Use the tools specific for building new or remodeling to start exploring the possibilities of your new home or home improvement project. Our toolbox also offers these great resources:
- A searchable online directory has just under 800 building industry professionals waiting to serve you!
- Tips on how to choose a quality contractor and a checklist to help you “do your homework.”
- Information on copyright infringement and what you need to know before developing plans for your new home or remodeling project.
- Links to great websites that feature information specific to home building or remodeling:
- Sign up for “HouseKeys.” Designed exclusively for consumers, it includes helpful household hints and tips from the professionals, as well as the latest in home building techniques, design concepts and new ideas for your house.
- Find out what you can afford by using the buyer’s cost statement, amortization schedule and loan application checklist in our Membership Directory & Consumer Guide on pages 152-156.
- Consider insurance needs for your new home by reading page 158 in our Membership Directory & Consumer Guide.
- Read about local incentives* and programs for building in pages 160-161 in our Membership Directory & Consumer Guide.
- Wondering where to live? Read a summary of local development* options in the F-M metro area: page 166 in our Membership Directory & Consumer Guide.
- Look to build Green? Look for an Energy Star certified home builder. One place to learn more about what you should look for in a Green home click here.
* Please note, the information on housing incentives and developments in the Membership Directory & Buyer's Guide encompasses Dilworth, Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo. Links directly to F-M metro jurisdictions' websites and other communities offering housing incentives are below.
- Considering doing it yourself? Take a look at these questions to determine if your project requires a professional.
- Find out how to maximize your return on investment with a remodeling project.
- Take a look at local incentives and programs for remodeling by reading page 163 in our Membership Directory & Consumer Guide.
- Check out members of the HBA of F-M’s Remodelers Council, a subset of the HBA of F-M’s membership that is committed to education broader consumer awareness of the remodeling industry and charitable projects.
HBA reminds consumers to use local, licensed contractors
Now that the summer construction season is here, Home Builders Association of F-M offers resources to help members of the public choose a qualified contractor. In general, local contractors have a history working in the area, have built a list of references, and will be around to service warranties or problems that may arise with projects.
“With our extraordinary weather and the additional energy efficiency incentives out there, it is more important than ever to make sure you are using a local, licensed contractor,” says Bryce Johnson, HBA of F-M executive vice president. “Out-of-town contractors come with every major storm or construction opportunity. While some of those companies are legitimate, sometimes they are not licensed and are difficult to track down if any future issues arise. Many times these outside contractors are just trying to make a quick buck and move on to the next place.”
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