January 3, 2020

Hillsborough Builder Appointed to Licensure Board

The Honorable Roy Cooper, Governor of the State of North Carolina appoints Hillsborough NC Custom Home Builder, Chad D. Collins to the North Carolina Home Inspector Licensure Board.

Governor Cooper states “Placing special trust and confidence in {Collins Design-Build President, Chad Collins} integrity and knowledge, and by virtue of the authority vested in me by law, I hereby appoint Chad D. Collins Member of the North Carolina Home Inspector Licensure Board and hereby confer upon {Chad Collins} all the rights, privileges and powers useful and necessary to discharge {Chad Collins} duties faithfully and in a manner proper with this appointment”.

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With kind regards, Governor Cooper states “I am grateful for your willingness to serve the people of North Carolina. Your leadership and commitment to this Commission are key to our efforts to strengthen our communities and improve the quality of life for our people”.

Chad was highly recommended on behalf of the almost 14,000-member firms which comprise the North Carolina Home Builders Association as a nomination to the seat on the Council pursuant to G.S. 143-151.46(a)(3) and required to be filled by a “licensed general contractor appointed by the Governor”.

NCHBA Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Mike Carpenter writes, “Chad, who holds an unlimited general contractor’s license, is the owner of Collins Design-Build, Inc., in Durham which is one of the Triangle’s premier custom-building firms which he has operated since 1997. Prior establishing his own firm, he gained extensive experience with several highly respected regional and national building companies. Chad served as the 2016 President of the Home Builders Association of Durham, Orange and Chatham Counties. He has also served the North Carolina Home Builders Association in various positions including Regional Vice President for five years. He holds numerous professional certifications including NCBI Accredited Master Builder, Master Certified Green Professional, and Aging-In-Place Specialist. In 2014, he was named the “Certified Green Home Builder of the Year” by the National Association of Home Builders.”

“In addition to being a licensed general contractor, Chad is also licensed as a home inspector which makes him uniquely qualified for this position. Chad has also written and taught several courses both for NAHB and the NCHBA. His varied experience, as well as his keen interest in the home inspection profession, prepares him well for service on this important licensing board”, Carpenter continued.

In the Collins Design Realty Conference Room located in the Hillsborough/Orange County Chamber of Commerce, and with The Town Of Hillsborough Mayor Tom Stevens as official witness, Chad Collins officially signed the Oath Of Office to maintain and defend the Constitution of North Carolina.

When asked for a statement, Chad briefly offered: “As only the third appointee to fill the General Contractor seat in the history of the NCHILB, obviously this is a great honor. I look forward to the challenge ahead to help keep the Standards of Practice relevant, of value and reasonable to both the Licensee and clients”.

Home Inspector Durham

It’s a smart idea to have a home inspection done before you purchase any new home in the Durham area. Home inspections will reveal any potential issues that might prove costly to repair in the future.  Even if you are planning to buy a new home for sale in Durham, NC, you should still complete a home inspection before you buy. Chad Collins of Collins Design-Build can perform your comprehensive and non-invasive home inspection for you before you buy a new home. Here are 8 reasons from why you should consider a home inspection before you buy:

1. New home builders can resolve items found during a home inspection prior to closing. After your purchase is complete, any problems that occur to your new home will go through the builder’s claim process, which will take much longer to process and involve a separate warranty division.

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2. A home inspection will highlight minor items before they become major problem. Some new homes for sale in Durham, NC might have undetected roof or plumbing leaks. If leaks are not caught ahead of time, they could cause wood rot, mold growth, or other costly issues.

3. All appliances, HVAC, electrical outlets, lights, wiring in panel boxes, etc. will be inspected and tested prior to moving in. Repairs can then be completed before furniture and other items are moved into your home.

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4. Home inspectors, like Chad Collins, will thoroughly inspect attics and tight crawl spaces that most homeowners or county inspectors will not.

5. Most counties do not have enough inspectors to spend more than a limited amount of time on new construction inspections. However, independent home inspectors like Chad Collins will take more time to inspect your home on a more detailed basis.

