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Handle These Five Headaches Before the Remodel

Once your clients hand you a remodeling job, it’s entirely up to you to turn their visions into a reality. Of course, even with the skills and resources you have, it’s not always possible to get started and complete the project at your own pace—sometimes, little headaches pop up that stall your remodel or even leave it in a standstill. As you know, you can’t foresee everything.

Before Crafting Your 2018 Budget, Ask Yourself These Questions

With the next year coming in just a couple of months, you all are working on your budget for 2018, right? If not, you should be. How can you get where you want to go if you don’t know where you are going? What can make budgeting more compelling is crafting a simple set of understandings as the basis for your business. These understandings will help you build a simple business plan, which makes budgeting for the next year easier and more compelling.

'Super Pantries' Keep the Kitchen Clean

Convenience and functionality are behind a new idea in kitchen design that is growing in popularity with many different types of home buyers. Much like the trend of larger showers a decade ago, I see the footprint of the pantry space growing in upcoming years. New homeowners are gravitating to upgrading this space to hide everyday messes in order to keep a clean, welcoming look in the kitchen.

Are You Missing-Out on These Project Opportunities?

Yale University weather researchers say 2017 is shaping up to be “… among the hottest years of the observational record. ” That’s no surprise to any contractor active with outdoor remodeling projects. With all this talk of summer heat, it makes sense to keep energy efficiency in mind when pitching project quotes. “I think it’s the easiest conversation for a pro to have with a prospective customer.

Must-Haves for a Comprehensive Contract

Unless you have someone on staff who can do a Vulcan mind-meld with your customer, odds are you and your potential client will clash about something you thought you had agreed on. When that happens, you’re almost certain to refer to the contract, so the better it is, the greater the likelihood that you’ll avoid problems later. Dennis Dixon, a builder and consultant based in Flagstaff, Ariz.

How to Write a Small-Job Proposal

Some things to keep in mind when preparing a small job “proposal. ” Keep It Simple While Being CompleteI agree that you don’t want to overwhelm the client with too much detail. However, you want to protect yourself and your company from being regarded by the client as not giving them enough detail. Address the EssentialsA good proposal and estimate addresses these questions: What is the problem to be fixed?

For this Contractor, Efficiency and Teamwork Pay Off

Top Job Volume, Replacement ContractorsLeafFilter North, Hudson, Ohio550 Rank: #3 Editor's Note: This is one of eight profiles honoring outstanding firms on the Remodeling 550. To read the rest of the profiles, click here. It seems only appropriate that LeafFilter North, the No. 3 Specialty Remodeler, sponsors a NASCAR team. Just like the crews in the pits, LeafFilter is all about being a well-oiled machine.

Sales Strategies For Custom Builders

The strengths of a home builder’s skill set typically include being adept at assessing risk, entitling land, securing permits, negotiating with finance people, and, of course, managing construction. But selling tends to be the weak link. Sales consultant and author Jeff Shore says that the advice he first gives his builder clients who are looking to improve in this area is to decide what you are.