Be a Successful Remodeling Contractor

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McGraw Hill Professional, Jun 21, 2005 - House & Home - 322 pages
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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
 

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Contents

Going From Carpenter to Remodeling Contractor
1
When Builders Become Remodelers
11
Why Remodeling?
17
Kitchens and Bathrooms
29
Setting Up Your Business
41
Your Business Structure
61
Office and Storage Requirements
69
Adding a Computer to Your Toolbox
77
15 Mistakes That Can Kill Your Business and How to Avoid Them
195
Bidding Jobs at Profitable Prices
205
Subcontractors Suppliers and Code Officials
229
Time Management Translates Into Stronger Earnings
267
Customer Satisfaction
277
Growing Your Business From Year to Year
289
Nuts and Bolts of General Remodeling Projects
307
Jobsite Safety
315

Keeping Track of Your Cash
91
Trucks Tools Equipment and Inventory
141
Creating and Promoting an Attractive Business Image
149
Hiring Employees
171
Index
319
About the Author
322
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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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