Production

Ep.149: The Power of Peers with Victoria Downing

Many business owners and certainly production managers feel alone in their business at times, and want and or need some kind of external input.  So, where do they turn?

Trade associations provide some input but are typically limited to whatever the “topic of the evening” is.  Remodelers Advantage President, Victoria Downing, saw this issue and took action through the creation of the Remodelers Advantage Roundtables Programs. 

Through the roundtables, members share support and guidance to ultimately help business owners earn more, and work less.

In addition to being the president of Remodelers Advantage, Victoria is the co-host of PowerTips Unscripted, a podcast dedicated to helping remodelers build a strong, profitable company.  She is an award-winning author and speaker and brings over 30 years of expertise in the remodeling industry to share how crucial peer groups are in order to successfully grow your business.

Tim, Steve and Victoria talk more about:

  • What it really means to be in the remodeling industry
  • The importance of receiving feedback
  • How to actually utilize feedback
  • And more…

Peer-Power for your Production Team

Developed and led by Senior Consultant and “Production Guru”, Tim Faller, this special Roundtables™ Program for Production Managers focuses on all aspects of production management.

We are currently forming the sixth group of production management professionals from some of the best remodelers in the U.S. and Canada. If you are interested in learning more, contact Tim Faller or visit our website

Ep.148: How to Build Morale and Culture During a Transition with Jason Willet

Keeping your team engaged throughout the process of a transition is an opportunity to grow as a company.

Willet Construction did this through an event called “Vision Day” where the goal was to get everyone to understand the how, what, when, where, and why of the transition.  The event brought their team closer together, raised morale and reinforced the culture of their company.

Guest Jason Willet shares how providing an event such as Vision Day can truly help a company  have better success transitioning their business if the whole team knows what the goal is and can assist in getting there.  Jason became an official partner of Willet Construction in 2019 and is now the Vice President after his father transitioned the business to him.  He assists in estimating and design in addition to being an exterior consultant.

Tim, Steve and Jason talk more about:

  • How to create an agenda during a transition
  • Utilizing team opinions
  • Prioritizing goals
  • And more…

Three Production-focused Masterclasses Coming up

Project Manager Intensive:  June 10 – 11, 2021
Let us turn your Production Manager into a Super Hero!

The Art of Estimating:  August 18-19, 2021
You will find a gold mine of information in this Masterclass, led by Tim Faller.

Production Team Training with Tim Faller: Starts September 13, 2021
Get Your Entire Production Team Focused on Profit!

Ep.145: Shedding Light on The Darkness with Chris Bache

By all accounts, business is booming. Projects are being booked way in advance, and everything is roses and sunshine. Or is it? 

In this episode, guest Chris Bache joins Tim and Steve to discuss the “dark period” – the period of time after the sale is completed, the project is booked, and is on the schedule. A critical time where the battle for client satisfaction can be won or lost. 

Chris Bache is the CEO and co-founder at Hatch, a messaging app specifically built for the remodeling industry that centralizes and automates homeowner communication.

Hatch began as a trial when Chris and his partner, Bill Violante, were asked by a local Pella franchise to help solve two huge blind-spots in their business – follow-up and customer experience.

That’s when the idea for Hatch was, well, hatched.  Word spread like wildfire through other Pella franchises, and then eventually into other areas of the industry.

Tim, Steve and Chris talk more about:

  • How to keep customers happily engaged until the project occurs
  • The customer experience
  • How to successfully communicate with customers
  • And more…

We Have a New Production Manager Roundtables Group Forming Now!

Do you want your Production Manager to learn from the best?

Do you want to give them the opportunity to exchange ideas with experienced Production Managers from some of the most successful remodeling companies in the business?

Remodelers Advantage is adding a new Production Managers Roundtables Group to our roster of 5 successful, thriving groups.

If you are interested in learning more, click here to visit our website.

Ep.144: Moving From Tract Building to Custom Renovations with Scott Fridrych

Bridging the gap between new home construction and remodeling can seem pretty intense. There can be a lot of bias from each side about which is better or quite frankly, which is easier. 

