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  • 22 May 2017 9:12 AM | Craig Hoffman (Administrator)


    Remodeling projects can make your home a noticeably better place to live — and if you decide to sell, certain projects will pay you back a good bit of what you put into them. In recognition of National Remodeling month, we’ll try to answer the question: which projects are the best investments, in terms of their return when you sell?

    According to Remodeling Magazine’s 2017 Cost vs. Value Report, curb-appeal projects in Pennsylvania will give you some of the best returns. For example, replacing the front door with a new steel door returns 91% of the cost, or manufactured stone veneer in place of vinyl siding on the bottom third of the street-facing facade, 89%.

    The bottom line for any remodeling project is: how it will enhance your home’s value, not just in immediate resale price but also in turning your home into a more comfortable, livable space. And that can help you avoid dedicating even more time and money to buying a new house and moving.

    Add a family room and you’ll recoup the lion’s share of what you put in — 78% within a year, according to the report. The same goes for a kitchen remodel, which came in at 70% payback, or finishing a basement, 81%.

    But for a young family, the return-on-investment may not be the motivating factor. Building on a family room opens up to more social space as the family grows, making the home more comfortable and workable for the family over time, delaying or preventing a costly move. For baby boomers looming to buy, real estate pros predict bathroom updates, including handicapped accessible showers and senior-friendly fixtures, can pay back an average of 68%.

    To learn more about remodeling projects that prove their value, review the “Cost vs. Value” report from five metropolitan areas of the Commonwealth in Remodeling magazine.

    To find a remodeler in Pennsylvania, or for more information about remodeling, go to   http://www.pabuilders.org/consumers.

    Sources:

    Hanley Wood Media, Inc.

    National Association of Home Builders


  • 17 May 2017 9:15 AM | Craig Hoffman (Administrator)

    May is National Remodeling Month 

    Hire a Pro, Not a Con 

    As sure as spring is the season when many homeowners are inspired to make improvements to their home, this spring there will also be reports of rogue contractors conning Pennsylvania homeowners. Consumers who are planning home improvement projects should consider some important advice before hiring a contractor. 

    Below is a list of warning signs that should indicate a contractor is not on the level:  A contractor approaches you about damage to your property. 

    • You’re told you’ve been chosen as a demonstration project at a special price.  You’re told a contract “won’t be necessary.” 
    • You’re asked to pay for the entire job upfront. 
    • You’re told the price is only good for today. 
    • The contractor can’t provide references. 
    • You can’t verify a business address. 
    • You can’t find the contractor in the Home Improvement Contractor list through the Attorney General’s office. (Although registration is no indication of the quality of work provided, it is the law in PA.) 
    • High-pressure sales tactics 
    • Free inspection – “Pay only if I find something.” 

    The Pennsylvania Builders Association – along with your local home builders association can help you find and hire a reputable contractor in PA. Click here for more info

    To report a fraudulent contractor, contact the Bureau of Consumer Protection at 800.441.2555 or visit the PA Attorney General’s website

  • 11 Apr 2017 9:52 AM | Doug Vu (Administrator)

    It’s that time of year: Pennsylvania One Call System, Inc. will once again be holding our annual Safety Day, CLICK HERE for a list of Dates and Locations. This free conference provides a forum for Pennsylvania stakeholders to learn about safe digging. The conference begins at 7:00 am and ends around 2:00 pm with a keynote presentation before lunch. There are numerous educational sessions throughout the day promoting safety and the protection of critical underground infrastructures. Presentations and demonstrations on safe digging procedures will be offered concurrent to the sessions. There will also be numerous Exhibitors with the latest in safety, equipment and technology. Water and Wastewater operators in their three year license cycle can earn up to two (2) DEP credits. Pennsylvania811 and its sponsors will provide a complimentary lunch to attendees.

    There will also be a special session of our Excavator Program at the event. The program starts promptly at 8:00 AM and continues until 9:30 AM. Learn the “Five Steps to Safe Digging” and your responsibilities under PA Act 287 as amended. If you were unable to attend one of our programs in the area or if you just need a refresher, this is a golden opportunity to take advantage of this valuable training while attending Safety Day. You can register for this program at the same time you register for Safety Day. All of the training and admission is free, but pre-registration is required.

