While most contractors would prefer working to a predictable and accurate calendar, the reality is that many remodelers put little faith in scheduling. Instead, they believe that after the first day on the job, things will change so much that any fixed plan will become useless. On the other hand, those same remodelers are unlikely to look their customers in the eye and tell them it's impossible to deliver a project on time or on budget.

Detailed scheduling allows our company to effectively use all of our resources -- not only our tools and equipment, but also our subcontractors and, of course, our own staff. We provide a complete schedule to each client, every sub, and all our staff for every project that we do. The schedule is put together by our production manager, Kate, who...

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