We Are Moving!

by Randall Soules

in Company processes, How-to

We are Moving sign 300w Yep, that’s right. We are moving.

Not far though. Just a hop, skip, and a jump away. Check out the new site.

Remodelebiz.com is joining with ScientificRemodelingSystem.com and will become RemodelerBiz.ScientificRemodelingSystem.com.

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I put the finishing touches on my new Lead Sheet – and now it is FILLABLE! That means you can open a fresh copy of the PDF and fill out the lead sheet on your computer, save it, and then share the file with others. This is going to be a big time saver – PLUS this lead sheet will serve as  a guide to ask the right questions when a valuable lead comes in.

What do you need to do to get your very own FREE copy?

Follow this link to ScientificRemodelingSystem.com and sign up for the Premium Membership or the Free Membership. Either membership level will get you this form, and much, much more. When you join, go to ScientificRemodelingSystem.com > Downloads > Forms and click on the NEW Lead Sheet button.

Here’s a screen shot of the first page of the Lead Sheet:

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Subcontractors add value to your company

Trades, or subcontractors, can be great assets to your company. They remove some of the burden you carry when you employ a typical employee. When you have an employee, you are responsible for keeping them steadily employed. You have to train and educate them. You pay for their Worker’s Compensation and other insurance. And they add to the complexity of your payroll system. 

There are several advantages to using subcontractors. For one, you are not responsible for keeping a subcontractor continually employed. Their  training is the responsibility of the subcontracting company owner. They are specialists at their trade. They have specialized tools and are capable of carrying out their tasks efficiently, which means you can count on getting your projects done on schedule.

Let’s examine the subcontractor process. What’s the best way to manage subcontractors?

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We all want a better life, but rarely concentrate on the tasks that will really help us have a better life. We wish, hope, discuss, and think about various ways to more happiness, health, and peace. Here’s 10 easy ways to better health, greater productivity, and less chaos. Pick one item to work on each week.
Don’t try them all at once. I think you’ll discover a new you that’s been hiding behind your busy schedule.

1. Laugh

Laughter lifts your spirits. It is one of the healthiest things you can do. Some have even overcome cancer with laughter, watching comedies, and staying away from stressful situations. Instead of watching dramatic thrillers and action movies, which inevitably contains a lot of shooting and killing, find a funny TV series or a good movie that will make you laugh. I think it will take years off your life instantly. 

2. Hydrate

Much has been said about drinking enough water. There are formulas and diets that swear by staying hydrated. I wouldn’t worry about the formulas, just drink plenty of water when you are thirsty. Ban soda from your life. It is empty calories and sweet water. It does you no good, and can actually be quite bad for you. Get used to drinking water and other drinks without adding sweetener or sugar to it. You’ll be surprised that, in time, you won’t miss it. And you’ll feel a lot better. If you need a financial incentive, water is for the most part free. You’re going to save a lot of money. Bonus tip: Quit buying bottled water and adding to our landfills. Buy a good quality re-fillable water bottle and keep it by your side.

3. Exercise

Most of us sit way too much. Did you know that sitting more than five hours each day and not getting much exercise, doubles the risk of heart failure in men? Make a habit of getting up every 50 minutes or so and moving around. It doesn’t have to be scheduled exercise. Just go up or down the stairs, move around the office or home, walk around the block, or do some exercises in your office. We weren’t made to sit. You are at the least risk if you sit less than two hours each day, and get plenty of exercise. 

4. Be Grateful

This is a major contributor to good mental and physical health. Being grateful takes you away from your self-centered desires and problems, and recognizes others for their accomplishments. Practice this daily. Make it a habit. I promise that it will be one of the best ways to feel better about yourself and your world. 

5. Minimize

We all have too much stuff. Self storage is a $24 billion business. There are 7.35 square feet of storage for every person in the US. Stuff galore. Stuff over time can make us feel worse about ourselves. It is baggage the we carry around with us mentally. It weighs on us. We have more clothes than we will ever wear, too many shoes, too much paper. Choose one area of your life to declutter. Visible clutter works on your psyche. A disorganized work area usually indicates your general sense of disorganization. Outside observers may see it as a weakness. Start with your desk. Then work on the office. What has been lying in the corner for two years? You don’t even know why it’s there. Get rid of it. Give things away. A good phrase to use when you are tossing is, “What’s the worse that can happen?” or “Have I used this in the last year? Maybe I don’t need it then.”

