Business

For a company that sells $5 million or more, someone besides the owner should be managing the salesforce. Here’s what to consider when hiring a sales manager.

A well-run remodeling company needs to be good at marketing 

Brian Elias, who sold his business 1-800-Hansons

A look at the strategies that went into the sale of 1-800-Hansons

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. 

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Social media, a tight job market, and advancing technology give remodelers cause to rethink their companies’ adaptability

Kira Obermeier and Ariel Darmoni of 123 Remodeling in Chicago discuss a project 

Until we rehabilitate our industry’s sexist reputation, it will be hard to attract women to our vocation

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A big-ticket multi-family project can look super-tempting, but many siding contractors would rather not bid it

Tolerating or ignoring sexual harassment could toxify your workplace and set you up for a lawsuit

The city of Austin

Austin, Texas, fights to keep its citizens in place and well-housed

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An idea that went from crazy to genious in 16 games

Meadowlark Design + Build uses this clear graphic to bring homeowners up to speed on what's involved in a remodeling project

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New 3-D Design software that keeps you (even further) ahead of the curve

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Homeowners are often shocked to discover that the roofing company that installed their new roof or repaired their old one is out of business

The more detailed and transparent you are in your bid, the more likely you are to get a signature on a contract

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From tracking time to organizing jobs to finding inspiration, these apps belong in your digital toolbox

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Photos: JackF / stock.adobe.com 

How to spot the telltale signs that a client is going to cause trouble 

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Photos: top and bottom right, Tomislav forgo / stock.adobe.com; right, Joshua Rainey / stock.adobe.com; bottom left, Jo Ann Snover / stock.adobe.com 

The line between doing business and committing fraud is thinner than you think 

Turns out punctuation matters in remodeling, too—particularly when it comes to finances and legal matters

As technology innovations proliferate, those who use them first will win

When it comes to selling windows, some companies believe something is better than nothing
 

Contractor attitudes toward the social media giant vary from enthusiastic to dismissive
 

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