Alternatively, remodelers and contractors should consider buying their own customized Web sites. These sites can help showcase your firm's major projects, customer testimonials, areas of expertise and specialization, as well as training and awards.
Russel Caldwell, CGR, GMB, of Caldwell Construction Inc. in Springfield, Mo., explains how his company deals with labor issues.
Remodelers don’t have to spend a fortune to promote their businesses.
Stan Ehrlich is leaving remodeling to start a financial-planning company and offers lessons he has learned during the past 15 years.
Remodelers serious about quality in customer satisfaction already have the post-construction survey in their arsenal.
The overwhelming majority of midlife and older Americans want to remain in their homes as long as possible, according to an AARP survey called “Fixing to Stay.”
I feel challenged in my business by the multitude of questions, information and advice.
Westhill Inc. gives customers personal attention long after their remodeling projects are done.
Paul Sullivan, CGR: Certified Graduate Remodeler Profile
Tom Swartz, CGR and owner of J.J. Swartz Co. in Decatur, Ill., knows a thing or two about selling. His third-generation remodeling business has annual sales of $5 million. Swartz offers 10 tips for choosing first-rate salespeople.
Last year, remodeler John Maka laid out his key concerns for keeping his business successful and growing. His worries focused on some of the typical difficulties that remodelers face: finding qualified labor, paying competitive wages, organizing and sc...
A professional remodeler, one who is financially successful and whose business is stable, “knows his numbers.” That means the company’s financial health can be determined by examining the profit and loss statement, general ledger and other reports.
Team building. An image of an Outward Bound-type adventure may spring to mind: co-workers shooting through churning rapids, rowing their oars in unison.
Pat Franz, president of Chicago-based Clairmont Ltd., considers his laptop computer to be a 'must-have' tool. He takes it wherever he goes, whether to the office, a sales meeting or a jobsite. When used in combination with his Palm Pilot and his portab...
When candidates apply for a job at Stronghold Construction in Boise, Idaho, they face a dilemma unlike that confronted at almost any other company. They have to determine if they're a lion, otter, golden retriever or beaver.
Even in the scorching 100-degree summer of Las Vegas, remodeling work doesn’t stop. Elaine Martin, managing partner of Michael T. Martin General Contractors, offers advice to remodelers who must manage employees working in summer heat.
Paul Sullivan, CGR, The Sullivan Co., Newton Highlands, Mass
Raymond McNealy, vice president of Rockville, Md.-based McNealy Corp., took three months and several hundred working hours to choose the right designer for his remodeling business’s Web site.
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