6. Meditate

How often do you get quiet? I think many of us are afraid to sit quietly and think about nothing in general. We make sure there is plenty of activity and “noise” around us so we don’t have to look within ourselves. Take some time to sit quietly and meditate. Meditation is one of the most important things you can do for yourself. It will lead you to a happier, healthier, and much more productive life. Listen to meditative music, buy a book on meditation, or research it online. I think you’ll see a trend – most highly successful people meditate. 

7. Eat Well

Take the time and make an effort to eat better. Don’t use the excuse that you are too busy to eat well. There’s a lot of restaurants that serve healthy food. Cut down on processed foods. Cook more. It can be therapeutic, and will reward you with more vitality, good health, and a renewed enjoyment of a good home cooked meal. 

8. Sleep

According to the Center for Disease Control, 50-70 million people in the US don’t get enough sleep. The decrease in productivity, injuries, and loss of life is staggering. All because, for some reason, we don’t get enough sleep. Make an effort to get an hour more sleep each night this week, and see how if affects your performance. Lack of sleep leads to a lower awareness, lower productivity, and can be downright dangerous when driving or handling equipment. Go to bed. 

9. Work Less

Do you believe that working less can actually be beneficial? Probably not, but it’s true. Sometimes, when you are dead tired, you aren’t really getting anything useful done. You are just going through the motions. Here’s a good thing to remember. Being is busy is not a merit badge. Henry David Thoreau once said, “It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?” It’s a myth that being busy is a good thing, yet most of us, when asked, say we’re busy. Very busy. And the person who asked, accepts this as a good thing. Get rid of this myth. Being busy is not necessarily a good thing. Getting a lot done in a set amount of time is a badge that you should wear proudly. 

10. Care for yourself

And last but not least, take some time out for your self. You work so hard for others, trying to please them and care for them, that you may be ignoring the most important person – you. If you are not up to par, not healthy, not happy, not prosperous, how can you expect to effectively help others? Take some time out for yourself. Meditate, take a vacation, read that book you’ve been yearning to read, spend time with your family. It may seem selfish to put yourself before others, but when you really think about it, the better off you are, the better off those around you will be. This is not a one time thing. Make a habit of taking out time for yourself. It will change your life

What has improved your life?

I bet you feel better already. Fitter, healthier, happier, and ready to continue this great journey we call life. Let us know what you’re doing to improve your life. What single thing has meant the most to you?

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Disruptive – causing or tending to cause a disturbance or problems that interrupt an event, activity, or process.

Disruptive Technology – a new technology that unexpectedly displaces an established technology.

You have certainly had your share of disruptions, I’m sure. But do you know the term ‘disruptive technology’? It is when technology causes a sudden shift in the marketplace. While the introduction of the automobile was not a disruptive technology, the mass production of cars was. Computers have changed the way we do business, as have cell phones. Imagine running your jobs without one now? It’s unheard of. These were disruptive technologies. 

Printing Multi-StoryTechnology is changing our world at an exponential rate. Things are happening in the background so fast, you may not even be aware of them. One of those disruptive technologies that’s on the visible horizon is automating homebuilding. Your knee jerk reaction may be that it won’t happen in your lifetime. That would have been true if it happened 20 years ago. But now, with the onrush of innovative technology, it will be here before you know it. 

The best thing to do, at the very least, is get acquainted with these innovations. There’s really no sense in getting blindsided by this. So I’ve put together some resources that will bring you up to speed on this interesting subject. Watch a few of the videos I’ve filtered for you. I think you’ll be impressed.

One of the leaders of this technology is a professor at the University of Southern California named Dr Behrokh Khoshnevis. His expertise in this field peaked the interest of NASA, who gave him a grant to research building structures on the moon using his techniques.

China is going after this technology full bore, creating huge 3D printers capable of printing an automobile. (Oh, I forgot to tell you – this is about 3D printers) China printed 10 small homes in a day. In the future they say they will be able to print jet engines, meaning they could print almost anything.

(You can learn more about 3D printing and see additional videos on ScientificRemodelingSystem.com

One term that will be helpful to know is ‘contour crafting‘ – building printing technology that uses a computer-controlled crane or gantry to build edifices rapidly and efficiently with substantially less manual labor.

The basic concept of contour crafting.


Dr Behrokh Khoshnevis explains the future of building 


China’s efforts at building homes in a day


What are your thoughts on house printing? Do you think it will happen? Why not? Why will it happen? Tell us what you know about home printing.

