What is NARI?
The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) is the “Voice of the Professional Remodeling IndustryTM" and the nation’s only not-for-profit trade association dedicated exclusively to the professional remodeling industry. NARI Greater Cleveland is dedicated to being the best resource for knowledge and training in the remodeling industry for northern Ohio.
History: NARI Greater Cleveland began as the Cleveland Home Improvement Council back in 1962. It was the result of President Eisenhower’s 1956 effort Operation Home Improvement – a national campaign that emphasized the rehabilitation of existing housing rather than new construction.The National Home Improvement Council emerged from this effort with the very first chapter located in Cleveland, Ohio. As the home improvement industry continued to grow, the National Remodelers Association and the National Home Improvement Council joined forces to create the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) in 1982.
In 2004 the Board of Directors voted to create Professional Remodelers of Ohio (PRO) – a statewide organization focused to represent our members on local legislative issues. However, with the change in the tone and function of government, there have been more issues and legislation affecting the home improvement industry on a federal level. Therefore, in 2011 PRO Members and the Board of Directors voted to re-affiliate with the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, which would provide representative in both national and local legislative issues, as well as education and certification programs for the association.
Throughout each transition, our mission remained the same – This association exists to professionalize the remodeling industry, while serving as an ally to homeowners. We continue to be an organization that offers the best value, the best programs, and the best solutions for its members, while being the best advocate for the consumers, the remodeling industry and the professional remodeler.
Why Choose a NARI Member?
All members of NARI are put through a screening process at the time they apply for membership and on an annual basis at the time of renewal. The NARI Greater Cleveland Staff checks to make sure that all contractors Members meet the following criteria:
- A favorable Better Business Bureau and Ohio Attorney General’s Report
- Must show proof of appropriate local Registration, liability insurance, and Workers Compensation Insurance
- Adhere to the NARI Code of Ethics
- Submit a copy of their contracts with the buyers right to cancel
- 50% of our members have been in the remodeling business for 25+ years
- 40% of our members have been owners of their businesses for more than 25+ year