing markets twice a year to learn from one another. NAHB’s Board of Directors meetings, held three times a year, also give remodelers the opportunity to join their peers to discuss industry issues and shape future NAHB Remodelers activities.
Marketing and promotion to boost your bottom line. Throughout the year, Chattanooga remodelers coordinates an extensive program of media, public relations, and marketing designed to build the image and awareness of members and the remodeling industry. Remodeler members receive a free lisiting in the Online Directory of Professional Remodelers, a resource available to consumers for finding local remodelers. Additionally, NAHB Remodelers promotes May is Remodeling Month with a public relations campaign.
Advocacy to make your voice heard. As a department within one of the country’s most influential trade associations, Chattanooga remodelers members have access to the country’s best advocacy at the local, state, and national levels.
Information to keep you at the forefront of industry developments. A free subscription to the RENews members-only e-newsletter, and resources on NAHB’s members-only web site keep you in touch with the remodeling industry.
How big is the industry?
- NAHB estimates that Americans spent $235 billion in home remodeling in 2007, up from $233 billion in 2006.
- Remodeling accounts for 2% of the U. S. economy and 40% of all residential construction.
- Do-it-yourself accounts for approximately 27% of all expenditures.
- Remodeling is expected to overtake new home construction by dollar volume within the decade.
NAHB research has found that 91% of remodelers report Baby Boomers (aged 41-64) as clients, compared to 26% for Gen X (aged 30-40), 13% for Seniors (aged 65+), and 2% for Gen Y (under 30).
President Henry Tipton, Henry Tipton Construction,LLC
Vice President Sean Martin, Professional Handyman
Sec/Treasurer Stuart Gaines, New Blue Construction
Should I use a Remodeling Contractor for my remodeling project or should I contract it out myself? Should I use an unlicensed “contractor” that gives me a low price?
Many times, people try to save money by looking for a shortcut in their remodeling project by being their own contractor, or hiring an unlicensed “contractor”. Often, this effort backfires and the homeowner ends up with a higher costing and poorly built remodeling project. Here are a few reasons to hire a licensed remodeling contractor to remodel your home.
Building a home is a full time job.
Most people work. Trying to complete a remodeling project over the phone while at work or after hours is a bad idea. It is axiomatic in the building industry that you get what you pay for. A corollary to this maxim is that before you pay for work, you better inspect it for quality and completeness. You simply can’t do this if you have another job.
Knowledge of subcontractors.
A licensed remodeling contractor will know which subcontractors do quality work at a fair price. As a practical matter, most of these subcontractors have no business presence to the general public. If you try to use the phone book and yellow pages to find subcontractors, you will find the names of only a small segment of the quality subcontractors that can work on your house. The likely result is that you will pay more than you should.
Proper Pricing and Quality.
Even if you are lucky enough to find quality subcontractors, how will you know much to pay? How will you know whether the work is done properly? Can you distinguish good framing carpentry from poor carpentry? Masonry? Electrical wiring? Will the work pass inspection? A licensed remodeling contractor knows what good work is and what it should cost.
Proper Building Techniques.
A licensed remodeling contractor knows the procedures involved in completing your project, including the order of operations, proper building techniques, and proper materials. It is highly doubtful that someone with no license, training or building experience will be able to efficiently schedule and complete your project, no matter how simple it looks.
Insurance and Warranty.
A licensed contractor is required by law to provide workers’ compensation insurance to insure against any jobsite injuries. Homeowners and unlicensed “contractors” are not. If there is no insurance on the job, you could suffer catastrophic losses if an injury occurs. A reputable licensed contractor will provide all necessary insurance, as well as a written warranty on your entire home that will require him or her to repair or replace any defective work or materials.The best course of action is to hire a reputable licensed contractor to remodel your home. Names of such contractors can be obtained from the Home Builders’ Association of Southern Tennessee, as well as from your friends who have recently had remodeling done on their homes. Contact some licensed remodelers, ask for references, and set up some meetings. You’ll be glad you did.
Remodeling your home can be quite the adventure; however, remodeling your home can be quite the nightmare as well. Below are some topics to read and give guidance when considering a remodel project whether large or small. This does not promise all your remodel projects will turn out to be the great adventure you had hoped, but you will at least go into a project with somewhat of an idea to look for when considering a remodel project and especially when looking for a professional experienced Remodeling Contractor to do the job right with as little stress as possible for you and your family.
To join NAHB Remodelers, you must be a member of NAHB. Members join the NAHB Remodelers at the local level.
A lot of this content was written by the National Association of Home Builders. For more information, please visit their website at NAHB
Click here for a How to find a professional remodeler brochure.
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