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Lead Qualifying and the First Appointment Webinar
March 16, 2012 – 12:59 pm | No Comment

Presented by:
Christopher Wright, CR
WrightWorks, LLC – Indianapolis IN

Darren Salyer
Absolute Basement Finishing, LLC

Lead Qualifying and the First Appointment - Webinar
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RC-Sales Discussion – Lead Qualifying and the First Appointment, with Christopher Wright, CR and Darren Salyer
(to download, right click and choose save)

 

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How to Find and Cultivate Relationships with Designers & Architects Part 2
January 27, 2012 – 10:55 pm | No Comment

Presented by:
Christopher Wright, CR of WrightWorks, LLC – Indianapolis IN

This is part 2 of 2. Part 1 recording is Here.
WEBINAR DESCRIPTION
This session will follow up and complete the content from session 1. We’ll begin with a brief review, complete the content started last week, and finish with some case studies and Q&A.
How to Find and Cultivate Relationships with Designers & Architects Part 2 Webinar

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LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • How to spot the right kind of designers to work with and how to approach them
  • What designers are looking for, and the kind of fit you should be looking for in them
  • Keys to successful bidding and profitability with the projects your design partners bring you
  • How to manage projects and timelines effectively when a designer is involved
  • “The Favorite”: How to become the ONLY contractor they recommend to their clients
  • Regular leads, year after year: How to get them addicted to working with you
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How to Find and Cultivate Relationships with Designers & Architects
January 20, 2012 – 12:32 am | No Comment

Presented by:
Christopher Wright, CR of WrightWorks, LLC – Indianapolis IN

WEBINAR DESCRIPTION
Tired of working on bland projects with low budgets and price-driven clients? For contractors of every size and trade, designers can be a regular source of beautiful, profitable projects and can give you access to an entirely new market for your remodeling services. Their projects often come with bigger budgets, low competition, and clients who appreciate quality craftsmanship. This session will help you find the right kind of designers to work with in your local market. You will learn how to position yourself as a designer friendly contractor, how to bid and manage their projects effectively, and how to make the relationship work long term. Take your company and projects to the next level by learning how to find and cultivate relationships with outside design firms.
How to Find and Cultivate Relationships with Designers & Architects Webinar

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LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • How to spot the right kind of designers to work with and how to approach them
  • What designers are looking for, and the kind of fit you should be looking for in them
  • Keys to successful bidding and profitability with the projects your design partners bring you
  • How to manage projects and timelines effectively when a designer is involved
  • “The Favorite”: How to become the ONLY contractor they recommend to their clients
  • Regular leads, year after year: How to get them addicted to working with you

Part 2: How to Find and Cultivate Relationships with Designers & Architects

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Total Live Chat Webinar
July 6, 2010 – 6:29 pm | No Comment

Webinar recording by Alan Moore about the Total Live Chat product.


Total Live Chat Webinar - Alan Moore
Mostly audio, but if you want watch full screen download the file or right click the movie and choose Zoom>>Full Screen.
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Webinar from our friends at Construction Marketing Ideas.
July 6, 2010 – 6:51 am | No Comment

DCN Webinar: Construction Marketing Ideas Contact Design and Construction Network for event and ticket information.

DCN Webinar: Construction Marketing Ideas

Thursday, July 08, 2010 from 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM (ET)

Ticket Information

Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Registration with FREE Construction Marketing Ideas book (value $39.95) 1d 10h 13m $129.00 $8.08

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Event Details

Construction Marketing Ideas:

Do you know three simple, effective and inexpensive strategies to improve your marketing and business development success in the AEC marketplace?

Can you discover the successful marketing methods used by 74% of AEC businesses/practices?  When and how should you implement the approaches used by the remaining 26%?

Mark Buckshon, author of Construction Marketing ideas:  Practical strategies and resources and resources to attract and retain profitable clients for your architectural, engineering or construction business, believes you can succeed by:

1.  Recognizing the value of your current and existing relationships and doing everything you can to enhance your client experience;

2.  Appreciating how to build your business by capturing your strengths and doing what you love doing;

3.  Connecting these two elements with the appropriate marketing and business development strategies in a systematized and thoughtful process, especially through relevant associations and relationships.

Webinar registrants in the U.S. and Canada registering by June 30, will receive a free copy of Construction Marketing Ideas:  Practical strategies and resources to attract and retain profitable clients for your architectural, engineering or construction business (value $39.95).

About the Speaker:

Mark Buckson the webinar presenter is responsible for The Design and Construction Report Magazine and also publishes several regional construction industry newspapers and websites.  Most of his company’s revenue is from advertising-sponsored special editorial features but in his book and presentations, he advocates the use of advertising only with caution and careful thought.

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HUD’s section 203(k) program – Webinar
June 28, 2010 – 6:37 pm | No Comment


Get The Lead Out Webinar

203K Webinar. Learn the ins and out of this Home purchasing and remodeling loan program.

Presented by:

Paul Lesieur, President of Silvertree Construction, SilvertreeConstruction.com

Rory Swan, of Servicez Unlimited.

