Budget doesn’t need to be a major worry during the design and build of a project if you handle it properly during the sales call.
Sales is about communicating and interacting positively with others. Those skills make life easier in any delicate conversation.
I want to share a recent phone conversation with a contractor concerning a problem they were having with a client.
From a contractor: “I am definitely going to do a better job in pre-selecting my clients after this one.”
A contractor sent us an online article written by a real estate investor with the purpose of educating you on “how to develop a fair relationship with your contractor.”
A guest article: How do you avoid going out on sales calls to look at jobs for folks who obviously do not qualify to purchase from your company?
Is there anything you can do about the sales you miss?
“The #1 reason I lose jobs is ‘your price is too high’ or ‘competitor was 15% lower.’ What am I doing wrong?”
It’s time to catch up on some spare topics I have lying around. These aren’t earth shaking but they can and will impact your bottom line.
Give clients options when you quote the work they want done.
What do you do when your partner is listening to someone who knows nothing about construction, but still thinks they knows what’s best?
We’re aware that homeowners also visit our website. This letter is from a first-time homeowner who’s ready to buy, but his builder isn’t cooperating.
The last thing I want to do is cause a family problem, but apparently I did with one family.
Flaky contractors make us all look bad. But not all advice given to homeowners to protect themselves from fraud is good advice.
Avoid losing money by recognizing some of the games that building owners play to avoid paying.
When something seems amiss, don’t stop asking questions. A contractor shares his experience on a recent sales call.
Clients are changing, and if you want to stay in the game and make something more than a living, you’ll need to change with them.
You should stop providing free estimates. It’s called free consulting, and you won’t be successful giving away your time. (Guest Article from David Lupberger, Remodel Force)
We discussed design agreements last week; today we’re going to look at them from another angle. The first step is setting the budget with the client.
A contractor we’ve known and worked with for many years sent us a note about his experience working with a new architect. Ideally, the architect would have been working with the contractor from the beginning so he could have educated the client as well.