Checking References

By Robert Robillard

Image: biblioragazzi.files Checking Contractor’s References To protect yourself, when hiring a contractor you should get into the habit of checking references.  This is an essential to finding and qualifying the right person for your project. Here are just a few questions to ask a contractors previous customers: Did they communicate well with the re modeler?…

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Nail Protection Plate

By Robert Robillard

Protect Plumbing Pipes With a Nail Stopping  Nail Protection Plate A nail protection plate helps prevent nails from piercing pipes and electrical lines after the plaster walls are installed and the finish trim is being applied.   Nail Protection Plates are typically installed over utilities that pass through framing members. Nail protection plates come in all…

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Satisfied Customers

By Robert Robillard

Image: musicforchange.com What YOU really want . . . in customer service is Satisfied Customers  Satisfied Customers is something we try to achieve and is important for the professionalism in the remodeling industry.  Customer satisfaction is a topic we find fascinating and one that some contractors overlook. Recently I posted a Customer Service Survey on my…

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Remodeling Contract

By Robert Robillard

Questions To Ask Before Signing A Remodeling Contract: Always ask for a detailed written contract, even for small projects. It will protect you and help ensure that you and the contractor understand the scope of the job and the price.  How long have you been in business?  Who will be assigned as project supervisor for…

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Air Compressor On Wheels

By Robert Robillard

Image: ralphdean.com My aching back . . . The older I get the more I look for better, faster, easier ways to do things.  Oh … and let’s not forget lighter!! The nail gun compressor, shown below, weighs approx. 68 lbs. Unfortunately it is not ergonomically designed and is a total bear to carry around…

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Marketing Plan

By Robert Robillard

Generating Business Leads With a Marketing Plan: As a remodeling contractor who has been fairly busy during the economic recession I can attribute my good fortune to a good work ethic, reputation and pro-active marketing efforts. A huge reason I have been able to stay busy is I have a plan in place to generate…

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Taking Professional Photos

By Robert Robillard

Taking Professional Remodeling Photos Let me start by saying that I am not a professional photographer, I’m a re-modeler.  We all have websites, some have blogs and most of us use email to communicate.  Taking Professional Photos of your work will lead to better exposure, a better looking website and more leads for your business. Potential…

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Check Contractor References

By Robert Robillard

7 Lies Contractors Like to Tell: So you want to remodel your home or have something big that needs fixing. Whether it’s installing new gutters, finding and repairing a basement plumbing leak, or adding on a new room, you’ll have to call a contractor to take care of the problem. But how will you know…

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