Management

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.

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

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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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

Three steps to mastering something new: Learn it, do it, then teach it
 

This simple checklist will help you plan for a successful 2018 

Write stuff down if youre a remodeler

This is one way for remodelers to streamline operations and align expectations—just make sure you provide enough detail

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Some of the most successful companies in home improvement are partnerships, but not every partnership is destined for success. (Photo: Pixabay)

Business partnerships in the home improvement industry can be golden—provided you take the necessary steps

four remodelers thoughts on transparency in pricing in the home improvement industry

Four remodeling industry veterans’ thoughts on transparency

Home Advisor

From a commercial as part of the "Just Ask Home Advisor" marketing campaign, which challenges the friends-and-family referral concept. 

A $500 million merger aimed at stomping out the relevance of friends and family referrals

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