by Michael Dey | Sep 7, 2017 | Uncategorized
The Home Builders Association of Greenville’s fall Southern Home & Garden Show will be held at the TD Convention Center in Greenville, S.C., from Friday, September 15 through Sunday, September 17. The show will be open to the public and tickets will be available for purchase at the event. Admission will be $7 for adults, $5 for seniors (55+) and free for children 12 and under. Learn more at SouthernHomeandGardenShow.com.
“We’re excited to continue the 56-year tradition of producing South Carolina’s largest home and garden show with a variety of exhibits and updates, making it a must-attend event,” Bob Barreto, HBA of Greenville’s Board of Directors’ President, said. “This year we’ll be featuring a wide array of exhibitors and resources for everything from small DIY projects to full home renovations.”
The 2017 fall Southern Home & Garden Show is sponsored by Approved Professional Builder, Davis Services, Ingles, All About Flooring, Progress Lighting, The Home Depot, Ultimate Gutter Guard and American HomePride.
The show will feature the following exhibitions:
Approved Professional Builder Program
HBA of Greenville has developed an Approved Professional Builder Program that consists of reliable and vetted building professionals that homeowners can choose from when they are in need of service. APB representatives will be available for consultation at the event and builders interested in recognition may apply.
Ultimate Garage: I Want That! | Sponsored by Davis Services
Davis Services partners with fellow exhibitors to show event attendees how to create the ultimate garage. Demonstrations will occur throughout the show.
The Chef’s Kitchen | Sponsored by Ingles
Ingles’ celebrity chefs will showcase signature recipes and cooking techniques for show attendees. Cooking demonstrations will take place every hour, and include table setting and décor.
Kid’s Corner | Sponsored by The Home Depot
Kid’s workshops will teach children how to work with age-appropriate tools and how to build their own projects.
About the Home Builders Association of Greenville
The Home Builders Association of Greenville was founded on January 16, 1960. The association was officially organized and chartered as an affiliate of the National Association of Home Builders on that date in 1960. The association was formed so home builders and other professionals in the home building industry could work together and cooperate in promoting the industry, new homes, home remodeling, repairs and improvements, and other areas of interest to the home building industry. The association began with a few dedicated members and has grown to 350-member firms today. For more information, please call 864-254-0133, or visit http://www.hbaofgreenville.com.
by Michael Dey | Sep 1, 2017 | Uncategorized
By: Michael Dey, CEO, Home Builders Association of Greenville
Hurricane Harvey directed the bulk of its punch on Texas, and Irma is headed our way. However, Approved Professional Home Builders in the Upstate may not be free of the impacts of these hurricanes. Hurricane Katrina should be a guide to the potential impacts that Harvey may have in store for the Upstate in the coming weeks.
Fuel prices and availability
The first impact is already being felt, and may continue for days or weeks: gasoline availability and price. Half of the nation’s oil refineries are located in Texas and Louisiana, and they are all closed. As a result of the lack of flow, the Colonial Pipeline, the means by which gasoline is shipped to the Southeast from the Gulf Coast, has been closed also. This is the source of half of our state’s fuel. Gasoline prices have already jumped, and shortages may follow.
Building materials shortages
Following Katrina, building materials, particularly lumber and plywood, were in short supply for several months as these materials were diverted to devastated areas following Katrina. Approved Professional Home Builders can expect the same with Harvey and Irma. Texas and Florida get some of their lumber from the same suppliers as South Carolina. These suppliers are in Louisiana, Alabama, and Georgia.
If you are not using an escalation clause in your contract with your customers, you should consider using one. Your attorney can help you add one to your contract. Your Home Builders Association can provide you with a sample. Simply email eo@HBAofGreenville.com.
Another issue Approved Professional Home Builders experienced following Katrina was labor shortages as subcontractors traveled to hurricane-effected areas to help and in search of bigger pay days. No matter the reason, some of your labor may head to Texas and Florida to work on clean up and repair efforts there.
In a meeting yesterday with Federal Reserve officials, labor availability was front and center as the number one concern of business people in all industries. Labor availability is reaching crisis levels, and Harvey could be a catastrophe that pushes the labor problem for construction in the Upstate to a crisis situation.
Approved Professional Home Builders should plan for these contingencies, and prepare for the customers for possible delays in their projects.
by Michael Dey | Jul 28, 2017 | Uncategorized
By Bob Barreto, President
Home Builders Association of Greenville
Home buyers have the choice of two types of houses on the market: resale or new. Home buyers planning to buy a brand-new house or town home often cite, as factors driving their choice, energy-efficiency, open layout, a warranty, and being able to select appliances, flooring, and paint colors.
