Tag Archives: remodeling

Making Client Dreams Come True

Client wishes often exceed their budget.  What do we do then??

Remodel it!!

Remodel it!!

 

Our discussion questions:

– Do you find clients give accurate budget information? What advice do you have in bringing up this important topic?

– Do you think that television shows, like those on HGTV, paint an inaccurate picture of the remodeling experience for our clients?  Please explain.

– Suggest ways to get the wow factor our clients want in a kitchen remodel.  Do you have go to products or designs that give good bang for the buck?

– Suggest ways to offer style in a bathroom remodeling project.

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Join this Twitter chat discussion on Wednesday, June 11th from 2 to 3pm eastern time by adding #KBtribechat to your tweets.

Here is the transcript for this KBtribechat.

 

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Remodeling ROI

According to Remodeling Magazine the value of remodeling is up after a long slide since 2006.  They report that the number one return on investment item is an entry door replacement (97%).  A minor kitchen remodel nets you 83% and a major kitchen remodel 74%.   A bathroom remodel nets you 73% of construction costs.  These national average numbers easily justify remodeling for those who are going to live in and enjoy their homes for some time before selling.  Nine percent of the time they found projects so extraordinary that they added over 100% of value to the home.  They also found that although the market is improved, more-expensive projects did not return as well as lower-cost projects.

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Do you find remodeling is up in your area? What type of projects?

Do you agree with these findings regarding the kitchen and bath? Why or why not?

Are your clients making less expensive choices? Give examples.

What is your advice regarding remodeling return on investment?

Join us for this Twitter discussion on Wednesday, February 19th from 2 to 3pm eastern time by adding #KBtribechat to your tweets.

Here is the transcript for this KBtribechat.

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Can’t We All Just Get Along??

Contractors, Architects, Trades, Designers….

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host Sean Lintow Sr.

Sean Lintow Sr is a third generation builder with over 20 years experience. He has worked on everything from houseboats to skyscrapers,  production building to historic residential remodels. Seven years ago, after moving to Alabama,  he started SLS Construction and focused exclusively on remodeling.  Sean has a passion for not only figuring out how he can build and remodel better but helping others do so as well. As one who eschews the term “green”, Sean chooses  to focus more on common sense practices that improve the building process…  His blog is The HTRC: Homeowner’s and Trades Resource Center.

No matter what you are doing or working on, a well-functioning team of professionals working together on a project generally ensures success & improved client satisfaction.  When everyone is on the same page, it can almost seem heavenly where everything just seems to flow. Sure, one might hit a few rough spots along the way but those can be quickly dealt with if there is good communication between team members. Unfortunately the opposite often seems to be the norm, leaving many asking “Why can’t we all just get along?”

This will be the topic of our Twitter discussion at kbtribechat next Wednesday, June 12, 2013 from 2 to 3 pm eastern time lead by Sean Lintow Sr.

Related pieces:

Guest post on Anna Manzo’s site – 7 steps to working in Harmony: http://bit.ly/Harmony7

Bottom of the page – Chris Wright’s Top 5 of Design Build with a twist – working with an interior designer

Guest Post on  The Decor Girl  – 5 Steps to Successful Remodeling Project: http://bit.ly/DG-5Steps

Chat Questions:

1.       What is your general role in a project & do you insist on being the go-to person?

2.       If you are the go-to person, how do you communicate this to the homeowner or other trades? What do you expect from them or consider major no-no’s – how about after the project, if any issues come up – should they call you or…
3.       If you are not the go-to person, how do you handle the homeowner asking for advice or wanting changes? For example, what do you think about this color or should I open up…
4.       Pet Peeves / Issues: We all have some (for example; either party going “I just don’t know what they were thinking” — Designers who design something that looks good but won’t meet code or last — Contractors that simply say that is good enough & instead of ripping down a stud to 3 ¼” that is specified so the tile will line up just right simply slap in a full size 2×4 — so what are they and how do you try to prevent the issue from coming up?
5.       Photos & credit, so you have wrapped up a job & everything looks great – who can show off the photos, should credit be given to the designer, contractor, specialty tradesmen?
6.       Any final tips on how to keep a project on track?

 

Here is the transcript for this kbtribechat.

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Remodeling Economics

There are many aspects to the pre-construction process that need updating. At the next kbtribechat we will be discussing some of these.

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Do you agree with the three bid rule?  Many homeowners think they must get at least three quotes in order to get a fair price.  Does this make sense?

Should quotes be free?  Is it reasonable for the client to expect a free in home visit and consultation  for an estimate?  It has become an industry standard but should we move towards changing this?

Do you expect your clients to choose all materials prior to the job starting?  Many contractors are not able to get organized causing inefficiencies,  project delays and inevitable customer dissatisfaction.  How do you handle client choices? Do you make sure all decision makers are present when choices need to be made?

Do you compete with companies who don’t understand the cost of doing business?

Can you compare custom remodelers? Is there an apples to apples opportunity for the prospective client?

Is it worth taking the low bid?

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Join us for a Twitter chat discussion on the pre-construction process that takes up much of our time as contractors {Wednesday, May 8th from 2 to 3pm eastern time} by adding #kbtribechat to your tweets.

Here’s a partial transcript for this chat.

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Getting The Most Bang For Your Buck!

Join us for a design discussion on how can we update kitchens and bathrooms with out breaking the bank. We asked what topics were of interest to our community and ‘How to Upgrade Without Much Cost’ was high on the list.  We will be sharing our tips on Wednesday, March 6th from 2 to 3pm eastern time.

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– For the BATHROOM – What are your best tips for making the space look current?

– What features can be added without much cost?

– In the KITCHEN – What can be done short of a complete remodel to update a kitchen?

– Is it worth putting money into an old space that really needs to be remodeled?

– What items are key today for an updated look in our kitchens and baths?

Here is the transcript for this chat.

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Host Michelle Drenckhahn

On May 30, 2012, Michelle Drenckhahn will be leading us in a down and dirty discussion on remodeling. Please join us at #kbtribechat on Twitter from 2 – 3 pm eastern time next Wednesday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michelle Drenckhahn

Michelle Drenckhahn has over 14 years of professional experience as a Kitchen/Bathroom & Remodeling specialist.  Her design work has received several distinctions including multiple awards, featured projects on HGTV and numerous regional and national publications.

Michelle has turned her education, experience & extensive construction knowledge into a thriving full service consulting firm, Mind.Full Connections, specializing in conscious remodeling, products,  business development & marketing services.

Michelle currently resides in the Twin Cities with her son & puppy where they enjoy the many parks, entertaining friends & volunteering for children’s philanthropic organizations.

Her blog is M.A.D. Love.

Here is the transcript of Michelle’s remodeling kbtribechat.

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