Mon, Jun. 07, 2004
New rules will give consumers more power when dealing with builders
to the Star-Telegram
In an effort to build professional standards
and practices and to give consumers recourse when things go wrong,
the Texas Association of Builders and the Texas Residential Construction
Commission are seeking input on new rules to govern the home building
and remodeling industries.
got so many remodelers and builders out there who shouldn't be
out there," said Rob Mathews, president of Curb-Appeal Renovations
in Haltom City. "That's why we are pushing for high standards.
I'm for it 110 percent."
state commission, which was created last year, will track qualified
builders and develop a standard warranty for new home construction
and repairs, said Bobby Bowling III, president of the Texas Association
commission has 12,000 builders registered.
now requires all contractors to apply for a permit for any job
costing over $20,000. The permit starts the state-sponsored inspection
and dispute resolution process, under which the work must meet
warranty and building performance standards. The commission will
take suggestions and comments from Texas residents till June 25,
hoping to have those standards set by the end of the year.
commission will keep a public record of all disputes with builders,
involving new homes and work done on existing homes.
commission's registry and its record of customer disputes will
also give consumers a place to research contractors before they
commit to a new project.
registered as CA Renovations, says that the registry is good for
remodelers and new-home builders and recommends that those needing
contractors go there first before taking bids on a project.
can reach the commission at www.trcc. state.tx.us or (877) 651-8722.
resource is the National Association of the Remodeling Industry's
directory of certified members, at www.remodeltoday.com.
remodelers must have been in business for five years and pass
exams on topics from plumbing to carpentry and how to meet a homeowner's
is slated to become president of the Fort Worth NARI chapter.
to the association, 1 million U.S. homes are remodeled every year.
Members compete for awards for the best bathroom or the best kitchen
design and enjoy other benefits.
may be the more challenging job for contractors, because it requires
that families put up with inconvenience, Matthews said. He requires
his crews not to smoke in the client's home, not to play the radio
too loudly, not to park in front of the mailbox, to ask before
using the bathroom and to take off their shoes before walking
on a finished floor.
before doing demolition work, Mathews guides the client to various
suppliers to look at samples and select tile, plumbing fixtures
and appliances to avoid any surprises after the work begins.