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dreammaker franchise owner survived recession and gives advice

In 2007, DreamMaker Ogden won Franchise of the Year for their concerted effort to help veterans and seniors with special needs remodel their kitchens and baths. Nate Coombs (middle) was in a sales role at the time, where he worked under his father and learned firsthand how a tanking economy can disrupt the remodeling industry.

Four DreamMaker remodelers share what they learned from surviving the recession

know when to say no to a remodeling client

The prequalifying questionnaire also provides an opportunity to preview homeowners’ communication style

Taking on the wrong remodeling job can hurt your profits and company morale. But how do you know when a project isn’t a good fit?

selling a division of your remodeling company to an employee can be good

Selling a division to a trusted employee like Jason DeLong (pictured here) gives peace of mind that your hard work will be in good hands.

You’re ready to sell part of your remodeling business, and an employee is interested in buying. But where do you start?

Half of his team quit over a single two-week period. The loss was devastating. 

remodeler puts on ktichen addition

Room remodels (such as kitchens) will remain popular, while larger additions will continue to decline, so adjust accordingly.

Understanding these changes in the market will help you position your business

Remodeling business owners reveal how they keep their production teams from being poached by other companies

remodelers working when they're working and resting when they're off

Allowing employees to be 100% "off" when they're not at work helps ensure that they're bringing full effort to their jobs.

How to implement a process for productive work hours and quality time off

A detailed look at how much production teams are paid in different markets around the country 

looking up remodeling info

The most effective job posts are 3,000–5,000 characters, and include enough detail for respondents to get a strong sense of the job and company culture. Image courtesy georgejmclittle / stock.adobe.com

How to write job postings for a remodeling company that will attract the right candidates

 

headhunter choosing a candidate

Outsourcing your hiring efforts puts recruiting in the hands of specialists

Adopting a few simple business habits can make a huge difference 

There’s an aspect of workplace culture that I don’t hear discussed. 

hiring the right kind of person for a remodeling home improvement company

Use these tips to test whether an applicant has the skills and dedication for the job

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If your backlog is bumping up against a labor shortage, converting subcontractors to payroll employees might make sense. Here’s what that process entails.

One way to combat the labor shortage is by using methods—such as modular construction—that require fewer workers and less time. Modular builds have picked up steam in the commercial market and many are predicting a slow, but steady, increase on the residential side as well. Installing a custom modular addition typically takes less than half the time as building an addition on site. 

The coming year will bring faster paced, more significant change across multiple areas of the remodeling market 

Power Home Remodeling Group employees cheer on Pitbull at a concert thrown by the company. 

How four unrelated companies became distinguished voices in a crowded industry

Pro Remodeler is taking on an ambitious project this year, with the goal of benefiting the industry

millennial man & woman with phones

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What they want from a company and a sales job is different from what those of similar age in the past were looking for

Four pillars of one company's proven hiring process

Hiring a recruiter

Hiring a professional recruiting firm can help remodelers find qualified workers. Here's what you need to know. 

Ads list what they want in a candidate, but nothing about what they offer

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