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Residential construction resumes today

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Posted at 8:23 AM, May 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-07 08:50:13-04

LANSING, Mich. — Home builders and remodelers across the state will resume construction beginning today, Thursday, May 7th. New COVID-19 safety measures will be in place to ensure the safety of builders, their employees and home owners. However, the state’s largest construction association is encouraging consumers to take an extra step in ensuring that they hire safe contractors.

“We hope consumers will contact a local HBA near them for referrals,” noted Bob Filka, CEO of the Home Builders Association of Michigan (HBAM). “Our members have developed COVID-19 safety plans, acquired necessary PPE and conducted online training sessions over the past several weeks and are ready to return safely. While HBAM has more than 5,000 members around the state, consumers should know that not every builder or contractor is an HBA member and may not have gone through the safety training our members have received. Our local associations stand ready to help consumers connect with contractors they can trust.”

Filka also stressed that their return to will help jump start the Michigan economy. “With residential construction permits up by 10% from last year, we know there is demand and a need for housing in our communities. We are proud of our members for working hard to adjust their work practices to meet new health safety guidelines,” said Filka. “Safety is our top priority and consumers should feel confident in hiring a local, licensed HBA member.”

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