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Home Builders Association: Benefits for Contractors & Customers 2022

If you're looking for a home builder for remodeled homes or to build a new house you might turn to home builders associations to find suitable candidates, but you shouldn't stop your search there. While many builders will be part of the National Association of Home Builders, not all will.

We highlight why it's not essential to choose a builder who has joined their national association.

When looking for a fully licensed and experienced home builder in Chicago look no further than Fortress Home, which has been operating for over 20 years as a highly respected member of the building industry.


What does a home builders association do?

If you've been investigating the home building industry you've probably come across the National Association of Home Builders which is one of the biggest trade associations in the country. To become a member

Activities and benefits

So why would a home builder choose to pay for membership and what does a builders association actually do:

  • Continuing education opportunities for members
  • Dedicated networking opportunities for members
  • Lobbying of government officials at local and national levels
  • Discounts on insurance for members
  • Market and industry research
  • Accreditation for members
 

In order to access these benefits, new members have to pay an, often steep, membership fee, which may seem unnecessary for many in the building community. A home construction company specializes in residential projects of different scale.

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Pros and cons working with house builders association members

In some cities and states, the requirements for becoming a home builder are not very strict and official licensing isn't required for all professionals. This can lead to problems if you end up working with an inexperienced or underqualified builder.

If you live in one of these areas and you want to make sure your contractor is fully qualified, insured, and experienced, choosing a member of a local builders association or a national home builders association can help you feel reassured that you've chosen the right builder.

So, for those in the building industry based in those locations, joining a relevant association will give members credibility, and give customers reassurance.

However, in many locations, including Chicago, the requirements to become a licensed general contractor are much more stringent. The licensing requirements involve checking expertise, qualifications, and insurance.

This means that you can rest assured that membership of a home builders association is not necessary, as long as you're working with a licensed professional, like Fortress Home, Chicago.


Frequently Asked Questions

Who are the top 10 home builders?

While you will find many websites that try and rank America's 10 best builders, these rankings are very subjective and may not be relevant for the type of work you're looking for. But according to Fixr the top 10 builders in the US by revenue in 2020 were:

  1. D.R. Horton
  2. Lennar Corp.
  3. Pulte Group
  4. NVR
  5. Toll Brothers
  6. Taylor Morrison
  7. Meritage Homes Corp.
  8. KB Home
  9. M.D.C. Holdings
  10. Tri Pointe Homes

However, the top home builder for you will depend on many factors:

  • Do they have local knowledge and experience?
  • Have they previously built houses similar to yours?
  • What do their past customers say about them?
  • Are they fully licensed and insured in your area?
  • Are they in the right price range for you?
  • Do they have guarantees and quality assurance policies?

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Is there a custom home builders association?

While some regional home builders associations have custom home builders chapters there is no specific professional association for custom home builders. If you are looking for an experienced custom house builder it's recommended you look for local, personal recommendations and find a builder whose style matches that of your dream home.

Are there home builder rankings by quality?

Many websites will rank home builders by supposed quality, but it's always important to check the bias of these websites, and realize that their rankings are generally not comprehensive. Finding the best builder for you is more complicated than simply checking the rankings and choosing the number one builder.

You need to ensure the builder's style matches yours, their costs fit with your budget, they have local knowledge, and you personally will be happy to work with them.


Looking for home builders - Illinois

If you're looking for the best home builders in Chicago, Illinois, Fortress Home should top your list. With Fortress Home you get:

  • 20+ years of expertise in house building in Chicago
  • a handpicked team of experienced professional builders and tradespeople
  • a family run business that puts you first
  • a meticulous quality assurance system
  • budget and schedule guarantees
  • highest quality materials specially selected for you
  • fully licensed and insured
 

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