Sal Alfano is executive editor for Professional Remodeler. firstname.lastname@example.org, 202.365.9070
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Did the homeowners insist on their misguided vision, or were the remodelers simply clueless to the harm they were inflicting?
Three carpenters come clean about their injuries from using “bump nailers”—nail guns with contact triggers
Tips for making a perfect joint where wood meets brick or other irregular surfaces
It’s easier to prevent something from happening than it is to repair the damage after the fact
Built-up deck beams create seams that collect water and inhibit drying. Using spacers between 2-bys creates an airspace that promotes drainage and speeds drying.
If your estimates are accurate, but you’re still losing money, it could be a miscalculated markup. Here’s how to correct your mistake.
When most people call, it’s to talk with a person. Why, then, do automated phone menus offer every option under the sun except that one?
There’s more than one way to calculate quantities for curved slabs and tube forms. We review the standard math, add a shortcut, and throw in a cheat sheet for good measure.
The larger the management team, the more latency there is in the network. Success depends on the people, the systems they use, and how often they use them.
It was too obvious to miss.
At the rate technology is changing, early adopters will succeed at the expense of remodelers who take a wait-and-see approach.
I was focused on my job, relying on remodeling pros to be focused on theirs. Maybe I got too much of a good thing.
Winemakers wait years for their creations to mature. Remodelers get more immediate feedback—every new project is like pulling the cork on a new vintage.
A written daily log of the who, what, and when of job progress is a good business-survival tool. Audio recordings are even better ... when they’re legal.
When more work becomes too much work, it often leads to less profit, not more
Mistakes happen, but a big mistake creates fallout in proportion to the authority of the person who makes it
Take care of your body now, and it will take care of you later
The risk-reward nature of fixed-price contracts may not be the best fit for today’s design-build market
Instead of resisting client requests for a cost breakdown, Michael Anschel lays all his cards on the table. It sounds like a nightmare but it works like a dream.
There is no faster, more effective way to develop empathy with your clients’ experience than to become a remodeling client yourself