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Empty pockets—client won't pay. Photo: Pixabay

Photo: Pixabay

Once burned by a nonpaying client, contractors will find ways to make sure the experience isn't repeated

Direct mail vs email marketing. Photo: Flickr user RaHul Rodriguez (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Flickr user RaHul Rodriguez (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Experts say email marketing has, or will, supplant traditional direct mail—a key component in the marketing program of many home improvement companies

Zen Windows franchisees Brandon Mackie (foreground), Mak Sato (center), and  Matt Rotondi (rear), checking on their leads

While a few home improvement companies look to find a way to bypass the in-home sales appointment, one—Zen Windows—already has

Keeping up with online lead gen requires continuous attention. Photo: flickr user Foxcroft Academy, CC BY 2.0

Photo: flickr user Foxcroft Academy, CC BY 2.0

Online may be a major lead source for home improvement companies, but keeping up with it requires continuous effort and attention

How to handle unhappy customers; photo: flickr user Mark Mulligan

Photo: flickr user Mark Mulligan (CC BY 2.0)

The way a business handles complaints is a litmus test of company culture. How does yours fare? 

Construction jobsite accident causes chart, Jobsite accidents and what to do when they occur

You just got a phone call. What you hoped would never happen has happened. Now what do you do?

How to inform homeowners about the competition fairly

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The question of other contractors, and particularly competitors, may come up during a sales call. Don’t let the subject be a button-pusher.

Homeowner thinks price of remodeling work is too high, looks shocked

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It’s the most common—and for some sales reps, the most difficult—objection to closing business in home improvement, or any industry. Here’s how to respond.

Solar installers working on roof

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Solar can be a lucrative business for those adept at navigating the politics involved

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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