This is a re-print of a blog article that Design Build Planners wrote for Lowes. It is the first in a series called “Tech Tools of the Trade.” CLICK HERE to view this article published on the LowesForPros website. Upcoming topics include “Utilizing Houzz Ideabooks for Project Design and Development” and “Using Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Software.”
In the remodeling industry, not all “tools” are kept in a tool box or belt. Many crucial business tools are software and technology. The internet has been a game changer for many industries and remodeling is no exception. There are many software programs and websites that can greatly assist remodeling companies in many ways. Each department, accounting, marketing, sales, and production can find help with today’s technology. For some smaller companies, these departments may be compromised of just one or two people wearing multiple hats. Continue reading
When it comes to home remodeling and home improvement, nearly every homeowner has either had a bad experience with a contractor or knows someone who has.
Trust us – we meet with homeowners every day and we’ve heard it all…
The project took way too long…
My house and yard were a mess…
Too many surprises, extra costs, etc…
I couldn’t communicate with the workers…
They would not call me back…
No project schedule…
I had to manage the project myself…
Do any of these sound familiar to you? Continue reading
Homeowners and Remodelers – Have you ever had a sub-par experience with a home improvement project?
If you’re like most people, you have.
For homeowners and remodelers alike, the remodeling experience often falls short of expectations due to a lack of communication before the project begins.
Without both parties establishing ground rules for the project, assumptions are made Continue reading
Design Build Planners offers a unique, highly customized pre-construction design and development service. At the design reveal, DBP discusses the various next step options for the homeowner regarding their planned home improvement. One very important question that is addressed is, “Who will build your remodeling project?” This questions applies to any type of project ranging from a basement, bathroom, or kitchen makeover to additions and whole house renovations. Continue reading
Almost without exception, each homeowner that Design Build Planners meets with has either had a bad, past remodeling experience or knows someone personally that has. The seven most common remodeling project complaints that DBP hears begin with:
- “The project took way too long…”
- “My house and yard were a mess…”
- “Too many surprises, extra costs…”
- “I couldn’t communicate with the workers…”
- “They would not call me back…”
- “No project schedule…”
- “I had to manage the project myself…” Continue reading
Is it time to start remodeling your kitchen? You’d be surprised at just how much happier you are when your kitchen is a place you actually enjoy spending time in. Think about it – you prepare your family’s meals in there, the stuff that keeps them well-fueled and healthy. Isn’t it in your best interest to make that space into an area where you actually want to spend time in? We certainly think so.
When it comes time to hire a Monmouth County home architect or builder, you have a lot of options, but also a lot of things to watch out for. As you can probably imagine, the right custom home builder can make the whole process a dream, but the wrong one could turn that same dream into a nightmare. Avoiding the following mistakes can help save your sanity and get your house built with minimal amounts of stress.
By far the most important thing you can do to ensure you have a good experience when working with a remodeling professional in Ocean County, is to keep your communication going smoothly at all times. Once the level of communication starts to drop, that is exactly the time when things all start to fall apart, and a project which was once on track can go down the drain.
If you know the Design Build Planners at all, you know that one the things we’re always harping on is doing your homework before you hire any type of home improvement contractor. If you are looking to hire an Ocean County remodeling contractor or any other professional, it pays to spend the time up front and ask the right questions. The time you spend up front will potentially save you dozens of hours and thousands of hours throughout the course of your kitchen, bathroom, or basement remodeling project.
Remodeling prices have the consistency of the weather . Meaning that “estimates” will vary with a range of highs and lows. A friend of mine on Facebook recently received quotes for a small home service. The three estimates were $4,000, $975, and $450. My comment was that the guy at $4,000 was probably sub-contracting to the $975 who in turn was hiring the $450 guy to actually do the work. While I added an “LOL” at the end, this scenario of wide range of remodeling prices is generally a result of companies quoting on different work and then not explaining where the differences in materials, labor, and overall customer service may be. Continue reading