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Home Improvements – Making Up Your Mind to Begin Your Project

Getting up the nerve to begin your home improvement project can be exasperating to say the least. One moment you’re gung-ho and ready to tackle the next minute you’re almost suffering from anxiety attacks.
But you shouldn’t allow these roller coaster feelings to continue to prevent you from doing what you really want to do. And besides, after almost a quarter of a century as a home improvement contractor, I sometimes still get these same feelings.
It remind me of the butterflies I would get just before kick-off, when I was playing football back in the day. So, if you are having uneasy feelings and doubting yourself, just put your foot down and make a commitment to start the job immediately and do it. Don’t get caught up worrying about making mistakes because mistakes are really nothing more than growing pains. That’s right. We all are human and we all make mistakes, but you can profit from your mistakes and turn those bloopers into building blocks.
Never give up on yourself before you even give it a try. First, take the necessary time to get all the information you can from as many reputable sources available and immerse yourself in it. Try to obtain all the knowledge you can about whatever task you will be performing and prepare to follow those instructions completely.
Remember, even if the outcome is less than perfect you still are to be commended for overcoming your fears and going forward with your project. And you are the better for it too. Let this be a spring board for future references. No matter the outcome you really have succeeded and deserves to be congratulated for it.
One note of caution in closing, always use common sense and do not jeopardize your safety and the safety of others by attempting to do a dangerous job that should only be done by licensed professionals. And always call a reputable contractor if in doubt about anything at all. And be sure to check with your local officials concerning codes, regulations and licensing permits. Thank you and good luck.

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Attn: Contractors: Create a Stress-Free Experience For Homeowners Using These Five Simple Tips

Building or renovating a home can be stressful for your customers. That’s because having a contractor in is just another activity happening in an already busy household. Your customer may be juggling a stressful job, nightly little league practices, a sick pet, or a score of other issues. And now that they’ve decided to have work done to their home, they’ll have to add “inaccessible home” to their itinerary of things to deal with. It all can get very overwhelming for your customer.
Whether you’re a plumber, electrician, home builder or remodeler, it’s important to keep in mind that you do this kind of stuff everyday; for your customer, this may be a once-in-a-lifetime event. And they’re going to stress out about it. Here are five ways to show your customer a little TLC during a home renovation to keep them-and you-stress-free.
1. Educate them from the start
As a contractor, you’re used to the steps involved in a home renovation. They might include things like inspecting the home, pulling a permit, contacting the local code department, and ordering supplies from vendors. You have a system in place that allows you to get jobs done on time and within budget. Your homeowner customer, however, only knows that they want their bathroom remodeled. They may not know all the steps involved or how you get from A to B, so it’s important to educate them from the start. Advice? The minute they sign on the dotted line, hand them a checklist of all the steps you’ll be taking to renovate their home with a brief description of each step. Not only will it avoid confusion later, but allowing your customer to follow along and cross completed steps off the list will let them know that progress is being made. And of course, answer any and all questions they have.
2. Avoid industry lingo
As a contractor you’re used to throwing around words like “below grade,” “back nailing,” and “blind stop.” It’s easy to forget that the homeowner may have no idea what those terms mean. The best way to confuse them and make them stress out even more is to use industry lingo when describing their project without an explanation. Try to avoid slang around your customer, unless he is educated about your line of work. Describing each step and the parts needed for each step in a way they understand (without belittling their intelligence) goes a long way in maintaining a healthy working relationship with your customer.
3. Slow down and spend the time
When it comes to remodeling a home, things can move pretty quickly. You may have to wait for a permit to be accepted, for example, but once it is, it’s off to the races! As a contractor you’ll be ready to pick up the pace and get the project on its way. But slow down a minute. Now that you’re ready to move full-steam ahead, have you informed the homeowner? If not, take a step back and remember the checklist advice we gave in Tip #1. Before moving ahead, take the time to alert the homeowner about the next couple of steps, explain what’s going to be happening, and answer any questions they may have as you prepare to move forward. This will give the homeowners time to process what will be happening and allow them to prepare for the next phase of work. Continue to do this as the project progresses through the various stages. Which leads to the next piece of advice…
4. Keep in regular contact with your customer during the project
A lot of contractors make the mistake of communicating only twice with the customer during a home remodel: in the beginning when they start the work, and at the end when they expect payment. It’s understandable why this happens: contractors get busy, they have other customers and other jobs. But it’s a habit that can-and should-be broken if you want to offer your customer a stress-free experience. If not, your customer will be left holding a checklist of steps that you provided with no idea what step you’re on. The number of times you reach out to the customer will ultimately be determined by the length of the project, and is best determined by you. If it’s a weeks-long project, for example, stay in touch with your customer, say, at least once a week. The last thing you want is the homeowner calling you, saying he was wondering what was going on because he hasn’t heard from you in awhile.
5. Stay in touch after the project is complete
Another mistake contractors make once a home remodel is done is to cash the check and move on. Again, this is understandable because contractors have other contracts and other customers. But by failing to follow up with a customer or keep in contact with them once their project is done, you’re potentially missing out on a key thing that’ll keep you in business-more work. That’s because a contractor who asks to stay in touch with a customer-and then does-will be remembered by that customer, who in turn may have another project down the road, or will refer you to a friend of neighbor. So remember to always stay in front of your customers-past and present. That might mean a monthly newsletter full of home remodeling tips, requests for referrals, friendly emails, follow up phone calls to gauge their happiness with the project, an e-zine, holiday cards, mailers with current offers, etc. It doesn’t always matter how you stay in touch, just that you do.
These are only five ways to show a little TLC to your customers and ensure that they have a stress-free experience with you. They’re simple and easy to implement. Putting them into place will mean you’ll have a long list of happy customers who’ll be happy they signed on the dotted line-and who’ll refer more and spend more on your services in the future.

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How To Choose The Right Home Improvement Contractor

Home renovation is a $300 billion industry in the US. There is such a vast number of home improvement contractors operating in the market that it becomes difficult to choose the right contractor for your residential improvement or remodeling needs. If you want to save yourself from a terrible experience of hiring an inefficient service company or contractor, follow a few simple steps to get the best people on-board to work on one of your most prized assets.
Steps To Choosing a Home Improvement Contractor
Here are a few steps that you should take before finding a reliable home improvement contractor.
1. Make A List Of Improvements: Your first step should be the creation of a thorough list of every improvement that you wish to make in your home. Make sure you include all the areas and be sure how you want everything to appear after it is all finished.
2. Research: This is one of the most important steps in deciding the right improvement contractor. Online researching is highly recommended, since it allows you to save a lot of time, money and energy. Look for an improvement and renovation service provider with accreditation from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) or other such licensing boards.
3. Word-Of-Mouth: Ask for references from people who have used the services of the home improvement industry and are happy with the results. You can also ask for references of former clients from the companies during your research. The customer references will help you get an idea of the type of work done by each company.
4. Take Free Estimates: Contact different home improvement contractors who provide all the facilities required to renovate, reconstruct, or improve your residence. Request the companies for a free estimate and full price quote.
5. Contractor Insurance: Check if the contractor has proof of some kind of insurance in. Insurance helps you in case of an accident or a problem. Most reputable contractors provide insurance provisions to their customers to avoid any unforeseen expenses.
6. Compare Candidates: After consulting potential home improvement contractors, narrow down your options and decide whom you want to work with. Keeping in mind their availability, the price quoted and client testimonials, you can pin point the best professional service provider.