Inviting exterior lures buyers inside
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While it's not always wise to judge a book by its cover, many in the real estate industry say when it comes to homes, the first impression is a lasting one. Curb appeal plays a large role in what folks think about your home, whether they're friends or potential buyers. Small-scale exterior remodeling projects are most profitable at resale, according to results from the 2009 Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report from the National Association of Realtors. Nationally, the report shows that eight out of the top 10 projects in terms of cost recouped involved exterior replacement projects that cost less than $14,000. The report showed that 80 percent of the cost associated with replacing doors and siding, as well as adding a wood deck, were returned upon resale. More
NADRA NJ Chapter 2010 Deck Award Ceremony
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The New Jersey Chapter of NADRA hosted its second annual Deck Awards Ceremony at the Hilton Garden Inn in Edison, New Jersey on March 18. With close to 100 people in attendance consisting of deck builders, manufacturers, distributors, lumberyards, and other guests, the room was building with excitement and anticipation as the dinner ended and the awards ceremony began. After the NJ Chapter Board of Directors welcomed the guests, a short presentation was shown highlighting NADRA’s Deck for a Soldier Program. The NJ Chapter honored a few of the key people that were instrumental in getting the deck and ramp built for a young soldier who lost both legs in Iraq. More
NADRA President, Shawn Miller invites NADRA builders to enter competition!
The DIY Network's brand new series, DIY Dominator, is looking for great carpenters from around the country who claim to be the best in their field and are ready prove it! DIY Dominator pits three contestants who specialize in a specific trade against one another in a series of challenges to see who will win the grand prize and earn bragging rights as the "Dominator."
For the first episode the show is looking primarily for rough carpenters. Any contestant selected will have to have broad knowledge and some design and trim carpentry experience. Competitors will get an all expense paid trip to Denver for their three day commitment, April 26-28, and a travel stipend. For more info and to receive an application, email firstname.lastname@example.org with 'Carpentry_YOUR LAST NAME' as the subject line. The deadline for applications is the first week of April. More
Join NADRA today!
NADRA is made up of deck builders, manufacturers, dealers/distributors, wholesalers, retailers and service providers to the deck and railing industry. By working together we can be one voice for the industry and deliver a clear message to the consumer and the code development bodies. NADRA serves as a trade association with emphasis on safe building practices and deck safety.
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Construction industry representatives seek delay in EPA lead rule
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The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association and 11 other associations and institutions joined this week in urging two Senate committees to seek a delay in the Environmental Protection Agency's Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting rule. They argued the EPA lacks the adequate preparation needed to enforce the change, and that if it did proceed, it could hurt the government's weatherization and retrofit programs. More
Pine beetle epidemic to affect lumber supply continent-wide
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A new report on the mountain pine beetle epidemic describes it as one of North America's largest natural environmental disasters that will put an estimated 16 major sawmills out of business in B.C. and lead to long-term lumber shortages in the United States. Canadian lumber production is not expected to recover for the remainder of the century, one of the report's authors said. More
More small businesses using social media to attract new customers
Small businesses flocked to social media in 2009, with their adoption of the technology doubling from 12 percent to 24 percent, says a new study. The Small Business Success Index, as it's called, is the third in a series of surveys the pair have done over the past year. Nearly one in five small business owners are mashing social media into the daily (and hourly) lives of their companies, with the most popular sites being Facebook and LinkedIn. Of the business owners using social media, 75 percent have company pages on the two sites, and 69 percent use status updates on the same two. Just 16 percent use Twitter. More
Housing construction drops 5.9 percent in February
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Housing construction fell in February as winter blizzards held down activity in the Northeast and South. The decline highlighted the challenges facing builders as they struggle to emerge from the worst housing slump in decades. The Commerce Department said that construction of new homes and apartments fell 5.9 percent in February to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 575,000 units, slightly higher than the 570,000 that economists were expecting. January activity was revised up to a pace of 622,000 units, the strongest showing in 14 months. More