    If you’ve already registered, great! We’ll see you there. If not, you can register at  Central Safety Day and log in using your User ID and password and complete the form. It’s that simple. Or if you prefer, or have multiple associates to register, feel free to email me at ksgoldblum@pa1call.org . Be sure to provide your DEP Client ID number (if applicable) and let us know if you’ll be attending the Excavator Program or staying for lunch. Invite your co-workers, associates, sub-contractors, COC’s or anyone you know who could benefit from this event.

    Don’t delay! Register now! Should you have any questions or need more information, please do not hesitate to contact me at 717.487.0797.  I look forward to seeing you at Safety Day

     

  • 30 Mar 2017 9:59 AM | Doug Vu (Administrator)

    The PBA Associates Council is proud to partner with Manna on Main Street as part of the council's ongoing effort to improve the condition of Pennsylvania's less fortunate citizens. The Associates Council is continuing the effort to collect food donations and monetary contributions that started earlier this year. Manna on Main Street is part of the Building Support Community Service Project. Manna on Main Street is committed  to ending hunger in the North Penn region of Montgomery County and the larger community by providing food, fulfilling social service and education needs, and conducting community outreach. Through a food pantry and opportunities, Manna services those in need with the hope "that everyone might be fed." the goal is simple; to provide a needed service to the vulnerable in our community.

    Click here for a list of items needed or here to donate online. If you have questions about how to donate materials contact Douglas Vu at 717-730-4380 or by email at dvu@pabuilders.org. Any contributions is greatly appreciated.

  • 24 Mar 2017 3:55 PM | Doug Vu (Administrator)

    Many association members are frustrated by non-members who don't maintain professional business practices and perform quality work. PBA CEO Daniel Durden and Berks/Firefly Homes' John D'Angelo and Bryan Entrekin talk with ABC27 News about how homebuyers can ensure they are hiring a quality contractor. READ MORE HERE.

  • 13 Feb 2017 9:00 AM | Craig Hoffman (Administrator)

    A newly announced exclusive member benefit is at your fingertips thanks to the Member Advantage program through NAHB. Lowe's Pro Services now offers a business card that saves you twice! After registering, you'll save 2% on your Lowe’s Accounts Receivable (LAR) or Lowe’s Business Accounts (LBA) purchases, and receive free delivery on purchases over $500. Save an additional 5% every day at the store when you mention the 5% at time of purchase and when using your LAR or LBA.

    More information is available at www.nahb.org/ma and www.LowesForPros.com/nahb

     

     


  • 10 Feb 2017 9:00 AM | Craig Hoffman (Administrator)

    Now you can easily get your tickets for the 2017 Installation & Banquet Awards online! Our new online event registration is up and running and we've extended the deadline for the early bird registration discount.

    Tickets will be $75 until February 17th ($85 after that & at the door).

    Click here to register now!

    Join us for dinner, open bar & entertainment by The Characters to celebrate the 2017 Leadership team, Builders Gala Award Winners and PBA's 2017 President Andrew Kaye.



  • 03 Feb 2017 10:00 AM | Craig Hoffman (Administrator)

    Daniel Durden, PBA CEO, joined mortgage banker and realtor representatives on WITF to discuss the housing outlook for Central Pennsylvania. While there is still a lot of reason for caution, the signs are trending upward for continued growth in 2017.

    You can check out the show here.


  • 02 Feb 2017 11:00 AM | Craig Hoffman (Administrator)
    Snazzy Traveler

    PBA is glad to announce a new member benefit. We have an exciting opportunity for you to receive exclusive access to Snazzy Traveler, America's Fastest Growing Travel Company. As a valued supporter you are receiving FREE access to Snazzy Traveler for a whole year! Snazzy Traveler is an exclusive members only travel website valued at $99 with rates on Hotels, Rental Cars, Luxury Cruises and Activities up to 75% off online retail prices.

    Visit snazzytraveler.com/pba and enter
    Promo Code: PBATravel2017

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    Questions? Contact PBA Staff.


  • 30 Jan 2017 9:00 AM | Craig Hoffman (Administrator)

    All members are invited to join us for drinks, dinner and entertainment to honor the Leadership Team, Builders Gala Award recipients and the 2017 PBA President Andrew Kaye.

    FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2017
    Reception at 6 p.m., Banquet at 7 p.m.
    Black tie optional

    SHERATON VALLEY FORGE
    480 N. Gulph Road, King of Prussia, PA 19406

    Tickets are $75 per person before February 17th ($85 per person after that). 

    Click here to register now!

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    Questions? Contact the PBA staff.

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