Consumer Information

Why do Business with an HBASC Member?

Many times it is tempting simply to go with the lowest bidder. However, when your purchase involves the quality of life you will live, or the largest investment you will ever make, the low bid may be a big mistake—the kind of mistake you will have many years to live to regret.

You may (or may not) get the lowest bid from an HBASC member, but your reasons to use a particular contractor or vendor should go much beyond the dollar figure. We have compiled a list of  reasons why you should do business with an HBASC member for you next project.  When you choose an HBASC member, you won’t be regretting the choice.

Builder License Look Up

Do you want to make sure the person building your home is licensed by the State of South Carolina? The Residential Builders Commission, as part of the S.C. Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, issues Residential Builders Licenses to all qualifying persons.  Check a builder’s license online and get other important information on the Residential Builders Commission website.

How to Choose a Builder/Remodeler

If you’re considering building a new home or remodeling your current home, take a look at our checklist for important information to consider before you select your contractor.

  • Do they have a permanent business address?
  • Can they provide references?
  • Ask to see their state license or check online at the Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Growth Licensing Division.
  • Do they have current liability insurance and workers compensation coverage? Note: If you hire someone who is unlicensed and/or uninsured you may be held liable for any injuries that occur while working on your property.
  • How long have they been in business?
  • Check with your city building department for any local complaints.
  • Check with your county clerk to make sure there are no civil suits against the contractor.
  • Check with your local home builders association to see if they are a member.
  • Be sure the estimates specify the total price and the method of payment, the kind and quality of materials to be used and the estimated length of time it will take to complete the work.
  • Make sure you receive a complete, clearly written contract for the work to be done.
  • Do not pay cash up front unless you have a signed valid contract.

The National Association of Home Builders also provides resources for consumers interested in starting a remodeling project.

National Association of Home Builders Green Building

So what exactly is green building? Is it THAT beneficial? The National Association of Home Builders developed a green building program that builders can use as a guidelines to building a green home or remodeling using green features.  When you build green or remodel green, you can take advantage of tax credits.  The NAHB’s green building website has tons of information to help you understand what green building is, the benefits, the financial incentives, and lots of other things you probably didn’t know!  Visit their website today.

Mortgage Default and Foreclosure Counseling Program

Did you know that more than 50 percent of South Carolina residents in foreclosure will lose their homes unnecessarily? That’s according to The Homeownership Resource Center, a division of Family Services, Inc.  If you’re facing foreclosure and need help, contact them today.  Counselors can provide advice and guidance on what you need to do to secure your home and your future. Visit www.ForeclosureHelpforSC.org or call 1-888-320-0350 today.

Home Buyer’s Dictionary

ARM? GPM? PITI? You’d have to be a cryptologist to figure out some of the terms buyers encounter during the home buying process.  Our home buyer’s dictionary is designed to decode many of these terms.

Certified Master Builders of South Carolina

Choosing a builder to build your home or a remodeler to remodel your home can be difficult. That’s one reason why the Certified Master Builder of South Carolina program was created – to help you choose a professional to build or remodel your home. Certified Master Builders have a proven track record of stability, integrity and service to their buyers.

Visit the Certified Master Builder website to find a Master Builder in your area.

The award of the Certified Master Builder designation does not represent and should not be construed as a guarantee or certification of the quality or fitness of the designation holder’s work product. The HBASC’s conferral of a designation represents only the HBASC’s affirmation that the individual designation holder has completed the stipulated requirements of the respective designation program.

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