Hearing the perspective of someone who has had experience from both sides can help both new home builders and remodelers understand the benefits of each, and in this episode, guest Scott Fridrych does just that.

Scott has spent two years as the project manager at Liv Companies, and was brought on to lighten the workload between the owner and supervisor, allowing them to focus on building the company. 

Scott has a BA in construction management from Ferris State University and brings over 20 years of experience in residential construction to this episode to talk about the transition from new home building to remodeling.

Tim, Steve and Scott talk more about:

  • What it’s like going from a production builder to custom remodeling
  • Why a production builder might make that transition
  • More about Liv Companies
  • And more…

Are you and your team struggling with estimating?

Unable to Win Contracts? Or, Getting the work, but not making a profit?

Whether you are an owner that handles the estimates or the estimator for a company, you will find a gold mine of information in the Art of Estimating Masterclass, led by Tim Faller, on April 13th & 14th. 

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Ep.142: Fighting Mold, Rot & Paint Peeling with Bill Lotz

Building science has come a long way over the past several decades and with contributions from the industry’s finest experts, remodelers can learn how to deal with mold, moisture and all things ventilation. 

Moisture meters, vapor barriers, where does one begin?  Guest Bill Lotz joins Tim and Steve to bring awareness to a subject that many remodelers may not know much about.  

Bill Lotz, P.E. has Professional Engineer’s license in 8 states and regularly writes technical articles, and is the owner of William A. Lotz, Consulting Engineers. Mr. Lotz has published more than 300 technical articles, mostly on heating, ventilation and air conditioning, insulation and moisture issues. He has also consulted on over 2000 buildings with various moisture/insulation system failures from Honolulu to Maine to Miami to Texas. 

Tim, Steve and Bill talk more about:

  • Troubleshooting moisture, mold and rot in the remodeling industry
  • Moisture problems in relation to regions of the U.S. and Canada
  • Dealing with moisture issues in buildings and their components
  • And more…

Are you struggling with estimating?

Unable to Win Contracts?

Getting the work, but not making a profit?

Learn the Art of Estimating in this two-day, intensive class coming up in April.

Presented by Tim Faller, this course will be an interactive experience for you and for your estimator, covering the purpose of estimating, the challenges we face, and why accurate estimating can be so difficult.

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Ep.141: Breaking the Gender Barriers with Isabella Battig

Being a woman in a field that is dominated by men presents its challenges.  So, how do they do it?

Isabella Battig joins Tim and Steve in this episode and talks about what it is like being a female trade contractor and some of the experiences she has had working in construction and remodeling. 

Isabella discusses the things that she looks for in a general contractor from her point of view and ultimately, how she has become successful in a career that lacks a strong female presence.

Isabella is the owner of Kinetic Lighting and Electric LLC and began her career as an apprentice in 1999 with no prior experience working in trades, but an interest and a goal to someday be her own boss.

Isabella had to jump through a lot of hoops to learn how to get to where she is now, but with the help of fellow trade contractors and researching the ins and out of her field, she has become the successful businesswoman that she knew she could be.

Tim, Steve and Isabella talk more about:

  • What it is like being a woman in a male dominated field
  • What a trade contractor looks for in a general contractor
  • The importance of being realistic when starting a company
  • The benefits of having trusted employees and staff
  • And more… 

Ep.140: Hitting Budgets as a Project Manager with Raul Lopez

Raul Lopez is a Project Manager at Innovative Construction Inc. and manages all aspects of construction on multiple jobs from start to finish.  Raul believes that only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.

After 8 years working in the food industry as a General Manager, he decided it was time for a change and gave construction a try. He started as a laborer on a framing company, and quickly learned the skills and how to deal with inspections and codes.  Three years later, he got the opportunity to work at Innovative construction, starting as a carpenter and working his way up to Project Manager.

In addition to managing projects, he does drafting and design, providing 3D renderings and Construction plans.  He has also won MVP of the company for two consecutive years.  Raul is also currently enrolled to become a NARI CRPM (Certified Remodeling Project Manager.)

