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My wife and I…………..

March 24, 2014 – 3:32 pm
Lets do the kitchen

Today I got this contact for maybe a kitchen “Hello, my wife and I are in the beginning stages of a kitchen and mudroom remodel. We are interviewing contractors to see what kind of ideas they come up with”. Hmmm…… What I am going to do next is I will contact these people and ask […]

Free estimates, I think they’re dumb!

February 23, 2014 – 10:28 am

The arguments for free estimates has been around forever: Buyers expect them- my competition gives them- its good for business- its ridiculous to charge for them- no one will pay for an estimate- its the cost of doing business- my Mother told me to give free estimates, these and any argument you would like to […]

Share the love Baby!

February 8, 2014 – 10:19 am
Kojak Gerber

This is hardly a title for a construction blog, is it? When we think of love, it usually is attached to our family, spouse, or children (especially tough love). It can seem like more of a feminine quality, can’t it. But wait… I think LOVE can mean something totally business-like, and perhaps appreciable by our […]

Markups- Margins & Lady Gaga

January 27, 2014 – 2:05 pm
Lady Gaga makes money.

LADY GAGA MAKES MONEY – SO SHOULD YOU! Old news maybe, but read up anyway: Margin Margin is percentage of the final selling price that is profit. Markup A markup is a percentage added to the cost  and the cost and added percentage becomes the selling price. Markup and margin are different, a selling price […]

To give or not to give?

December 28, 2013 – 7:48 am
To Give, or Not to Give

To Give, or Not to Give, isn’t that really the question? Over the last year, there have been several discussion out on LinkedIn regarding the giving of “free” information to the client during the sales process.  Free information is plans, some specs, and perhaps some advice about their project. Conventional wisdom from the “well-respected” contractors […]

What can NACRA do for me?

January 8, 2013 – 8:29 pm
Moving Forward With Nacra

What can NACRA do for me? Every once in a while a really good idea comes along and you say to yourself ‘That sounds like a great idea how do I get involved?’ The National Association of Contractors and Remodelers of America just happen to be one of those ideas. This association is in its […]

Dietz vs Perez man bites dog!

December 31, 2012 – 8:50 am

Chris Dietz, a remodeling contractor, has sued Jane Perez, the woman who hired him to work on her home, for libel. Ms Perez has written scathing reviews on Angie’s list and Yelp about Dietz Development LLC of Washington DC  claiming shoddy workmanship, billing for work not done, theft and trespassing. Now Chris Dietz is suing […]

New Remodeling Group in the News

December 4, 2012 – 1:40 pm

NACRA: New Industry Association Takes Shape Association hopes to attract small contractors and offer lead generation services. By Nina Patel A new industry association, North American Contractors & Remodelers Association (NACRA), is offering contractors a low-cost membership and hopes to generate leads for its members. Founder Spencer Smartt, a general contractor in Dallas, says that the […]

Low voltage home wiring

December 2, 2012 – 8:10 am
Low Voltage Wiring

What is low voltage wiring? Low voltage wiring systems have been around for over 50 years. First made popular in the 50’s and designed into modern American homes and promoted by architectural luminaries such as Joseph Eichler and Terry Waters Link To This Page1. Click inside the codebox2. Right-Click then Copy3. Paste the HTML code […]