Covington, GA--Through the Neighborhood Stabilization Program, five homes in Newton County are set to receive makeovers and will soon house new families.

The Newton County Board of Commissioners agreed last week to hire Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS) to conduct the scope of work in order to find the estimated costs to rehabilitate the five homes.

County planning and GIS consultant Scott Sirotkin said IBTS was the sole bidder and will be awarded the contract for an amount that is not to exceed $6,000. IBTS is a nonprofit that offers housing inspection services for state and local governments. The organization has more than 150 code and inspection compliance experts, building inspectors and other industry specialists.

Commissioner Nancy Schulz asked that since the company is based in Virginia, if the county will work with someone local. Sirotkin said he will be in touch will a representative based in Macon who will organize the inspections.

“We’re in the final steps to complete this project. With five homes left, we need to fix them up and then find families who can purchase them,” Sirotkin said. “We’re still partnered with the Habitat for Humanity who will begin to recruit quickly so we need to have these houses ready for sale.”

Once IBTS identifies the scope of work that needs to be done to the houses, the county will issue another request for proposals for the contractors to finish the rehab needed.

The houses to be renovated are located at the following addresses:

• 45 Trelawney Ave.

• 370 Crestfield Circle

• 75 Chandler Trace

• 418 Smith Store Road

• 455 Freeman Drive