Video: Immediately Request Reviews

We are pleased to announce a new feature to the CraftJack Lead Manager where service professionals can immediately request reviews from leads. If the homeowner complies, the review would then be published on your CraftJack and ImproveNet profiles.

As you know, contractors need reviews. Before any project, consumers will undoubtedly look at your profile and see what past clients are saying. Likewise, our homeowners see your profiles before that first phone call. A pro with numerous positive reviews will always have the upper hand compared with those who don’t.

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Industry News: September 2015

As temperatures cool, so does home remodeling work. Despite the upcoming slow season, 2015 has shaped up to be a very good year in terms of home remodeling and home buying. In fact, single-family housing starts have hit their highest levels since 2007!

That’s just a piece of the good news we found over the last few weeks. Below are the stories you need know regarding home improvement.

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Video: CraftJack Now Offers Plumbing & Gutter Leads

This month, we released two new trade categories. All contractors can now sign up to receive plumbing and gutter leads. If you are a current CraftJack contractor, you can add the new services in your CraftJack Lead Manager.

If you are not currently signed up with CraftJack, you can see all plumbing categories here and all gutter and downspout categories here.

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The Bottom Line Behind Lead Generation Site Reviews

All lead generation services should value any and all reviews, both good or bad, that users post about their company. Good reviews bring on more clients and a company’s response to poor reviews can turn an unhappy user into one that ends up referring the service to other pros.

Nevertheless, no matter how reliable you may think reviews for lead generation websites may be, there are always at least two sides to every story. Before you determine which lead generation site is best for contractors, make sure you know the bottom line behind all lead generation site reviews. In this article, we will touch on some of the things you should keep in mind when reading reviews about lead generation services.

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6 Steps To Take When You Don’t Receive Payment

While there is no way to guarantee payment on the projects you work on, it’s essential to pay attention to details that can help make this process easier and/or faster. Keeping accurate records and documentation in regards to what is expected of your company is vital. Get your clients to sign off on every step, especially that of changed orders. Make it clear that additional work not specified on the signed contract might cost more money.

Unfortunately, getting a customer to pay you is no easy feat. However, completing these six steps when you don’t receive payment can help in reducing the stress factor of it all.

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The Exciting World Of Proposals & Contracts

As a painting contractor, writing proposals and performing contract administration are just two of the many job functions you will find yourself involved in. How well you manage these tasks will be critical to your company’s success. This includes creating a professional proposal, drawing up and submitting the contract and negotiating with the owner or general contractor.

Types of Contracts

There are commonly two types of contracts: prime contracts and subcontracts. The first is when you are providing the only work involved on a project and are dealing directly with the owner or their representative. In this case, you will be the prime contractor. The second is when you are bidding to provide work on a portion of a project that involves several trades and is being managed by a general contractor. In this situation, you are the subcontractor.

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5 Books Every Contractor Should Read

Winning new business, customer retention and staying ahead of the competition are important benchmarks for any business. It’s not magic. Reaching these goals takes dedication, hard work and a deep understanding of current business and industry trends.

Information is power and becoming an expert in your trade will increase your credibility and help you gain more referrals. Below, you’ll find five books that we think every contractor should read.

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The Bidding Process

The bidding process is one many of us go through each and every day. While many jobs are similar, each lead or job we receive deserves it own unique bidding process. I am going to break down the bidding process one should go through each time you present a bid.

Let the Bidding Begin

The first step to any bid is of course gathering the quantities, whether you are measuring an existing structure or doing a takeoff from a set of plans. From there, you must “extend” your numbers, either manually or by entering the information into an estimating program. There are many such programs available, such as eTakeoff, Eagle Bid and PEP Cloud.

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Safety Training Tips To Reduce Job Site Injuries

Workplace safety should be your number one priority to ensure your job site is safe at all times. Because 60% of construction workplace injuries occur within an employee’s first year of employment (Bureau of Labor Statistics), it’s essential that you enforce proper safety training to all employees. Sometimes workers forget the basics of safety after years on the job, so this post serves as a friendly reminder to reduce worksite injuries.

While working on a construction site, always remember to:

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Industry News: July 2015

As the year moves on, we get a clearer picture of the home remodeling landscape for 2015. Early on, signs were positive. Then, certain numbers began to decrease. Fortunately, more experts are starting to agree that 2015 is shaping out to be a very good year for contracting services.

If the recent stories below are any indication, it looks like our good fortune is not going away anytime soon.

If there are specific trends or news sources you want us to follow, please let us know in the comments section below or email me at jacob.hurwith@craftjack.com.

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