Judges needed for the HBA of Greater Columbia Remodeling Awards

The HBA of Columbia is looking for judges for their Remodeling Awards. They are looking for builders, remodelers, or designers to help judge, though any member is welcome. The judging will be Tuesday, May 20th. starting at 9 a.m. and conclude around 2 or 3 p.m. and lunch will be provided.

For more information or to help out please contact Bin Wilcenski at the HBA of Greater Columbia

NAHB Profiles Typical Remodeler

Have you wondered if your remodeling business is similar to others in the profession?  Did you know that NAHB conducts an annual census of Remodelers each year?

Click here to see the census data of single-family Home Builders at Eye on Housing.

Check out these selected details:

  • There were 11,986 Remodelers in 2011, down 7 percent from 2008.
  • The average revenue for a Remodeler was $586,234 in 2011
  • The median age of the Remodeler in 2011 was 54
  • 94 percent of Remodelers were male
In another report, NAHB found that the largest share of business for Remodelers comes from projects valued at more than $100,000.

Homeowners avoid expense of remodeling under lead paint rule

The costs of remodeling a home built before 1978 can increase by as much as 24 percent, the result of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Lead: Renovation, Repair, and Painting rule, according to the NAHB.

“Remodelers are finding that conducting renovation work in older homes has become more expensive under the lead regulation and that homeowners are reluctant to pay the increased cots,” said NAHB Remodelers Chairman Bob Peterson, CGR, CAPS, CGP, a remodeler from Fort Collins, Colo.

Responding to special questions in NAHB’s quarterly Remodeling Market Index (RMI) survey, many remodelers said they had estimated the price of remodeling projects with and without the lead rule requirements.  The percentage of price difference depended on the size of the remodeling project, with the smallest projects – less than $5,000 – experiencing the greatest cost increase at 24 percent.  As the project sizes increased, the overall costs of applying the lead rule fell.  At the high end, projects costing more than $100,000 had a 9 percent increase for lead rule requirements.

At least 65 percent of the remodeler respondents to the RMI survey reported that homeowners are taking actions to avoid the costs of the lead rule by attempting do-it-yourself work, looking for an uncertified contractor who would not comply with the lead rule, scaling back the size of planned remodeling projects, or deciding not to remodel at all.

“Remodelers want to protect vulnerable children from lead exposure, but we’re seeing that homeowners do not want to pay the costs for complying with the lead regulation,” said Peterson.  “A huge part of the problem is that homeowners with no children do not see the need to pay this expense.

Under the lead paint regulation, contractors disturbing painted surfaces in pre-1978 homes must obtain training and certification, distribute the Renovate Right pamphlet to homeowners, contain dust during the renovation, use lead-safe work practices, clean up after the project, and maintain detailed records.

According to the American Housing Survey, from the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Census Bureau, professional remodelers are hired to perform about 16.6 million projects per year in housing built before 1980.  The vast majority of these projects – nearly 13 million – are small, priced under $5,000.  This means that homeowners with small remodeling projects will experience the majority of lead rule expenses.

The total estimated costs for remodeling under the lead rule, including training, equipment, materials, and work hours, would reach as high as $10.5 billion per year if homeowners did not change their remodeling plans.

For more information on the lead rule, visit www.nahb.org/leadpaint or call NAHB at 800-368-5242.

NAHB: EPA will step up inspections, enforcement of Lead Paint Rule in 2012

The Environmental Protection Agency is relying on tips and has begun stepping up its inspections and enforcement of the Lead: Renovation, Repair & Painting (RRP) rule, an associate director with the EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance said at a free webinar hosted by the NAHB Remodelers on Dec. 14.

While only three lead-paint rule enforcement actions were taken during fiscal 2011, the EPA’s Don Lott said 2012 will be much busier. He noted that the agency already has conducted 1,000 compliance inspections, with more to follow.