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Open Book Management Webinar Review, Is OBM for you?
May 23, 2010 – 8:51 am | No Comment

The Paul attended a webinar hosted by Leah Thayer Senior Editor at Hanley Wood and her guest speaker Greg Antonolli, owner of Out of the Woods Construction.

The Topic: Open Book Management.

Open Book or Not?

Greg and Leah did a good job opening the webinar. Greg answered questions from the attendees and concluded well. Greg has an easy conversational way of covering the subject of using Open Book Management, something his company has practiced since 2004.

This method of running a company calls for accountability from all participants, I mean from the demo guys to the business owner himself, and as practiced by Out of the Woods its an all or nothing process.

Greg opens his books completely during his company meetings. I have to agree with this because if I worked there and Open Book Management meant only part of the book was open I would only be a part of the way employee.

What did I come away with?

Open Book Management works on trust, it helps to be confident that the benefits will make it all worth while, and it isn’t some radical new think of an unproven system, its actually a common sense approach to help everyone understand that their role is an important part in the companies operation.

Some of the Highlights are:

How you can start.

What can happen.

How well it works for Out of the Woods.

Some key points:

Basic rules for open-book management are:

  • Know and teach the rules: every employee should be given the measures of business success and taught to understand them
  • Follow the Action & Keep Score: Every employee should be expected and enabled to use their knowledge to improve performance
  • Provide a Stake in the Outcome: Every employee should have a direct stake in the company’s success-and in the risk of failure
  • The company should share finances as well as critical data with all employees
  • Employers are challenged to move the numbers in a direction that improves the company
  • Employees share in company prosperity

This Open Book Management webinar is well worth the time for Remodel Crazy to encourage its members to visit Hanley Wood’s Remodeling Magazine and listen in on Greg and Leah. You don’t have to agree with my assessment but you may find yourself questioning your management style and come to find that great businesses aren’t built on good processes, they are built from great ones.

Visit and learn with Greg and Leah here, Open Book Management Webinar

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Insurance Bytes – EPA Lead Rule Insurance
May 2, 2010 – 9:21 pm | No Comment

Insurance Bytes - EPA Lead Rule Insruance Webinar

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Overview: As of April, 2010, the EPA has required the use of Lead Safe Practices to prevent lead poisoning. While training and certification to comply with specific work practices is mandated; having lead poisoning insurance is not.

What this means to the contractor: If your are working with lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities and schools built prior to 1978, attorneys will be looking for opportunities to make more money; think asbestos, construction defect, mold, etc. The training and certification creates a higher standard of care and thus liability.

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Mark-up and Overhead Webinar
February 26, 2010 – 12:04 am | No Comment

Mark-up and Overhead Webinar

Mark-up and Overhead

by Randy Austin (Owner & President)
Field Service Solutions (fieldservicesoft.com)
  1. How to calculate exactly what an employee costs you per hour
  2. What percentage to use to mark up your jobs based on your job costs, overhead and profit goals..
  3. How to use these percentages to mark up your jobs to arrive at your break even point and your sales price

You can download the accompanying Xcel spreadsheet here.
http://www.remodelcrazy.com/forum/downloads.php?do=file&id=78

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To give or not to give?
December 28, 2013 – 7:48 am | 2 Comments
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.  …

Dietz vs Perez man bites dog!
December 31, 2012 – 8:50 am | 9 Comments
Dietz vs Perez man bites dog!

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 …

New Remodeling Group in the News
December 4, 2012 – 1:40 pm | One Comment
New Remodeling Group in the News

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 …

Low voltage home wiring
December 2, 2012 – 8:10 am | One Comment
Low voltage home 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 …

My husband doesn’t finish anything!
November 20, 2012 – 2:55 pm | 4 Comments
My husband doesn’t finish anything!

A reader from Waterbury, CT asks……………..
“Dear Paul, my husband thinks he can do anything when it comes to home repairs or improvements and I do appreciate his efforts but, he never finishes anything. He painted …

Move over NARI there’s a new kid in town.
November 1, 2012 – 10:00 pm | One Comment
Move over NARI there’s a new kid in town.

NARI is 50 years old and has 7000 members out of a pool of 600,000 contractors and service providers.  WOW!
There are plenty of small professional remodeler groups in our splintered and funky industry and these …

5 Types of Construction Fraud That Require Legal Action
October 5, 2012 – 11:36 am | One Comment
5 Types of Construction Fraud That Require Legal Action

Unfortunately, fraud is far too prevalent across all industries today – including the construction industry. So it’s important to understand the common types of construction fraud that could require legal action.
Forging Payments
One of the most …

Ask The Paul – Q&A
October 3, 2012 – 4:25 pm | No Comment
Ask The Paul – Q&A

Sex,tools and chocolate!

Everyone remodels or wants to remodel.
Do you have tools?
Do you have the skills?
Will your friends work for chocolate?
Ask the Paul is the love/hate child of Bob the Builder and Dear Abby.
Got a question?
Ask …

Paint Colour Names
October 2, 2012 – 11:16 am | No Comment
Paint Colour Names

Gone are the days where you could breeze into your local DIY store and pick up a pot of paint labelled orange, green or blue. Weird and wacky paint colour names seem almost compulsory nowadays, …