Professional expertise

When you're embarking on a major remodeling project, you need to know you are working with a professional. The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) can help

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Exterior view of the entrance of the home, concrete driveway, stone gardens, trees, house constructed of wooden beams, concrete and stone, large decks and wooden garages, tiled steps to the entrance way, pot plants, stone walls.

Remodeling your home can make a world of difference to your living environment provided it is done well. A professional refurbishment will not only enhance your lifestyle, it will also add value to your home.

One of the keys to a successful outcome lies with your choice of contractors, keeping in mind that remodeling can impact on your family for a significant period of time. One way to ensure you hire the services of a professional, is to choose a certified member of The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI).

The association was established to provide the reassurance you need when setting out on such a project. NARI's Certification Program formalizes the necessary standard of expertise, knowledge and ethical conduct within the remodeling industry.

Association director of marketing and communications Gwen Biasi says this program offers a measure of skill and expertise valued by both homeowners and other remodelers.

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View of a living area, wooden flooring, large French windows, book shelves built into the wall, brown rug, dark floral lounge suite, wooden table, white fireplace, artwork, candels. small antqiue stools.

"Each NARI member pledges to observe the highest standards of honesty, integrity and responsibility," she says. "They must also abide by a code of ethics, which stipulates a number of obligations in respect to their work and their dealings with clients."

Members of NARI include full service contractors, design-build firms, manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, subcontractors, lenders and related professionals who work in this area.

"NARI is the only independent trade association in the United States dedicated exclusively to the remodeling industry," says Biasi. "It is an ideal resource for homeowners we even have a brochure available, titled How to Select a Remodeling Professional'."

NARI has five designations: Certified Remodeler (CR), Certified Remodeler Specialist (CRS), Certified Remodeler Associate (CRA), Certified Lead Carpenter (CLC) and Certified Kitchen & Bath Remodeler (CKBR).

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View of a kitchen, wooden and black tiled flooring, black bar stools, black granite benchtops, wooden cabinetry, small blue hanging lights mounted from the ceiling over the island, stainless steel appliances, tile splashback, stainless steel fan mounted from the roof.

Biasi says that as well as providing a resource for homeowners, the association is committed to developing and sustaining programs that expand and unite the remodeling industry.

"People working in this industry have the opportunity to grow by learning from one another," she says.

To receive a copy of the brochure, or for further information, contact NARI, 780 Lee St, Suite 200, Des Plaines, IL 60016, phone tollfree 800 611 Nari (6274), or phone (847) 298 9200. Email: info@nari.org.Website: www.RemodelToday.com.

Story by: Trendsideas

01 Apr, 2005