Tools & Resources

Whether you live or build in the Interior... or both, you'll find valuable information here.

Interior Alaska Relocation & Buyer's Guide

We know a big move can be daunting and we are here to help. Look no further than the Interior Alaska Relocation & Buyers Guide to find what you need - from safety information to school districts, home builders to chimney sweeps, auto mechanics to salons - even your nearest hunting or fishing outfitters.

Complete with a comprehensive business and agency directory (the Buyer's Guide) and a Cold Climate Library, you're sure to find the tools and resources to get comfortable in the Interior.

Builder Connect

Have a project? Submit your project or proposal to our office with the Subject Line "Builder Connect" and get connected with multiple qualified contractors in one message! 

Building or Buying - Early Stages

Did you hire someone already?


1) Your first question should be "Is my contractor licensed?" Ensure your contractor is licensed in the state of Alaska.

If you had a bad experience with a contractor or an unlicensed handyman, please submit

THIS COMPLAINT FORM by email or mail a hard copy to the State of Alaska investigative staff.

2) Make informed decisions before you begin. Go to

COLD CLIMATE HOUSING RESEARCH CENTER's website

to calculate energy usage of your appliances, download a contractor checklist, and learn more about what it means to build green in the Interior.

and other great stuff!

3) Spend time on ALASKA HOUSING FINANCE CORPORATION's website to learn about energy rebates and other financing programs that you may have access to- even with local banks in the Fairbanks and North Pole areas.

4) Check out our Home Construction Directory to hire a licensed, bonded, and insured contractor in the Interior. 

Contractor Hiring Checklist

Doing your homework will help you have a more successful experience.

Use this checklist to help you select a home builder or home remodeler to work on or build your home:

  • Search for a builder or remodeler who is a member of the IABA. Our members are licensed, bonded & insured. Also ask family, friends or coworkers for recommendations.

  • Make sure the builder or home remodeler has a permanent business location and a good reputation with local banks and suppliers.

  • Ask the contractor for their Alaska Business License number, their bond, and insurance information- the law that requires contractors be licensed, bonded, and insured protects you.

  • Find out how long they have been in the building business. It usually takes three to five years to establish a financially sound business. You want to make sure they will be around after the construction is complete to service any warranties.

  • Check out the company’s rating and if there have been any complaints filed with your local Better Business Bureau: www.bbb.org.

  • Make sure the builder/remodeler has sufficient workers compensation and general liability insurance. If not, you may be liable for any construction-related accidents on your premises.

  • Ask the builder/remodeler to provide you with names of previous customers. If they won’t, beware. If they do, ask the customers if they would hire the builder/remodeler again.

  • Ask if you can see the builder/remodelers work, both completed and in progress. Check for quality of workmanship and materials.

  • Do you feel you can easily communicate with the builder/remodeler? Remember you will be in close contact with them throughout the construction process and afterward as you live in your new home.

  • Make sure the builder/remodeler provides you with a complete and clearly written contract. The contract will benefit both of you. If you are having a new home built, get and review a copy of the home warranty and homeowner manual as well.

  • Be cautious of unusually low-priced bids. If the builder/remodeler is unable to pay for the materials and labor as the project proceeds, this may indicate a potential problem. Keep in mind that less expensive does not necessarily mean better!

Designation Identification

Letters after names are officially called “post-nominal letters.” They can be earned for a number of accomplishments. Like every profession, there are some Fly-by-Night, Hack contractors that give our industry a bad name. Nothing causes the blood to boil more than when a professional builder, remodeler, or trade contractor hears a story of a home or business owner being burned by a con-artists or unskilled worker.

The scammers and “wanna-bes” bring down the reputation of the industry and of the true professional who believes their career honorable, takes pride in their knowledge of the latest codes & products, and maintains a high-level of continuous education as represented by post-nominal letters.


COMMON DEGREES, CERTIFICATIONS, DESIGNATIONS, AND RECOGNITION:


Academia:

  • DBA – Doctor of Business Administration

  • M Arch – Master of Architecture

  • MBA – Master of Business Administration

  • PhD – Doctor of Philosophy

Construction:

  • CAPS – Certified Aging -in-Place Specialist

  • CGB – Certified Graduate Builder

  • CGP – Certified Green Professional

  • CGR – Certified Graduate Remodeler

GMB – Graduate Master Builder

  • GMR – Graduate Master Remodeler

  • HCCP – Housing Credit Certified Professional

  • PMP – Project Management Professional

Design:

  • AIA – American Institute of Architects

  • AICP – American Institute of Certified Planners

  • CID – Certified Interior Designer

  • CKD – Certified Kitchen Designer

  • EIT – Engineer in Training

  • LA – Landscape Architect

  • LC – Lighting Certified

  • LEED AP – Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design Accredited Professional

  • LS – Land Surveyor

  • PE – Professional Engineer

  • RA – Registered Architect

  • SIT – Surveyor in Training

Lending & Accounting:

  • CMC – Certified Mortgage Consultant

  • CPA – Certified Public Accountant

  • CRMS – Certified Residential Mortgage Specialist

  • GMA – General Mortgage Associate

Real Estate Sales:

  • ABR – Accredited Buyer’s Representative

  • CCIFP – Certified Construction Industry Financial Professional

  • CMP – Certified New Home Marketing Professional

  • CSP – Certified New Home Sales Professional

  • GAA – General Accredited Appraiser

  • MIRM – Master in Residential Marketing

  • RAA – Residential Accredited Appraiser

 

Downloadable Tools

New Member Application

Professional Women in Building Council Application

 

Resources for Contractors

Contractor Licensing Resources

1. Licensing

​Click on any of the following resources to get more information:


ALASKA STATE 2009 CONTRACTOR STATUTES


INTERNATIONAL CODE COUNCIL


HOW DO I A RECEIVE A RESIDENTIAL ENDORSEMENT?


RESIDENTIAL EXAM INFORMATION


TAKE A CLASS

2. Safety

When you work in the building industry, you need to be aware of how to protect yourself and your company from on-the-job accidents and injuries. Spend a moment on the Divison of Labor Standards and Safety webpage, then follow some of their Quick Links to see OSHA's Safety Pays calculator and more.

General Liability Insurance

IABA Members should check out

General Liability Insurance through the ALASKA BUILDERS INSURANCE COMPANY.


The Alaska Builders Insurance Program is an Alaskan-owned, exclusive general liability insurance program with preferential rates only for members of local home building associations throughout Alaska.


The program intends to reduce policy expenses for our members by minimizing the impact of insurance trends happening in the Lower 48.

Contractor and subcontractor members in good standing may qualify.

There is no minimum or maximum number (#) of employees necessary to qualify.

Benefits of the program include:

  • Stability of Pricing

  • Affordability of coverage.

  • Coverages that are restricted or unavailable elsewhere in Alaska.

  • Policyholders become minority shareholders in the program.

  • You may keep your current insurance broker.

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