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Home Builders Association of Michigan

Helpful Tips


Choosing a builder or remodeler for your home can be an overwhelming task. Use these tips to find the best option for you and avoid hiring an unlicensed scammer. 

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Builder Red Flags:

When dealing with a non HBA member, look for these reg flags in builders who may be trying to scam you.

X They want you to pull the permit

X They refuse to show you their license

X They insist you pay in cash

X They offer a "special" low price

X They refuse to sign a contract 

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Think HBA first:

The best way to ensure you’re hiring a qualified professional is to hire an HBA member.  All builders and remodelers in our member network are licensed to build in Michigan and will ensure every step of the project is up to code.



Verify Licenses:

If you chose to hire outside of the HBA, the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) can help you verify licenses. If you are unsure if your builder is licensed, you can look up their license status here.

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Member Lookup:

Finding a builder near you is easy! Click here to find the local association in your county and look through the directory of licensed builders.

Handling Disputes:

The HBA of Michigan urges you to deal with a professional contractor so you will be satisfied at the end of your building or remodeling project. However, the State of Michigan offers many suggestions for mediation, settlement and filing a complaint if you do find yourself unable to avoid a problem situation or a dispute. Click here to report a dispute.

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Watch Out for Scammers:

There are red flags to look out for when hiring a non HBA member. If a builder refuses to sign a contract, asks you to pay in cash or asks you to pull the building permit, they are likely unlicensed. These builders hook you with a compelling price that can only be achieved by cutting corners and avoiding safety standards required for building projects.