Mem­ber­ship does make a dif­fer­ence

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES - By Mike Moore

LOOK for the logo. That’s the sound­est ad­vice I can give peo­ple who are look­ing for a builder, ren­o­va­tor or sup­plier. It’s far from the last thing they will have to do in their quest for se­lec­tion, but it’s a great start­ing point.

Look for the logo — the logo of the Man­i­toba Home Builders’ As­so­ci­a­tion.

Mem­ber­ship does make a dif­fer­ence. The dif­fer­ence is that in­dus­try pro­fes- sion­als rep­re­sent­ing the en­tire in­dus­try have al­ready done the pre­lim­i­nary work for you. They have screened the mem­ber­ship ap­pli­ca­tion and de­ter­mined if the ap­pli­cant has met cer­tain in­dus­try qualifications. They have al­ready done some of your home­work.

Case in point; al­though com­ing soon, new home war­ranty has not been manda­tory in Man­i­toba. How­ever, in or­der for a builder to be a mem­ber of the MHBA, he must have been of­fer­ing a rec­og­nized third-party war­ranty for a min­i­mum of two years. That’s not to say that there are not builders of­fer­ing a proper war­ranty who are not mem­bers, it’s just that your search can be nar­rowed down that much quicker when you look for the MHBA logo.

Many new home de­vel­op­ments will only fea­ture MHBA mem­ber builders. All Pa­rade of Homes en­tries are from MHBA builders. Look for the logo.

Man­i­toba has de­vel­oped the rep­u­ta­tion as the ren­o­va­tion cap­i­tal of Canada. How do you dif­fer­en­ti­ate one ren­o­va­tor from an­other? Look for the RenoMark logo. A RenoMark ren­o­va­tor pledges to ad­here to a na­tion­ally rec­og­nized, el­e­vated set of stan­dards and ethics. Be­come fa­mil­iar with these and in­sist that your ren­o­va­tor op­er­ates at the same level.

Again, no one is telling you who to hire, but the in­formed con­sumer should be able to ben­e­fit from home­work done by the pro­fes­sion­als re­gard­ing their in­dus­try.

The same logic can be ap­plied to sup­pli­ers. If the most qual­i­fied new home builders and ren­o­va­tors are pur­chas­ing their build­ing sup­plies from com­pa­nies they have thor­oughly re­searched, why shouldn’t the con­sumer ben­e­fit from this knowl­edge?

In con­clu­sion, al­though there is never a sim­ple an­swer re­gard­ing what and where to buy, there are sources to help you. One is pro­fes­sional in­dus­try as­so­ci­a­tions such as the MHBA. Look for the logo.

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