Tim, Steve and Raul talk more about:

  • The importance of building teams in construction
  • The transition from a laborer to a manager
  • And more…

Learn the Art of Estimating in this two-day, intensive class coming up in April.

Presented by Tim Faller, this course will be an interactive experience for you and for your estimator, covering the purpose of estimating, the challenges we face, and why accurate estimating can be so difficult.
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Ep.139: Solar Power Potential with Dana Weinberg

Solar power is becoming increasingly popular and is being seen in more and more new, and existing construction.  The cost of it is coming down and the government is taking steps make it more affordable, therefore making it more appealing to property owners. 

Dana Weinberg, Sales and Finance Director of Sunwatt Solar, joins Tim and Steve in this episode to talk about the benefits of solar power and rebates available for home and business owners.

Tim, Steve and Dana talk more about:

  • The benefits of solar power energy
  • Data and software used by solar power companies
  • How to get involved with solar power companies
  • The importance of consulting with a solar company to create great results
  • And more…

Ep.138: A Trade Contractors Point of View with Nick Kozar

We have addressed the remodeler/trade contractor relationship in past episode; one from a Production Manager and the other from an on-site Project Manager, but both from the remodeler’s perspective.

Learning a different point of view of who you’re working with is crucial to running a smooth business and a lot of remodelers could benefit from hearing the perspective of a trade contractor.

In this episode, Nick Kozar, owner of Chelsea Plumbing, does just that.

Located in Chelsea, Michigan, Nick began his career with Chelsea Plumbing as an apprentice with no knowledge of the plumbing trade. After 13 years as an employee and receiving Journeyman, Master, and Mechanical Contractor licenses, he purchased the business from its founder who started the company in 1979.

Tim, Steve and Nick talk more about:

  • Top three “things” that are important to the trade contractor.
  • Effective ways to address scheduling between remodelers and trade contractors.
  • Dealing with higher costs of trade labor.
  • Strengthening trade and contractor relationships.
  • The perspective of a trade contractor.
  • And more…

FREE Webinar: The Slippage Blame Game

How to Look at Slippage from All Perspectives
Perhaps more devastating than lost profit, the slippage blame game, typically between estimating and production, can wreak havoc on company morale and affect the entire culture of the business.

This FREE webinar, on Tuesday, February 23rd, will focus on the challenge of getting the numbers right and how to look at the problem from all perspectives.
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Ep. 136: Using 3D Imaging in Estimating & Production with Ned Trimming

While the pandemic situation, we’ve been dealing with for almost a year, has led us to one obstacle after another, it has also opened up the production side of the business to a variety of tech tools we haven’t thought of using until we were forced to.

3D imaging is one of those tools that was mentioned several times during our Production Manager Roundtables sessions last year, and we began looking at it further as we prepared for our Masterclass on Estimating coming up in April. Does it help with estimating to have these images?

We turned to one of the members of our production manager roundtables who was willing to share how they use 3D imaging in their process.

Ned Trimming is the Production Manager at Crescent Builds located in Seattle WA. Ned and his team at Crescent had initially purchased a 3D imaging camera due to the pandemic, minimizing client interactions onsite, but the technology has proven to have many other useful benefits as well.

Tim, Steve and Ned talk more about:

  • Background on Crescent Builds (size of projects, type of work, etc.).
  • The benefits of using 3D imaging.
  • Using 3D imaging in the Estimating process.
  • The time and cost of using 3D imaging with a client.
  • Challenges that Crescent ran into and how it has improved their process.
  • And more…

Peer-Power for your Production Team

Developed and led by our Senior Consultant and “Production Guru”, Tim Faller, this special Roundtables™ Program for Production Managers focuses on all aspects of production management including:

  • People Management Problem solving and making & keeping commitments.
  • Technology Discussions on the latest and greatest technology available.
  • Training Developing personnel improvement plans to increase efficiency.
  • Customer Service The little things that turn a client from a fan to an apostle.

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