Were in the top 10!
By the Paul
A lot has been said about our industry, much of it bad. Just today I read that the remodeling industry is in the top 10 for jobs not likely to recover.
Hows that make you feel?
We have unlicensed contractors running around and many price jobs too low to make a profit, many do sub standard work and homeowners can’t tell us from these criminals.
Strong word isn’t it? They need to make a living right?
If you believe that then lets allow anyone to practice medicine, anyone to practice law, anyone to open a church regardless of whether they can preach or not.
Never has our industry stood together, the Realtors have, doctors have, lawyers have, what are we, dilettantes?
We have trade groups like NARI and NAHB, perhaps the most visible professional organizations. Sure they make noise and do what? NARI has 6000 members and protects it’s interests, they protect the organization. NAHB has more members but mostly serves home builders.Â They don’t work together, both afraid of losing ground and their brand. That does what for us?
It’s time to challenge these old dogs, they are miserable as representative groups. It’s time for a member aware organization, the old groups are holding on to outdated self serving processes that protect their status quo.
Are they bad? No both groups have done much good, both groups have intelligent and wonderful people in their midst but both groups are stuck and have been for years. Let them continue but lets not pretend they are getting anything done. Realtors have NAR, 1.5 million members. Do you think politicians listen to them? Damn right they do. Do you think politicians listen to 6000 NARI members?
Unite with your friends, talk with your competitors, our industry has loose standards, no real training except for some superfluous certifications and little respect from consumers. Are we going to just wait and let politicians set the bar for our industry?
If you think it’s getting tough to be a building professional, then how tough will it be when lobbyists for the big box stores pass legislation that will make it easy for them to operate but almost impossible for new companies to form and grow. Like it or not we have always been a small shop industry, soon it will be 3 or 4 large companies and it will be like the American automobile industry, the big 3 and no other choice.
Remodel Crazy will talk to anyone willing to unite our industry, that includes the existing and warring organizations we already have. If you are concerned contact us, if you think this doesn’t include you then enjoy the Kool-Aid.
Are we Crazy?
Damn right we are, we are Remodel Crazy!