But builders say that buyers can be drawn to a new house for reasons that are not as obvious.
Building a Community Together
A new home often comes with a new community. When families move into a new community at the same time, lasting bonds of friendship and neighborliness are formed right away. Nobody is the “new kid on the block.”
New communities generally offer popular amenities like pools, walking trails and athletic courts. Some new communities are geared toward residents in the same stage of life. Whether you have a young family, or consider yourself to be an “active retirees,” you can find a community that meets your family’s needs.
Throwing a party in an older home can be a challenge because smaller, distinct rooms make it difficult to entertain guests. Most new homes offer larger, open floor plans ideal for entertaining. We have all heard that parties usually end up in the kitchen. What better way to solve that problem than to have your kitchen in the great room?
A Clean Slate
Parking your car in a sparkling-clean garage, or being the first to cook a dinner in a brand-new kitchen, is part of the appeal of new construction. In addition, you will not have to spend time stripping wallpaper and repainting to suit your style.
Outlets, Outlets Everywhere!
If you have ever lived in an older home, you know the challenges of having enough extension cords, and the concerns of connecting too many appliances to the same cord. Home builders had no way of anticipating the invention of the modern technology that we enjoy today. New homes can accommodate advanced technologies like structured wiring, security systems, and sophisticated lighting plans, and can be tailored to meet your individual needs.
Consult a New Home Sales and Marketing Professional
Buying a new home comes with its own set of challenges. For starters, your new home may not even be built yet. However, the important advantage of buying a new home is that you can tailor nearly every aspect of your new home to suit your family’s needs and lifestyle. For that advantage, you may sacrifice immediate availability.
There is a group of professionals in the Greater Greenville area who specialize in connecting home buyers with Approved Professional Builders to make that dream of a new home a reality.
Members of the Sales and Marketing Council of the Upstate work directly with Approved Professional Builders. They are uniquely qualified to help you with your new home quest. For more information about the SMC of the Upstate, visit HBAofGreenville.com/sales-and-marketing-council.html.
Hire an Approved Professional
When buying a new home, in addition to consulting with a member of the Sales and Marketing Council of the Upstate, ask your Home Builder if he or she is an Approved Professional Builder. For more information about Approved Professional Builders, visit HBAofGreenville.com/approvedprofessionalbuilder.html.
by Michael Dey | Jul 10, 2017 | Uncategorized
Milestone Custom Homes will construct the welcome center and model home in the new Hartness Community on the east side of Greenville. Milestone is one of four Approved Professional Builders in the Hartness Builder’s Guild, which includes Hollison Custom Homes, Dillard-Jones Builders, and Stoneledge Properties.
The Hartness Community is a 440 acre development near SC14 and Roper Mountain Road. The community will feature 180 acres of green space, 15 miles of trails connecting woodlands, lakes, streams, wildlife and shared recreational areas. Also included will be a clubhouse and wellness center, a resort-styled swimming pool, and a sports garden.
Source: GSA Business
by ShoesOptional | Jul 26, 2016 | Uncategorized
Houzz is a social media platform designed for consumers who want to build or remodel their home by bringing all of the experts in the industry together in one place. It allows builders, designers, realtors, etc. to reach potential clients by digitizing their portfolio, allowing for consumer and colleague reviews, and answering questions directly related to past or current projects.
Your Home Builders Association of Greenville has a partnership with Houzz that allows members access to special programs, and to verify their membership with the Home Builders Association of Greenville as well as the National Association of Home Builders on their Houzz profile.
If all of this sounds like gibberish to you, then you should strongly consider attending our Houzz University class on August 18th, where a Houzz professional will help you set up your profile. On the other hand, if you have a Houzz page already and want to learn how to improve it, you should attend the second class, Houzz Tips, Tricks, and Trends.
August 18th, 2016 at the Home Builders Association of Greenville office. The classes will be taught by a Houzz agent and sponsored by the Approved Professional Builder program. Pricing will be as follows: $13 for PWB and SMC Council members, $19 for HBA members, $25 for nonmembers.
7:30-9 a.m. – Houzz University, includes breakfast
9:30-10:30 a.m. – Houzz Tips, Tricks, and Trends, includes breakfast
11:30-1 p.m. – Houzz University, includes lunch