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Doing your homework will help you have a more successful experience. Click the checklist to help you select a home builder or home remodeler to work on or build your home.

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Why Hire an HBA member

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The LHBA encourages professionalism in the building industry and takes pride that HBA members are licensed with the State of Michigan. Is your building or remodeling contractor licensed?

  • Contact the Lakeshore Home Builders Association at (616)392-6233 to see if the company is a member in good standing.
  • Make sure the builder or home remodeler has a permanent business location and a good reputation with local banks and suppliers.
  • Find out how long they have been in the building business. It usually takes three to five years to establish a financially sound business. You want to make sure they will be around after the construction is complete to service any warranties.
  • Check out the company’s rating and if there have been any complaints filed with your local Better Business Bureau: www.bbb.org.
  • Make sure the builder/remodeler has sufficient workers compensation and general liability insurance. If not, you may be liable for any construction-related accidents on your premises.
  • Ask the builder/remodeler to provide you with names of previous customers. If they won’t, beware. If they do, ask the customers if they would hire the builder/remodeler again.
  • Ask if you can see the builder/remodelers work, both completed and in progress. Check for quality of workmanship and materials.
  • Do you feel you can easily communicate with the builder/remodeler? Remember you will be in close contact with them throughout the construction process and afterward as you live in your new home.
  • Make sure the builder/remodeler provides you with a complete and clearly written contract. The contract will benefit both of you. If you are having a new home built, get and review a copy of the home warranty and homeowner manual as well.
  • Be cautious of unusually low-priced bids. If the builder/remodeler is unable to pay for the materials and labor as the project proceeds, this may indicate a potential problem. Keep in mind that less expensive does not necessarily mean better!
  • Verify that your remodeler is an EPA Lead-Safe Certified Renovator if you are planning work in a pre-1978 home that will disturb more than six square feet of painted surfaces inside the home or 20 square feet on the exterior of the home. Learn more about the EPA’s lead paint rule.
  • Ask about warranties. How many years? What is covered or excluded?
  • Ask what the process for change orders will be and how they will communicate about its affect to the budget.

If you are thinking about building or remodeling, we want your first stop for information to be the Lakeshore Home Builders Association. The Lakeshore HBA is comprised of top-of-the line industry experts who would love to talk to you about any project you have in mind.

So what sets Lakeshore HBA members apart from other industry companies?

HBA members are licensed and insured, and are dedicated to their industry. Our members represent the “best of the best.” They keep up with industry trends, safety, and code requirements.

The Lakeshore HBA cares about homeowners, home buyers and housing affordability. We serve to hold our members to the highest standard of professionalism. The community knows that they can depend on the Lakeshore HBA members as the true professionals in the industry!

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