Contractor Spotlight: O’Reilly Construction

Some of the best advice you can find is from other pros. That’s why I’m happy to share with you today a CraftJack contractor who’s found success in his business and with CraftJack.

Today, we’re featuring O’Reilly Construction. Here at CraftJack, we love getting to work with them to help generate more leads in the area. Bobby O’Reilly was kind enough to answer a few questions for us today about his business. Read more about O’Reilly Construction and what advice Bobby had to share. CONTINUE READING

What To Include In Your HVAC Estimate

HVAC pros need to be prepared any season of the year. Repairs are needed in weather both hot and cold to keep homes comfortable. A repair or replacement can be an urgent need, so an HVAC pro should be ready.

Customers want to see an estimate before choosing to use your service. Not only will it help them better understand the costs associated, but it can also help you in better communicating the work that will be done. Here’s what must be included in your HVAC estimate.

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Why Are Estimates Important?

If you want to win a job, providing a free and quality estimate is important. Homeowners may be speaking to more than one HVAC pro, so you’ll need to make sure your estimate stands out from the rest. A properly prepared estimate can help you win more jobs. This means you’ve put in writing the specs of the project, as well as how much the costs will be, with any contact information attached. Once you’re done, read it over to see if there are any grammar mistakes and that all the information is correct.

See The Job In Person

It’s hard to provide an accurate HVAC quote without seeing the work that needs to be done. That’s why it’s important to go see the work in-person when asked for a quote. Be sure to show up on time and in your company attire. The way you present yourself is a level of professionalism that will be appreciated by the customer.

Provide A Summary Of Work

Often, homeowners give an HVAC pro a call to help with a problem or urgent repair. It’s up to you to provide them with accurate information about what the issue is and how it will be resolved. This is best done by providing the customer with a summary of what work will be done on their HVAC.

Even for a new installation, educating your customer is a great step to take in creating a great relationship with them for all their HVAC needs. The customer may have in mind a specific system or part that actually, might not be the best for the job. Let them know your recommendations in the summary.  In fact, this helps encourage customer trust that you’re the best pro for the job.

Show The Costs Of Project

An important part of an estimate is the actual costs of the project. It’s a good idea to show exactly what the customer will be spending their money on. Here are some things you’ll want to keep in mind:

New Parts & Materials

Make line items of the parts and materials that are needed. Try to be as accurate as possible, but leave room if something does come up. Be transparent with the items needed and costs here. Customers want to be informed of what they are paying for with your service.

Labor

Labor can be a cost that varies per project, based on hourly rates. You should account for any employees or subcontractors that will be working on the project as well. Many HVAC pros need to be licensed and certified, so payment should be determined based on experience.

Maintenance Warranties

For homes that are getting a new HVAC system, there are often warranties that come along with it. Often, the warranty is only valid if the system is getting professionally maintained once a year. You may want to let your customer know this in the estimate. It’s likely next time they need their HVAC serviced to ensure their warranty, they’ll give you a call.

Include Your Contact Information

If you spend time writing up an excellent estimate, you should be sure to include your contact information front and center. Once customers have looked over your estimate, they’ll know how to reach you to talk through the details or hire you for their HVAC job. Attaching a business card is always a good idea, so they have it handy when needed.

Share Why You’re Different

A well-written estimate is a great way to show the customer why your business stands out from the rest. It shows attention to detail and customer service. However, if you have any licenses, certifications, trade organization memberships or insurance, this is the place to display it. Being able to differentiate your business in this way can really help separate you from other estimates the customer may be receiving.

Conclusion

Estimates are an important part of winning your HVAC job. They help educate the customer on the work you’ll be doing and strengthen your relationship with them. A well-written estimate could be what helps you get more work in your area.

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Blogging Tips For Contractors

So, maybe you’ve been considering starting a blog for your website. While it is additional work, it can help to boost your business and make it easier to market yourself. If you’re a pro who’s been blogging for some time, maybe you’re looking for more inspiration.

You’ve come to the right place. Sometimes, all it takes is a little inspiration to get writing. Here are a few blogging tips you can use as a contractor. CONTINUE READING

Masonry Industry Trends

The masonry industry can have a wide variety of tasks to specialize in. There is quite the demand for pros in the country right now, with homeowners paying attention to brick and concrete repairs.

If you’ve been wondering what’s popular in the masonry industry, I have the answer for you. Here’s what’s happening in the masonry industry across the nation. CONTINUE READING

How To Stay Healthy On The Job

When you’re on the job, you’re likely focused on the task at hand. The last thing on your mind is likely your physical health. But, being mindful to your health could actually help you improve your work.

Knowing your limits as a contractor can be tough to figure out. But, your health is just as important as your work, if not more. Here are a few tips to help you stay healthy on the job. CONTINUE READING

What Makes CraftJack’s Remodeling Leads Unique

From a bathroom update to a finished basement, remodeling pros must be versatile and able to adapt to new jobs quickly. The good news is that these jobs keep growing, as more homeowners are looking to remodel their homes.

Finding remodeling jobs in your area doesn’t have to be difficult. At CraftJack, we want to help you find the remodeling jobs you’re looking for so you can grow your business. See what makes CraftJack’s remodeling leads unique. CONTINUE READING

Planning For The Off-Season

It’s best to plan for the off-season before it actually begins, to set yourself up for success. For many contractors, things start to slow down when the weather gets colder. It doesn’t have to mean that business stops however, it just will look a little bit different.

Now is the time to start planning what you’ll do in the off-season. It can help set you up for success in the year ahead. Here are a few tips to help. CONTINUE READING

Industry News: September 2018

After a busy summer, it’s time to plan for what fall has in store. One of the best ways you can do so is by checking out what the latest headlines are. Both locally and nationwide, this can help you determine what’s trending in your industry.

From the latest data to safety updates, I’ve rounded up the headlines you need to know. Here is the news you need to know for September 2018. CONTINUE READING

How To Generate More Roofing Leads

Roofing pros will always be needed. Leaks and damage are what generally drives a customer to pick up the phone and give a roofing contractor a call. For a successful roofing business, you need to be top-of-mind for these homeowners and find the roofing leads you want.

It’s important to not rely on just one source of lead generation, but multiple ways you can connect with homeowners in your area. Here is how you can generate more roofing leads for your business. CONTINUE READING

What Makes CraftJack’s Decking Leads Unique

For decking pros, you may already know that business has been good. More homeowners are looking to expand their decks or install a new deck for more useable outdoor space. But are you finding decking leads in your area?

There are many methods you can use to generate leads. Social media is a great way to do so as well as word of mouth referrals. However, if you’re not using a lead generation service, such as CraftJack, to help generate decking leads in your area, you could be missing out. Here are a few ways that CraftJack’s decking leads stand out from the rest. CONTINUE READING