I just read about a new tool that makes ladder work safer and a lot easier. It’s called Levelizer, and it’s made by a company in Tennessee and sold on Amazon and Ace Hardware. Amazon has the best price out there and it is a Prime item, so you can get free 2-day shipping.
For added convenience and to make sure you have this handy tool with you, they’ve even included a built-in ladder hangar, to connect it to your ladder. [click to continue…]
Back when I used to trim a lot of homes, we found a need for a faster system than what we had. Ideally, we wanted to measure an entire home – all the casing, baseboard, shoe mold, crown, stools, and aprons – then cut them all at one time. The system we developed made this not only possible, but is vastly more efficient than what we were doing before.
Using the Speedy Trim Out Method, one person measured, then gave the measurements to the cut man, and the cut man cut each room. Upon finishing cutting the trim for a room, he carried it into the room and the installer sorted each bundle and placed them in approximate order in the room, per the numbered items.
With a system like this, and of course, with a skilled crew, you can actually cut the trim for a whole house off site.
In this whitepaper I’ll lay out the basic procedure, the abbreviations used in this system, some examples of cut lists, and some final tips on making this system as efficient as possible for your crew.[click to continue…]
This is an article about how to do non-destructive layouts on walls using Post-its.
Have you ever needed to hang pictures, or layout stair rail hangers, on finished walls? The problem is, if you mess up, you leave behind holes in the finished walls that need to be patched and painted. And if you are doing this on wallpaper, it gets worse – much worse. Here’s a neat solution to this challenge.
In this pictorial example, I’m hanging a large picture. On the back of the picture are two hooks, so the hangars have to be just the right distance apart, and perfectly level. There is no room to adjust a picture hung in this manner. [click to continue…]
Our company typically said, “Yes, we can do that”, and then figured out how, during the design phase. This particular project presented challenges that at first seemed insurmountable, yet, with concentration, imagination, and a lot of experience, we came up with a great design. A design that felt spacious and functioned well, despite having only an 8′ high ceiling.
Our client asked us to remodel their entire basement, and include a bar, fireplace, pool room, bathroom, bedroom, and a home theater. The basement was already finished, and had an existing bathroom and bedroom, as well as a fireplace. Our challenge was to reconfigure and improve everything that existed, and add the home theater, bar, and pool room. [click to continue…]
Any successful business is founded on a process or a system.
A process assures you that there are orderly steps that will be taken in virtually any event. A process makes your company work. It’s that simple. You’ve got to have remodeling systems in place that lead you, your staff and those you delegate work to, to the next step.
Systems that are carefully designed and thoughtfully utilized, create smooth work flows and anticipate eventual bottle-necks. With the proper processes in place, your staff knows what to do when a situation arises. And if your staff knows what to do, then you are freed up to run and grow your business. [click to continue…]
Advance Your Business | Raise Your Profits | Improve Your Life
What a beautiful time to A.R.I. – Advance your business, Raise your profits and Improve your life.
Every day is a good day for this. And it’s your choice. You can choose to let your business stagnate (translation “Die”) or you can choose to advance to the next level. You can choose to be glad you make any profit at all during these tough economic times, or you can decide that it is time to explore other methods that will raise those profits to the point where you can run your business and create your dream company. And then there’s your life. Usually and unfortunately, the last horse in the race. With all the problems and financial woes you have, your lifestyle doesn’t always jump to the front of the line. But it should. Without a great life, you will not have a great business. It may be time to shift your focus and your thinking. [click to continue…]
If you have ever had a shred of doubt what processes can do for your business, this should remove any and all doubt. What you are about to witness is that with good processes you can build anything you want, and in an unbelievably short time.
Before I get into the meat of the story, let’s take a look at some examples of projects that are process intensive. Using proven processes or systems, how long does it take to build a kitchen, a home, a library, or a skyscraper? Any one of these projects requires carefully laid plans to reach the intended outcome in the expected amount of time.
The better the process, scheduling, and management, the more assured you can be that the job will come in on time and on budget, not to mention with the estimated margins. Everything runs better with processes in place, whether they are written for a hamburger joint, a remodeling company, or one of the largest contractors in the world.
Keep this is mind as you cruise through this article.
What you are about to see is nothing short of unbelievable!
Making a Sales Call at the Prospective Client’s Home
Processes make every successful business more efficient and profitable. For a business owner they create the path to growth, to succession, and a successful retirement. Good processes allow virtually everyone more freedom on some level, but they especially help the owners and management run the business in the best way possible.
Without good systems in place you can’t expect your business to grow and be profitable.
The recognition of this is fairly simple, but deciding what processes should be made a part of your business, recording them, and then distributing the information is much more rare, especially in smaller companies. [click to continue…]