Best Practices

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Five tips for overcoming common pitfalls when working with allowances

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A step-by-step breakdown for sales managers from a leading remodeler

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The finished design, with more than twice the square footage of the original, truly takes advantage of the home’s location.

This California remodel, with its unique layout, will maximize the perks (and views) of coastal living

 

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

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. 

consider these questions before purchasing digital solutions for your company

Even today, many smaller companies don’t take advantage of software solutions. A study from Fit Small Business revealed that no single type of software category had a full 50 percent usage rate. The highest ranked—accounting-based programs—was at 49.8 percent. The most common reason given for not purchasing the software was cost, yet the efficiency gained by using the right tools will pay back the initial investment many times over.

Consider these questions before purchasing digital solutions for your company

professional remodeler adding a space between exterior wall and roof for efficiency

Whether you use trusses or rafters, creating space above exterior walls will improve energy performance

remodeler made a concrete countertop on his first try

Guts, grout, and happy accidents make concrete countertops that look like stone—at least to non-geologists

There is no faster, more effective way to develop empathy with your clients’ experience than to become a remodeling client yourself

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

Tightening this complex intersection of framing materials

Tradeoffs are a fact of life for remodeling Clients. To make good decisions, they need information...all of it.

It's rare to find lighting guidelines backed up by documented field testing

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The solution to handling stress often lies in better time management

A few easy-to-learn prompts combined with strong listening skills can help increase your close rate and avoid unhappy clients 

In a tightly air-sealed house, a mechanical ventilation system ensures a healthy exchange of fresh air

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The home’s living room has the same footprint as pre-renovation, although it has been updated with new moldings and paint, as well as engineered hardwood flooring. The variegated wood plank and parquet floors are in the hallway, living and dining rooms. 

The New American Remodeled home’s interior shows off the latest products and technologies

computer lighting model

A computer lighting model converts input (such as ceiling and counter height, fixture and lamp type, surface color and reflectance, etc.) into both 2D output showing projected fc levels at every point on a 2x2 grid (above right), and a 3D model of the room showing the effects of the lighting plan (above). Current light levels at the island (right) are more than three times the 15 fc readings taken before the kitchen remodel.

Real-world footcandle readings shine a light on the importance of recessed fixture size, lamp type, and fixture location

Many remodelers don’t know how to talk about chemical sensitivity

He found out that asking for the sale was a lot easier when it followed all the other steps in the selling system.

Service issues are a touchy but inevitable part of the window replacement business.

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