Be a Successful Remodeling Contractor

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June 21, 2005


Electronic book text, 322 pages

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0071467114 / 9780071467117

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Main description

Veteran remodeling contractor R. Dodge Woodson provides all the guidance and details necessary for success in the lucrative remodeling business. This practical guide covers every phase of starting, running, and operating a profitable business and delivers insider advice on everything from getting a license to renting an office to remodeling an entire home.

  • Sidebars and Tip Boxes provide valuable at-a-glance information
  • Real world case studies drive home key points from the text
  • How to start on a part-time basis
  • Buying trucks, tools, equipment, and materials
  • Mistakes that can kill a business -- and how to avoid them

Table of contents

Introduction Chapter One: Going From Carpenter To Remodeling Contractor Chapter Two: When Builders Become Remodelers Chapter Three: Why Remodeling? Chapter Four: Kitchens and Bathrooms Chapter Five: Setting Up Your Business Chapter Six: Your Business Structure Chapter Seven: Office and Storage Requirements Chapter Eight: Adding a Computer to Your Toolbox Chapter Nine: Keeping Track of Your Cash Chapter Ten: Trucks, Tools, Equipment, and Inventory Chapter Eleven: Creating and Promoting an Attractive Business Image Chapter Twelve: Hiring Employees Chapter Thirteen: 15 Mistakes That Can Kill Your Business and How to Avoid Them Chapter Fourteen: Bidding Jobs at Profitable Prices Chapter Fifteen: Subcontractors, Suppliers, and Code Officials Chapter Sixteen: Time Management Translates Into Stronger Earnings Chapter Seventeen: Customer Satisfaction Chapter Eighteen: Growing Your Business From Year to Year Chapter Nineteen: Nuts and Bolts of General Remodeling Projects Chapter Twenty: Jobsite Safety INDEX

Author comments

R. Dodge Woodson knows the home construction business inside and out. The owner of The Masters Group, Inc., of Brunswick, Maine, he has been a successful remodeling contractor for almost a quarter of a century. He is also a licensed master plumber; a Class A builder who has constructed over 60 homes in a single year; and a Designated Broker, the highest classification of professional real licensure available. With nearly 30 years of experience in construction and remodeling, Woodson is a true business insider whose advice has been tried and tested in the field.

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Veteran remodeling contractor R. Dodge Woodson provides great advice from his own successes for those considering starting -- or already launching or running -- a remodeling business. In Be a Successful Remodeling Contractor, he tells you how to save money and time during every step of the process, from getting your license, to setting up your office, to remodeling entire houses.

Learn how to:

  • Locate the profit centers in the remodeling business, and exploit them
  • Transition from carpenter or builder to remodeler
  • Get started in your spare time
  • Avoid 20 common mistakes that can kill your business
  • Create a business image that attracts customers
  • Buy trucks, tool, equipment, and materials at reduced costs
  • Ensure customer satisfaction, the key to success
  • Choose employees or subcontractors
  • Use computers to maximize profits
  • Anticipate your office and storage needs
  • Help your business grow, year in and year out

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