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This is latest and greatest laptop stand. At 6 ounces, it folds to a small portable pack. Add a Bluetooth keyboard and you’ve got an excellent mobile office. Every contractor should get one of these – no two – one for yourself and one for a friend. Check it out here.

Click the image to see full size. (Press Escape to return to this article) And don’t miss the video below of the inventor, James Olander, demo’ing it off at MacWorld 2014 in San Francisco.


Evernote is one of the most versatile applications on the market. The free version is robust enough to do almost anything you want. The Premium ($45/year) adds some excellent features that are totally worthwhile.

How to use Evernote camera featuresOne of the most useful tools in their copious tool belt is the Camera feature. That’s what this video is about – how to change the settings for the camera, and how to use its four different camera formats. It’s simple, it’s useful, and what you capture is on all your devices. Download a free copy of Evernote for your phone and your desktop. It will amaze you day after day.

Using Evernote’s Camera Features
The coolest camera shot is taking pictures of your business cards. Evernote puts all the right information into the proper spots – and adds the contact to your address book. A scanner in your pocket. It’s so much fun you’ll probably pull out all those cards you stuck in your drawer after the last networking meeting, and start putting them into your contact list.
For more video tutorials, go the ScientificRemodelingSystem.com and click on the Video tab.


Obtaining Closure


by Randall Soules

in Company processes

Lack of Closure

Ever been to a movie that had an unexpected, sudden ending? The type where you look at the person next to you and throw up your hands and say, “What happened? I was waiting for them to explain ______.  It’s like they ran out of steam and decided to quit.” Or a book with a similar ending, or non-ending? It’s no fun. We like closure. We like things to finish the way we think they should be finished. We expect things to be completed.

Unresolved Issues

In the same way unresolved issues bother us (and others). If a problem exists and we ignore it, then it will most certainly grow. And it will rob you of precious energy and will power. Even when you aren’t concentrating on it, or are making excuses, it is working away in your subconscious mind, telling you that something’s not right. Something hasn’t been taken care of. 

Closure 150x150Close Loops

It’s important to close open loops. Open loops are bad for business. They’re hard on you and your business. Sometimes you need to reach out to a client who has been mistreated or wronged in some way, and ask them to forgive you and find a way to make it up to them. Better yet, don’t ever let a problem reach that point. Meet your problems head on. They’re not going away, so why not? It’s logical, yet it’s hard to implement. 

Follow Up

Another form of non-closure is losing contact with your clients and prospective clients. If you contact others and there is no follow up, then there is no closure. The relationship is severed. Time and energy were wasted. Keep the dialogue going.

A Good Story

We all love a good story and we love a good ending – one that makes sense to us. Make sure that your business and life are a good story. One with closure. One with resolved issues. Don’t ignore obvious issues in your business. Come to grip with them, and you’ll feel very real relief. There’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good story.

This article was written by Randall S. Soules, writer, remodeling coach, adviser, and educator in the remodeling industry. You are free to reprint or copy this article to your blog, newsletter, staff, etc. as long as the article is shown in its entirety and has a live link to RemodelerBiz.com. Listen to Randall’s and David Hawke’s podcast on RemodelingBusinessBlueprint.com, or learn more at ScientificRemodelingSystem.com.

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Are you a survivor?

Be A Wise Frog

by Randall Soules

in Processes, Sales, Tips

The Wise Fable 

Centuries ago there was a fable about a scorpion and a frog. As in all stories, especially old ones, there is a moral to it. First the story, and then how it pertains to remodeling.

The Scorpion and the Frog

One day as a frog rested lazily in the sun, he was approached by a deadly scorpion. The scorpion didn’t threaten him, but asked a favor. He asked the frog to please carry him to the other side of the river. 

The frog, already trembling from fear, replied that he couldn’t because he was sure the scorpion was going to kill him. Yet the scorpion assured him that no harm would come to him. After all, if he killed the frog as they swam across, they would both perish. 

Forg and the ScorpionThis made sense to the frog, and now, confident that he was safe, he beckoned the scorpion to mount on his back, and began to swim across the river. Half way across the river, the scorpion did indeed sting the frog, and they both began to sink into the river. As the frog floundered in the water, he asked the scorpion why he had stung him, as now they were both going to die. To which the scorpion replied, “Because it is in my nature. After all, I am a scorpion”. And they both sank into the river.

Beware of scorpions

How many times have you had a feeling that a prospective client wasn’t going to work out? Perhaps they tried to get an undeserved discount. Or maybe they told you that they’d had several contractors work on their home, and that they didn’t work out. But they seemed to like you. Obviously you weren’t like the others. The others merely got their just reward. 

