Management

preventing lost profits in remodeling

Use these tips to increase margins in 2019 

tundraland does a deck in a day program

The goal: sell a deck today and install it tomorrow. A year after launch, this remodeler’s sale-to-install cycle is down to seven days and counting. 

Moving from scarcity to specificity

The most successful remodeling companies today have changed how they look at sales and production

Solid growth happens after you take a hard look at your company’s strengths and weaknesses

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What they want from a company and a sales job is different from what those of similar age in the past were looking for

Four pillars of one company's proven hiring process

Hiring a recruiter

Hiring a professional recruiting firm can help remodelers find qualified workers. Here's what you need to know. 

How deck builders weigh potential liability against the needs of budget-conscious homeowners who just want a repair

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One of the top stories for 2017 was architect Doug Walter's article on evidence-based kitchen-lighting design. (Photo: Pexels)

Dormers, kitchen and bath lighting, and roofing warranties were among the topics most sought after this past year

Succession planning and passing the “bus test” ought to be a priority for every remodeling company owner

Ads list what they want in a candidate, but nothing about what they offer

The season of giving may be a good time to evaluate how charitable contributions figure into your company’s business model

Product selection is taking longer and longer. Here’s how to guide the process.

Design meetings that involve every employee generate better results and a deeper understanding of the project

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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