With more time spent at home this past year, many people want to buying or remodeling their home. Purchasing a new home or modernizing an existing home is an investment in time and money. Therefor, hiring a home builder or remodeler with a designation ensures you’re working with a professional that is committed to staying up to date with the latest technology, building methods and business practices.
Throughout March, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) celebrates National Designation Month. Members of the residential construction industry are able to earn professional designations through NAHB. Hiring a certified professional means they dedicated their time to learning about a specific construction principle.
For example, choosing a CAPS Certified professional (Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist) ensures that they will address common age-related barriers. In other words, they modify homes so that elderly residents of are safe and comfortable. For instance, common modifications include widening doors to accommodate wheelchairs or other mobility aids and installing shower bars to improve safety. Learn more about CAPS here
Another in-demand credential is the Certified Green Professional (CGP). These certified builders (or other industry professionals) incorporate green and sustainable building principles into homes without driving up the cost of construction. CGPs completed training in design and construction practices that make homes energy efficient. This includes: conserving water, improving environmental quality, and selecting sustainable building products.
Professionals with designations offer years of experience, the right tools, a network of suppliers and subcontractors, and an in-depth understanding of legal regulations, cost estimating, scheduling, and the latest construction techniques and materials.
President, Greater Fort Smith Association of Home Builders