In an effort to protect the health and well-being of our staff and members, the NARI Atlanta office is closed until further notice. Staff will be working remotely and normal business will continue, as is reasonably possible.

Resources for Dealing with the Impact of the COVID-19 Crisis

Posted By: Kathryn Stempler
Thursday, April 2

Private Home Inspector and Plan Reviewer Resources

Georgia Association of Home Inspectors - website 

House Master - website; 770-847-0449; Mark Thompson - recommended by NARI member ARTECH Roofing & Construction, LLC

Axios Architecture, LLC - website; 404-636-0611; Steve Robinson AIA (founder) srobinson@axiosarchitecture.com - recommended by NARI member SpeedHeat

*NARI members, send your recommendations to: admin@nariatlanta.org.


Join us at noon today for a Q&A session with the team from Sparks Law Practice. They'll go over the recently passed FFCRA and CARES Act and get you up-to-speed on how it will effect your business

Join the Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/3733718440

Meeting ID: 373 371 8440 

And if you can't make it today, NARI National is offering a webinar with the same content tomorrow at 1pm. 

FFCRA and CARES Act - Two federal statutes that will impact your operations
Friday, April 3 at 1pm EDT
Register Here

Wednesday, April 1

Banks will begin taking SBA 7(a) loan applications on Friday, April 3rd

This Friday, April 3, banks will begin taking Small Business Administration (SBA) 7(a) loan applications under the CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program. This $349 billion program will provide much-needed relief to millions of small businesses so they can sustain their businesses and keep their workers employed. Businesses will be moving very quickly to take advantage of this program, and you are strongly encourage to do the same. While $349 billion sounds like a lot of money, it will run out fast. Since every bank should have the same process and the same loan terms, no need to shop. Go directly to the bank that you have a relationship with to apply for the 7(a) loan. Going to your banker should expedite the process. Here is a quick guide on how to apply for the 7(a) loans.

Paycheck Protection Program 7(a) Loans - What You Need to Know

(Moore Colson is NARI Atlanta's accounting firm.)


Alair Homes All Partner Call today at 1pm - sign up here

Tuesday, March 31

Remodelers Advantage presents the BUILD AID Virtual Conference
April 1 & 2 from 10:30am - 7:30pm

Build Aid is a FREE, two-day virtual conference that will “Help Remodelers Survive Now and Thrive After.” Top industry leaders are lined up to provide some great sessions. Topics will range from Cash is King: Creating Cash in a Time of Crisis to How to Increase Profit Margins in Any Scenario -- Even Worst-Case and much more. Learn More and Register.


Alair Homes invites you to participate in their All Partner call, tomorrow, April 1st at 1pm. "These calls are an opportunity to learn together, laugh together and simply help each other. For the coming months, we [Alair Homes] will have construction business owners, industry experts and even life and business coaches sharing strategies to protect and maintain our businesses during these times."  Click here to sign up.

View Invitation


NARI Member Roundtable at 12:30pm

Join the Zoom Call - https://zoom.us/j/3733718440  (Meeting ID: 373 371 8440)
Paycheck Protection Program FAQs
Active SBA 7(a) Loan Lenders

Watch the 3/31 Roundtable video - click here.


Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act - A Guide for Small Businesses (from U.S. Chamber of Commerce)

Monday, March 30

U.S. Small Business Administration Guidance & Loan Resources


"Essential Business" Qualifications

Most ordinances have some version of the following clause, under their definition of "Essential Businesses" - Plumbers, Electricians, Exterminators and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences and businesses...

Residential construction is certainly a service necessary to maintain the safety and essential operation of a residence.


Live webinar from Sparks Law Practice about the CARES Act (the Senate's $2 Trillion Coronavirus Aid Package) and how it will pertain to small businesses

Tuesday, March 31st at 12pm - https://zoom.us/j/4561416836


Georgia DOL's Unemployment Emergency Rule (effective March 19th) - "Georgia employers are responsible for filing partial claims online on behalf of their employees if they have found it necessary to temporarily reduce work hours or if they have no work available for a short period of time..."  This article explains the emergency rule and walks you through the filing process. (Moore Colson is NARI Atlanta's accounting firm.)

