West Virginia

West Virginia Construction and Home Improvement AssociationsAs America's population grows older, West Virginia home builders and remodeling contractors will need to make homes that appeal to a changing demographics' needs. West Virginia's recent Transition Initiative assists seniors and others with physical disabilities modify their homes for accessibility. To help local contractors accomplish the initiative's goals, home builders, remodeling contractors, and interior designers will need to learn new techniques, such as Universal Design, to accommodate the population of West Virginia as it grows older.

The Human Rights Commission has added age to West Virginia's Fair Housing Act protected class list. As the population in West Virginia grows older, real estate agents will need to sell homes with accessibility modifications to make their properties more appealing to seniors. Most homes only require making reasonable modifications such as adapting bathroom, kitchens or entrances of a house.

To meet the growing demand for senior friendly housing, West Virginia remodeling companies have begun training in Universal Design modifications. Universal Designs focus on the needs of all people regardless of their ability level and require no specialized modifications for specific needs. Universal modifications also increase a home's value by making it more appealing to a wider variety of people.

Building a home with universal modifications can mean making allowances for accessibility routes into and through the home, accessible light switches and electrical outlets, installation of grab bars, halls and doorways wide enough for wheelchairs, zero step front entries and building more single story homes to accommodate people with accessibility issues.

West Virginia Association of Home Inspectors

The association was established in 2001 by a group of certified professional home inspectors to improve the quality of home inspection in West Virginia by raising inspection standard. The WVAHI is a not-for-profit trade association dedicated to advance the home inspection industry by educating home inspectors and homeowners.

The association's membership consists of professionals who perform energy audits, HUD inspection, lead based paint inspection, mold testing, radon inspections, water testing, and other inspections that protect the health and safety of a homeowner. To qualify for membership, an inspector needs a WV Fire Marshall Certification, they should have passed the National Home Inspection Exam, have general liability insurance, and continue taking at least 16 hours of continuing education courses a year.

North Central West Virginia Home Builders Association

The trade association has been in existence since 1942. It serves the housing industry with education and higher expectations for residential buildings. The NCWVHBA is also the sponsor of the Morgantown Homeshow. The event gives consumers and contractors a chance to explore the latest products, services, and trends in West Virginia's home building industry.

Being a member of the NCWVHBA enables residential building contractors to access government services and programs easier. One service benefiting them is a team of legislators working to defend the rights of homeowners and home builders. They work to defeat the regulations that could increase the price of owning a home. Defeating these regulations makes owning a home more affordable for West Virginia residents, and in turn, creates more business for home building contractors.

Members can also take advantage of the associations nationally recognized educational programs. Their conferences, classroom courses, online courses, and webinars give members the tools they need to run their businesses more effectively and increase employee skill levels. The NCWVHBA, as a special service to its members, has a team of advisers to address legal concerns, financial concerns, and technical specialties.

Membership in the organization also gives members an opportunity to network with the more than 200,000 members nationwide. West Virginia members can participate in national committees, councils and tradeshows with other home builders, customers, and suppliers from across the country.

Builder's Supply Association

The BSA of West Virginia is a voluntary trade association for building materials suppliers operating in the state. BSA membership is open to contractors in the ready-mix concrete industry, cement industry, lumber, masonry and other building material suppliers. The organization's mission is to provide leadership, opportunities, and problem resolution for construction material suppliers.

The BSA was established in 1914 when members from the building materials community came together to form an organization that would provide members a variety of services including legislative and economic. Membership in the organization gives businesses an opportunity to better themselves through education, legislation, and networking.

The organization has three levels of membership. The regular membership is for contractors who sell construction materials to contractors. An associate membership for members who manufacture and sell materials or services to the home construction industry. And, the BSA membership which has the added benefit of representation in the National Lumber and Building Materials Dealers Association of Washington D.C..

The BSA also has services it offers to all member levels. These benefits include alternative funding methods, large provider networks for lower insurances, business management tools, and the Annual Builders Supply Association Convention. The convention gives member a chance to feature new products and services to public.

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