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Tips on How to Avoid Being Scammed After Hurricane Damage

Published on September 14, 2018 by Elizabeth McKenna

Des Plaines, IL – September 13, 2018 – As Hurricane Florence bears down on the Carolina coast, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) provides homeowners with helpful ways to avoid being scammed by unscrupulous contractors and provides tips on how to find a qualified, professional remodeler or contractor.

Be wary of anyone knocking on your door. Not everyone who reaches out to you as a contractor wants to help. Natural disasters caused by weather including flooding, heavy wind and storm damage, create an environment where scam artists prey on storm victims who seek quick remedy to damaged property.


Better You, Better Ohio!

Published on August 31, 2018

Group-Rating Safety Accountability

Published on August 22, 2018

Important News from the BWC

Dear Employer:

Each year Ohio employers have the opportunity to participate in BWC’s Group-Experience-Rating Program or Group-Retrospective-Rating Program. While these programs are not required, they do provide you with an opportunity to significantly reduce your workers’ compensation premiums, while increasing your awareness of safety and risk-management strategies.

Workplace safety is an important component of these programs. To succeed in accident prevention, we encourage you to use the many resources available to you. We believe a group-rating program is a partnership that includes you and your employees, your sponsoring organization or third-party administrator (TPA) and BWC. Each has specific roles and responsibilities, all designed to assist in preventing workplace accidents. This letter outlines the safety services expectations you should have as an employer enrolled in a group-rating program.


Member Spotlight - Katie Hurst with Hurst Total Home featured on Home Sweet Home

Published on August 20, 2018

Katie Hurst with Hurst Total Home was featured on Home Sweet Home with Dale Louderback! 

This is a wonderful segment that discusses the best projects to start in the fall, how her NARI Universal Design Certification helped with ageing in place projects and more. Support our local chapter by watching Katie's segment!

Click on the image to view the video. 


BWC payroll true-up reports are due by August 15

Published on August 03, 2018 by Ohio Bureau of Worker's Comp

Prior to each policy year the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) establishes your estimated premium based on the most recent payroll that was reported to BWC. Once the policy year is completed you must complete the true-up report. The true-up is a reconciliation of your BWC estimated payroll versus your actual policy year payroll used to determine the correct amount of chargeable premium. If your actual payroll exceeds BWC estimates you will owe BWC additional premium based on your higher payroll and if your actual payroll is lower than BWC estimates you will receive a premium credit.


5 Steps for a Home Remodel

Published on August 03, 2018

Step 1 - Identify Reasons for Remodeling

Deciding whether to undertake simple aesthetic changes or a full remodel can be difficult. One of the best ways to decide is to figure out why you are remodeling in the first place, whether it's to make your new house feel more like home or to update a 1950s-era kitchen.

Step 2 - Set Your Budget

Every home is unique in structure, age, quality and craftsmanship, which all impact the price of a remodel. Since no one can see through walls before demolition, the quote you receive will likely not be 100 percent accurate. However, a qualified remodeling company will be open and honest about the issues and challenges it might face during the process. Account for these adjustments by planning for any "surprises" with a 10 percent cushion, just in case. 


Home Construction Arbitration Rules

Published on July 24, 2018 by Michael Sandner, Litigation Attorney

The American Arbitration Association, commonly referred to as the “AAA” provides numerous structures for dispute resolution.  What many businesses and contractors are unaware of however is that to leverage to the most beneficial set of rules they typically need to be specified in a party’s contract.  All too often, contractors and businesses have formed utilizing “off the rack” documents that simply make generic reference to “Arbitration” without specifying any particular form or forum, or even a specific set of rules.  


Tee off with Miami Valley and Ohio Valley NARI!

Published on July 24, 2018

Join us for a day of golf at our Miami Valley and Ohio Valley Joint Golf Outing presented by Hamilton Parker! 


Event Details:

Thursday, August 16

Shaker Run Golf Club

1320 Golf Club Drive

Lebanon, OH 45036


Register as an individual golfer or foursome! Each golf registration includes a game of golf, a boxed lunch, five (5) drink tickets and a buffet dinner. 

Individual - $115

Foursome - $400


Not a golfer? Join us for a delicious dinner buffet at $20 per person.


Thank you to our amazing sponsors for helping with this event!





What are the Biggest Mistakes that Small Remodeling Businesses Make?

Published on July 06, 2017

How often has this happened to you? Your crew is coming in for the night from working on a project and they say something like, "by the way the homeowner had us change the type of tile in the bathroom." Do you and/or your onsite lead know what do it if the homeowner wants to make changes after the original contract has been finalized?  Join us on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 as Michael Sandner of Pickrel, Schaeffer and Ebeling shares with you his expertise and knowledge when it comes to the legal side of the remodeling industry.


Basic Ladder Safety

Published on July 05, 2017

Ladders are tools. Many of the basic safety rules that apply to most tools also apply to the safe use of a ladder:

Factors contributing to falls from ladders include haste, sudden movement, lack of attention, the condition of the ladder (worn or damaged), the user's age or physical condition, or both, and the user's footwear.

Although the user's weight or size typically does not increase the likelihood of a fall, improper climbing posture creates user clumsiness and may cause falls. Reduce your chances of falling during the climb by:

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