Working Efficiently

By Robert Robillard

Working Efficiently in the Trades Working efficiently in the residential construction world does not mean hauling lumber and building materials around, up, down, and all around.  Stuff like that is time-consuming and takes a toll on your body. Setting up a job site to run smoothly, methodically and efficiently takes place prior to the job…

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How to Work With Your Contractor

By Robert Robillard

Working With A Contractor Establishing and maintaining good working relationships is important to all of us in life and also in the remodeling process. Many of us consider ourselves calm, reasonable and understanding people but remodeling our homes can stress out even the most Zen like of us. You know what I mean, that old…

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6 Tips On Prioritizing

By Robert Robillard

  Time Management & Productivity ORGANIZE, FOCUS, GET-ER DONE!!!!! I have a contractor friend that is always “behind the eight ball” when it comes paying his taxes, his bills, or getting out estimates. This doesn’t usually bother me unless he’s unable to make a scheduled sport event, dinner or function because, “he’s swamped.” Then I…

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Developing Repeat Business

By Robert Robillard

Repeat Customers Are Key In this economy of bankruptcy and unemployment, it’s been very difficult developing repeat business.  For me, that means finding new remodeling clients. Now more than ever is a time for re-modelers to take a step back and look to their past clients as their most lucrative and successful leads.  Take the…

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US Children’s Blood Lead Levels are Declining

By Robert Robillard

BLOOD LEAD LEVELS DECLINING, BUT CHILDREN STILL AT RISK FOR LEAD POISONING As a residential re-modeler one of my concerns when working on a home is the presence of lead paint. The good news is that in the US Children’s blood lead levels are declining. Lead Dust And The body An April 2003 issue of…

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