Beware of Unlicensed Builders
Homeowners are more likely to be victimized as a result of using unlicensed builders on their residential construction projects. Not only is using an unlicensed builder illegal, it can be a costly mistake that can turn a dream residential construction project into a nightmare.

HBA of Michigan Executive Vice President for Government Relations Lee Schwartz talks about the pitfalls of using unlicensed builders for residential construction projects. 




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A Rite of Spring Time: Unlicensed Builders Pulling Scams on Michigan Consumers
There are a few things you can count on when spring arrives. Daylight savings time, warmer temperatures, rain and unlicensed builders that prey on unsuspecting consumers with building scams and rip-offs.

“Unlicensed scam artists will try to con you in several different ways,” said HBA of Michigan CEO Robert Filka. “They will tell you it’s cheaper to do the job if the consumer pulls the building permit or that no permit is needed. They do this because without a builders license, they can’t pull a building permit. If no permit is pulled, there will be no inspections done to assure the quality of work or that it meets the requirements of the Michigan Residential Code (MRC).”  Read More . . .

Why Hire an HBA Member

“Our Commitment is Quality”

The question remains the same, whether you’re a consumer, thinking of building your dream home or a builder providing homes for families in your community. The answer also remains the same, and it’s as simple as one word…”QUALITY.”

The HBA “Builder” made the commitment to an organization that stresses “Quality in Home Building.” An organization that accepts only builders who meet the criteria set in place by the local and national organizations. An organization that sets a standard that all members must live up to.

By joining the HBA, Builders and Associate members have taken steps to ensure they will stay abreast of industry issues. They made a commitment to use quality products. They recognize the need to give something back to the community where they live and do business. By joining the HBA, they made a commitment to quality.

So when you get ready to do that job, ask yourself if you really want to do business with a builder or supplier who won’t make the commitment. Then contact us, and we’ll help you find an HBA member who will give you the quality you deserve.

Choosing a Contractor Do's and Don'ts

For those of you worried about choosing a general contractor to build your new home, feel confident in knowing that most custom home contractors are reliable, honest individuals. The very few who are not, have created an image well beyond their real numbers. To help you find the right GC for your new home, here are some very simple rules and suggestions to follow: 

• Never choose a contractor based solely on lowest price.

• Always obtain more than one estimate.

• Don't rely on possible legal remedies as your protection against someone you are apprehensive about to begin with. Simply don't hire that particular contractor.

• Research their background first before hiring them. If your state has a licensing board for contractors, call to find out if there are any outstanding complaints against that license holder.

• Call your local Better Business Bureau to see if there are any complaints on file.

• Don't be afraid to thoroughly interview the contractor candidates. Ask what kind of worker's compensation insurance they carry and get their policy number and insurance company contact information so you can verify everything. If they are not covered, you could be liable for any work-related injury incurred during the project.

• Be sure that the contractor also has an umbrella general liability policy.

• Don't hire the contractor who only suggests changes that will reduce the price-and possibly the quality-or the contractor who does the opposite and only makes suggestions that will result in expensive changes.

• Choose a contractor based heavily on past performance. Ask for names of clients and follow-up with phone calls and drive-bys if possible. A good contractor will be happy to provide as many referrals as you want.

• Choose a contractor based on recommendations of local business owners he deals with such as bankers, material suppliers or local officials.

• Choose a contractor who appears knowledgeable and has a helpful attitude and will have your best interest at heart.

• Use common sense judgment.

• Finally, don't be rushed into making a decision, no matter how competitive the market may seem. And never pay a deposit to a contractor at the first meeting.