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6. A good new home builder in Durham, like Collins Design-Build, appreciates a good home inspection. A second set of qualified eyes ensures quality construction of the new homes for sale in Durham, NC. As a home inspector himself, Chad Collins will make sure your new home is well built with unparalleled attention to detail and craftsmanship.

8. A home inspection is the cheapest “insurance” that a homeowner can buy to protect their home investment. A detailed, computer generated home inspection report with digital photos is a valuable reference for years to come.


About the Builder:

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Chad & Emilee Collins

An unlimited licensed general contractor as well as a licensed home inspector, Hillsborough NC custom home builder Chad Collins transforms clients’ dreams into elegant, fashionable, timeless homes while maintaining a reputation for skilled craftsmanship, superior quality, and incomparable client service. Collins Design-Build is consistently ranked by the Triangle Business Journal as one of the top custom home builders in the Triangle.

Chad’s commitment to excellence has earned Collins Design-Build numerous top industry awards, including the National Certified Green Professional Builder of the Year, the Durham, Orange & Chatham Counties Home Builder of the Year, and twice awarded the coveted Triangle Sales and Marketing Council’s MAME Building Company of the Year. Chad is one of fewer than 50 Accredited Master Builders in the state of North Carolina.

From the outset of his career, Chad quickly impressed others with his professionalism, integrity, and astute operations management skills. While in high school and college, Chad worked part time with home improvement retailers and building material suppliers, which opened opportunities to work for regional and national home builders throughout much of the 1990s. Chad capitalized on these experiences with local and regional builders to acquire considerable industry knowledge and to forge strong relationships.

Earlier in his career, Chad served as a team leader to local and regional production home builders, distinguishing him by developing processes, tools, and quality-driven teams that improved ROI, cut annual costs, reduced project completion time, and decreased attrition. As a result, Chad advanced to increasingly through management positions. Evidence of his talent for coaching and leading teams is that several of his team members and craftsmen he developed relationships with decades ago continue to work with him to this day.

Following that success, Chad was recruited by a national builder opening operations in the Triangle, and he played an important role in helping the company establish operations with a market presence in the region. His efforts in closing just under $6,000,000 in custom homes in a single year earned Chad the 2001 Builder of the Year award.

Chad has earned the highest designations available, such as Accredited Master Builder, Master Certified Green Professional, and Aging-in-Place Specialist. Among other industry recognition’s, the company has received multiple Best Green Built Home NCHBA STARS Awards, Major Renovation Awards and the coveted Parade of Homes GOLD Award.

Prior to being elected as the President of the Home Builders Association of Durham, Orange & Chatham Counties, serving over 600 members, Chad was nominated to a five-year term with the North Carolina Home Builders Association as regional vice president; serving the largest territory region in the nation. Chad was elected as the Board of Directors President of the Hillsborough/Orange County Chamber of Commerce 2019 and 2020.

Throughout his career, he has served on various boards of directors and has earned numerous top awards for membership recruitment from the Home Builders Association of Durham, Orange, and Chatham Counties; the North Carolina Home Builders Association; the National Association of Home Builders; the Triangle Community Coalition; and the Hillsborough/Orange County Chamber of Commerce. In 2018 North Carolina Governor appointed Chad to the North Carolina Home Inspectors Licensing Board as Treasurer.

Chad is honored to be an approved speaker for the National Association of Home Builders Chad has written and taught several courses on green building as well as project management to fellow builders across the Southern United States. He has also instructed for Duke University’s OLLI Continuing Education Program, serving as the Aging-in-Place Specialist. The North Carolina Licensing Board For General Contractors recognizes Chad as an approved Continuing Education Instructor.

For more information and how Hillsborough NC Collins Design-Build may serve you please connect with us through the following:

  • Home Building/Remodeling/Additions/ Consultations:

Collins Design-Build, Inc.

  • To find a lot or land / Buy or sell existing Real Estate:

Emilee Collins, REALTOR

  • To learn more about Aging In Place or how to make your existing home accessible:

Planning Tomorrow

  • Have your existing home painted by our award winning professionals:

Acento Painting, LLC

Chad direct line 919-422-2818  | Chad’s Email

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