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  • My Piano Teacher's Advice Helps Me Run My Remodeling Business

    Not only do I lack any particular talent for playing the piano, but I didn’t even start taking lessons until early middle age — far too late to develop the neural pathways I’d need to play well.

  • Getting Certified for Home Energy Audits

    As the owner of a small remodeling and handyman company (nearly $1 million annual sales before the downturn), I’ve always been careful to stay focused on our core offerings — bathrooms, kitchens, basements, and small jobs ranging from two-hour service calls to week-long “honey do” lists.

  • Financial Statements: Above or Below-the-Line Costs

    In recent years I’ve spent a lot of time speaking to and consulting with builders and remodelers, big and small, and I’ve noted that there’s often confusion about what types of costs go where on a financial statement.

  • Streamlining Kitchen Remodels

    We run a full-service remodeling company with a division solely dedicated to kitchen and bathroom remodels.

  • Before You Drop Your Prices, Read This

    Has it ever occurred to you that dropping your prices to stay in business could put you out of business? Many contractors tell me they’ve had to drop their prices to remain competitive in today’s market. They just know they’re losing jobs because the “other guy” is cheaper.

  • Is the Lead Carpenter System for You?

    In this article, I’ll address the most common questions I’ve been asked by company owners who are implementing their own lead carpenter system.

  • Boosting Revenue With Change Orders

    Clearly, change orders are a vital piece of our business model, and they don’t just happen by accident. We lay the groundwork for changes by keeping clients happy and informed throughout the job process. Dissatisfied customers, we know, are unlikely to authorize additional work.

  • Bloomington-Normal, Ill.

    Despite the recession, there are shovels at the ready and cranes in the air around Bloomington and Normal, which are pushing green design.

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  • Are Your Contracts Bulletproof?

    Effective July 1, 2009, the state of Pennsylvania will require a written contract for nearly every construction task in or around a residence — even minor repair work like repainting or reroofing.