 

Friday, March 27

NARI Atlanta member TeamLogic IT wants to help you overcome your working from home struggles. Contact Howard Page at hpage@teamlogicit.com or 770-450-0910 to schedule a free consultation.

Are you struggling with how to run your business remotely? There are number of things to consider and TeamLogic IT is offering a free consultation to help you decide what the best solutions are for your business. It is definitely not a one-size-fits-all world. Some of the issues we'll look at:

How to access your IT resources from home (personal computers or company equipment?, secure access, etc.)

How to manage remote workers; video and audio meeting platforms; Virtual Desktop

Is now the time to move to the cloud? For most businesses, the answer is yes. We can tell you how.


Congress Approves Economic Relief Plan for Individuals and Businesses (CARES Act) - from TaxFoundation.org


"The Economy in the Time of Virus and How it Might Impact Remodelers" webinar with Dr. Chris Kuehl on Wed., April 1 at 1pm. Sponsored by NARI. Register here.


The State License Renewal Deadline is June 30th and at this time has not been extended. The Residential Licensing Board is scheduled to meet on April 22. (2:24pm)


A video message from NARI Atlanta President, Mark Galey, MCR, CRPM

Thursday, March 26

NAHB and the Construction Industry Safety Coalition (CISC) published a Construction Job Site Guidance for CoronavirusThe guidance describes how to prevent worker exposure to coronavirus, protective measures to be taken on the job site, personal protective equipment and work practice controls to be used, cleaning and disinfecting procedures, and what to do if a worker becomes sick. The documents are specifically tailored to construction job sites. Read more...


3 Action Items to Best Prepare for a Business Interruption Claim (Moore Colson is NARI Atlanta's Accounting firm)


NARI member Tom Dwyer, MCR, UDCP shared COVID-19 job site signs that he created. If you need them for your job site(s), just click the link below to download.

COVID-19 Job Warning 

COVID-19 Job Warning (Spanish)

Not A Construction Entrance


Click here for a further explanation of "private plan review and third party inspections" as issued in the Executive Order "Reducing Regulations to Assist the State's Response to the Spread of COVID-19." Article courtesy of Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association.

It is every contractor's responsibility to familiarize themselves with the building codes and regulations in jurisdictions where they are working.


Virus Crisis from a Legal Standpoint - article from Qualified Remodeler

Remodeling Mastery Podcasts:

Leadership During a Pandemic

Survive to Thrive During COVID-19 Pandemic

Wednesday, March 25

We need your help! Make an appeal to congress to include 501(c)(6) non-profit organizations as eligible for the small business loans included in the current "COVID 3" bill. It's easy to submit your appeal online. The form locates your legislators and provides a template letter. NARI and most other trade and professional associations are classified 501(c)(6). 


On Thursday, March 26 at 2 pm, Home Builders Association of GA is hosting a Facebook Live session (Facebook Page @HBAGeorgia) with attorney Simon Bloom of Bloom Parham LLP to address Gov. Kemp's Executive Order regarding private plan reviews and inspections.


UPDATE: IRS extends filing deadline as well as payment deadline to July 15th. Read more...


NARI Atlanta member Sparks Law Practice is providing daily 30-minute webinars, Tuesday-Friday at 12pm EDT, on a variety of topics, including: Workers Comp, Family First Coronavirus Act, Essential HR Policies, and more. All sessions are live on their Facebook page or you can join via Zoom to ask questions.

Watch past webinars:

Workers Comp: How to save 7.5% today

Mindset: It's not a crisis, it's an opportunity to win!

Force Majeure Clause: Who has to pay?

Families First Coronavirus Response Act and How it Can Affect You as a Business Owner or Employee


NARI Atlanta member GuildQuality invites you to take part in a 5-part series called PREVAIL: A COVID-19 Webinar Series, offering solutions to help you protect revenue and margins during this uncertain time and get you prepared to come out stronger on the other side. Q&A is included in each session. Series begins on Thursday, March 26 and registration is limited. Learn more...

