Recent Blog Posts

Flood Catastrophe: 15 Coping Strategies for Remodelers

Whether you are dealing with Hurricane Harvey or a future weather catastrophe, any of us could find ourselves in the chaos of a destructive storm. If/when it happens, brace yourselves. Have a plan in place and be ready to respond. As I write this, Hurricane Harvey has raged through Texas. It is now a tropical storm that is flooding a widespread area. The coming days and months are going to stressful for remodeling contractors serving flooded areas, as well as our homeowner victims.

Don't Want to Take Small Jobs? You Should. Here's How to Do Them While Keeping the Big Projects

Many remodeling companies and custom home builders have a niche. Some companies love the big jobs. Some prefer more modest work. The one thing that most companies don’t like to deal with are the service jobs, the tiny jobs, that good clients call with. If you don’t want to deal with service jobs, then don’t do the meat-and-potato projects. Your clients look to you and your company to provide them with solutions to their problems. The fact is you should be happy they feel that way about your company!

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.

Home Builder Marketing: Beyond The Business Card

With no model homes to show or an in-house sales team to troll for new business, custom home builders rely on reputation to sell themselves to prospective clients. So their standard marketing tool is the business card, which hopefully gets passed along by a previous client to relatives or friends. But custom builders actually can have much more in their marketing arsenal than merely word of mouth. John Abrams says his clients do the marketing for South Mountain Company, West Tisbury, Mass.

Should Radios Be Banned on the Jobsite?

A recent survey polled 730 builders and found more than 80% of them had no policy prohibiting workers from enjoying their favorite tunes while on the job. Among the 18% that do ban radios, some cited basic safety as a reason while other said radios interfered with communication and made it harder to complete jobs on time. "Music for the most part is a major distraction at a job site," one respondent wrote.

How to Approach a Project Started By Another Contractor

Sometimes homeowners will contact you about a particular project that is half way completed. Usually the owner is unhappy with the work their current designer or contractor is doing and will ask you to take over and complete the project. In order to start construction again, most firms will evaluate the existing conditions, request any additional permits, purchase materials if needed, and then begin construction.

Protect Your Jobsite Crews From the Summer Heat

On a jobsite in Kingsville, Texas, in August 2013, a worker was mixing gypsum concrete in preparation for gypcrete installation on an apartment building. It’s not a particularly taxing job, but he was doing it in direct sunlight. “He wasn’t training or doing anything that involved a lot of lifting or climbing,” says Holly Webster, director of administration at Texas-based KWA Construction, which served as the general contractor on the job.

10 Tips for Getting More Leads From Home Shows

For most home improvement companies, generating leads and sales at home shows and events is a key part of the marketing plan. Some companies are better at this than others. What sets them apart? It isn’t having the best product. It isn’t a beautiful display. It isn’t giving away swag. Everyone does those things. The most important ingredient in a successful home show is your staff.