Be a Successful Remodeling Contractor / Edition 1

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071443821
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/6/2005
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 322
  • Sales rank: 863,459
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Going from carpenter to remodeling contractor 1
Ch. 2 When builders become remodelers 11
Ch. 3 Why remodeling? 17
Ch. 4 Kitchens and bathrooms 29
Ch. 5 Setting up your business 41
Ch. 6 Your business structure 61
Ch. 7 Office and storage requirements 69
Ch. 8 Adding a computer to your toolbox 77
Ch. 9 Keeping track of your cash 91
Ch. 10 Trucks, tools, equipment, and inventory 141
Ch. 11 Creating and promoting an attractive business image 149
Ch. 12 Hiring employees 171
Ch. 13 15 mistakes that can kill your business and how to avoid them 195
Ch. 14 Bidding jobs at profitable prices 205
Ch. 15 Subcontractors, suppliers, and code officials 229
Ch. 16 Time management translates into stronger earnings 267
Ch. 17 Customer satisfaction 277
Ch. 18 Growing your business from year to year 289
Ch. 19 Nuts and bolts of general remodeling projects 307
Ch. 20 Jobsite safety 315
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