Tuesday, March 24

The NARI Atlanta Government Affairs Committee is monitoring the status of the State Contractor License renewal deadline. As of now, no extension has been issued. (3:16pm)


Alair Homes invites you to participate in their weekly All Partner calls, every Wednesday at 1pm EDT. "These calls are an opportunity to learn together, laugh together and simply help each other. For the coming months, we [Alair Homes] will have construction business owners, industry experts and even life and business coaches sharing strategies to protect and maintain our businesses during these times." Click here to sign up.

 
Monday, March 23

Click here to read the Executive Order issued by Governor Brian Kemp allowing for contractors to hire private building/home inspectors in lieu of mandated waiting times for county/municipality inspections.

It is every contractor's responsibility to familiarize themselves with the building codes and regulations in jurisdictions where they are working.

Private Home Inspector Resources
Georgia Association of Home Inspectors - website 

Alpharetta Property Inspections, LLC - website; 770-913-6214; Kristopher Seguin (co-owner) direct line 470-409-1519

House Master - website; 770-847-0449; Mark Thompson - recommended by NARI member ARTECH Roofing & Construction, LLC

*NARI members, send your recommendations to: admin@nariatlanta.org.


The 3rd Annual Brew Bash has been rescheduled for August 11th. All other details remain the same.

 
Friday, March 20

The IRS Extends the Federal Income Tax Payment Deadline - read this important notice from Moore Colson CPAs and Advisors, NARI Atlanta's accounting firm.


The April 14th NARI Nights meeting has been rescheduled for July 14th. For those of you who already registered, your registration and payment will be applied to the next meeting, currently scheduled for June 9th.

 
Wednesday, March 18

Qualified Remodeler is offering a webinar on Monday, March 23: "Navigating the COVID-19 Disruption: Strategies to help your company adapt to the Coronavirus situation" - click here to learn more.

 
Tuesday, March 17

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Learn more...


Many permit offices are continuing operations online. If you have information to add to this list, please send it to: admin@nariatlanta.org.

Here is a county-by-county list courtesy of GAHBA. 

Alpharetta: The public is reminded that many City services such as filing for most permits, paying utility and tax bills, and reporting service needs such as potholes, code enforcement violations, and traffic issues can always be done online by visiting https://www.alpharetta.ga.us/report-pay-apply

City of Atlanta: click here to view the update

Brookhaven: click here for information

Chamblee: Building Permits and Zoning Applications: chambleedevelopment@chambleega.gov ; some permits may be submitted online: https://talktomycity.com/search/Cha01

Dunwoody: Permits can be filed and inspections can be scheduled online using the following link: https://dunwoody.portal.iworq.net/portalhome/dunwoody.

Johns Creek: The Department will not be accepting any new permits (building, land disturbance, fence, trade, special event, etc.) or applications (rezoning and variance) of any kind until further notice. The Department will attempt to continue review and processing of existing permits and applications and conduct building and land inspections within 48 hours upon receiving an inspection request. Please note that daily inspection load may impact response times due to limitation of personnel. We ask for your patience and cooperation during this unprecedented time. 

Marietta: The City of Marietta would like to remind residents, contractors, and businesses that the City has the ability to process all permits through its web-based site plan review and permit application process called Sages: http://www.mariettaga.gov/1152/Sages

Roswell: contact the department directly

Sandy Springs: To submit a building permit, view the status of a permit, schedule an inspection, or view the status of a code ordinance violation:  https://build.sandyspringsga.gov/Public/Main  

Smyrna: click here for detailed information

 
Monday, March 16

The NARI Atlanta office is closed until further notice. Staff will be working remotely and normal business will continue, as is reasonably possible.

At this time, all NARI Atlanta events will be held as planned. We are closely monitoring the spread and local impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and will announce any necessary changes to our schedule here and via email.