example of specifications for a remodeling project by Otagawa-Anschel Design+Build

In some cases, specs are separate documents detailing product choices and installation practices. In other instances, the remodeler will put as much product info as will fit on the blueprints. This example is from Otogawa-Anschel Design+Build, in Minneapolis. 

Project specification documents have a big impact on a remodeler’s profit. Follow these guidelines to make sure they’re detailed, clear, and accurate. 

The risk-reward nature of fixed-price contracts may not be the best fit for today’s design-build market 

noncompete agreement

As more employers make use of noncompetes, courts find that these restrictive agreements are going beyond the bounds of original intent

Over the past few months, Amazon made a bold move in the home services space

It's going to affect a lot of your materials 

remodelrs had a lot of work after hurricane harvey

Hurricane Harvey displaced 39,000 people and damaged over 200,000 homes. 

If you have an addition coming up and you're in Houston, take note

Large walk in showers are popular in remodeling

2017's No. 1 feature was No. 4 in 2016

joint center for housing studies data

Data selections provided by researchers from Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies give new insight into a changing industry 

The remodeling market is strong, but are you ready to take advantage of it? Take this simple fitness test to see if you’re properly positioned for growth. 

Keep It Simple: People are motivated by clearly defined pay structures. If your percentages need to change based on volume or tiers, keep the tiers to a minimum and inform salespeople how they are doing on a monthly basis. 

Rather than searching for a one-size-fits-all pay plan, use big-picture tactics to keep teams motivated

finding the right remodeling sales person

It’s great to have sales experience, but rounding it out with production experience makes a big difference. Show your sales team the effort it takes to solve differences between design and execution to help them anticipate and address problems earlier. 

Let go of hiring the perfect candidate. Instead, hire potential and train to perfection.

A new book by an industry author helps contractors with time management

In this bathroom for a master suite addition to a Tudor-style home, most of the daylight comes from two north-facing skylights.

Part of a master suite addition to a Tudor-style home in Denver, most of the daylight comes from two north-facing skylights. A monochromatic palette of light colors was chosen, with a contrasting dark stain used for “his” vanity to make it feel more masculine. Interior designer: Kristi Dinner, KD Design; general contractor: Coggeshall Construction

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