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

As a contractor, it’s important to stay on top of industry trends. Doing so helps you prepare for upcoming projects and gives you the knowledge you need to better serve your clients. Just like other areas of home improvement and construction, masonry experiences trends in practices, materials, designs, and more. 

CraftJack is here to talk about what today’s homeowners want and what big changes you can expect to see in the coming months in the masonry industry.

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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

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

Twitter FAQs For Contractors

When you’re thinking of social media, one of the many sites that might come to mind is Twitter. It’s been around since 2006 and is known for its short and succinct messages sent to a worldwide audience. It functions a little differently than other social media sites you may have used before, but that shouldn’t stop you from giving it a try and seeing how it can help your business!

If you’ve been considering using Twitter to generate leads for your business, now is the time. Here are a few frequently asked questions you should know and how you can get started with a successful twitter account. CONTINUE READING

How To Generate More Remodeling Leads

Are you wondering how you can generate more remodeling leads for your business? Lead generation is another aspect of the job for many pros, but can sometimes be tricky if you don’t know where to look. The good news for remodeling pros is that homeowners seem to always have a need.

From kitchen remodeling to home additions, we want to help you find leads from homeowners who are ready to start their next project. If you need a few ideas, here’s how to generate more remodeling leads. CONTINUE READING

What Makes CraftJack’s Painting Leads Unique

Are you a painting pro looking for more leads in your area? You’ve come to the right place. CraftJack is here to help your painting business grow. While you may already use other tactics like social media or referrals, a lead generation service is always a great way to connect with homeowners who are in need of your services.

However, not all lead generation services are the same. At CraftJack, we want our contractors to have the best of the best, which is why we provide you with a lead generation service that stands apart from the rest.
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What Trade Organizations Do Roofing Pros Need To Know About?

In any industry, networking with others can help you both personally and professionally. With the challenges that face roofing pros today, it’s never been more helpful to join a roofing trade organization.

Trade organizations and associations can help provide you with a network of other roofing pros to lean on, who are growing their businesses just like you. They can help provide additional education and work with the government when it comes to local laws or codes. Here are a few organizations that roofing pros should know about. CONTINUE READING