They were nice, maybe even cooperative, and you saw fit to take their job. What were the typical results of that job? Did they remain cooperative? Did they let you make a reasonable profit? Did they turn into the ‘client from hell’?

Choosing your clients

When ‘red flags’ appear, don’t ignore them. They are there for a reason. If, in the first conversation, you hear phrases like “We’ve tried a lot of other contractors”, “We just want a price”, “What’s the least it will cost”, “We don’t have much money”, “Can you fix their mess”, or even “Money is no object” [I had one of those in my career. I was impressed. Money was no object. And they wanted a lot of work done. Hundreds of thousands of dollars.  Seemed like a good deal. After weeks of work on the estimate, they told me without the least reservation, that the figure was too high. Lesson learned. Money is always an object.]

Many of you have the experience to hear and heed these warnings. You’ve become ultra-sensitive to certain phrases. It’s not that one ‘red flag’ means you should walk away, but an accumulation of them should make your very cautious about taking the job.

Don’t get stung

The frog knew full well that the scorpion was deadly, yet he convinced himself that it would work out okay. He rationalized that the scorpion valued his life enough to not kill them both. And yet, they both perished because the frog ignored the fact that, no matter what the scorpion said, he was still a deadly scorpion. It was in his nature to kill the frog, no matter what he had promised.

In some ways, prospective clients can be the same way. Learn the warning signs before you go into contract with them. Ask the right questions. Investigate the answers carefully. Be open to the idea that every job is not necessarily a project you should take on.

By being judicious in your choice of clients, I assure you, that you and the clients you accept, will be satisfied with the end results. You will make the margins you deserve, and you’ll avoid unnecessary issues and call-backs. Having a short list of happy clients is better than a long list of disgruntled clients who will never call you again, and for whom you’d rather not work again.

This article was written by Randall S. Soules, writer, remodeling coach, adviser, and educator in the remodeling industry. You are free to reprint or copy this article to your blog, newsletter, staff, etc. as long as the article is shown in its entirety and has a live link to RemodelerBiz.com. Listen to Randall’s and David Hawke’s podcast on RemodelingBusinessBlueprint.com, or learn more at ScientificRemodelingSystem.com.

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Without Clarity You Can’t Realize Your Dreams

It’s a lack of clarity that creates chaos and frustration. Those emotions are poison to any living goal.” 

Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

Do you have lots of excellent ideas? Ideas for a bigger and better business? Maybe you have a bucket full of projects you’ve started but never finished. You have the best of intentions, but get pulled in too many directions to finish anything. It’s likely that you have far too many distractions to concentrate on any one thing for long, and end up frustrated that you can’t move ahead towards your real goals. 

What’s Holding You Back?

There is a common cause for this inconsistency. It is lack of clarity. It is not being fully committed to your goal. You don’t have a clear vision of the outcome. Without clarity it is unlikely that you will achieve your goals. If you aren’t making any headway towards your goals, ask yourself very honestly if you have a really clear vision of the goal. Can you see what will happen if you reach your goal? Can you visualize how you will get there? You have to be totally committed to attaining your goal, and to know, without a doubt, what the goal is.

There has never been a time in history where we have been bombarded with so many distractions. Even without considering media and the internet, we have an enormous amount of interference. Add those two to the mêlée, and it is a wonder that we get anything done. 

Focus on Your goalHow Can You Overcome All The “Noise” Around You?

It’s simpler that you think. All you have to do is write a few things down. First write down what you want to become. Write down everything you want to become or be. There are no limits. Exercise your imagination. Next write down everything you want to do. Think outside the box. And finally, write down what you’d like to possess. That’s the easy one. 

Next write down your goals – large and small. Write down lots of goals. They range could be from, “I want to take better care of my teeth” to “I want to have 2 million dollars in the bank by next year”. 

Now pick a single goal you want to work on. Just one. And put all your efforts into accomplishing it. Get clear on why you want this goal. Write down what it will mean to you if you accomplish it. List the obstacles to reaching the goal and then decide how you will overcome those obstacles. 

A Powerful Method

We all have too much to do. We have too much we’d like to accomplish. And this leads very quickly to overwhelm, which leads to paralysis. You have so much you are supposed to do, that you can’t focus on any one thing. By choosing a single goal you can get it done. You’ll accomplish it with greater ease and efficiency. And when you’ve reached that goal, choose the next one. In no time at all you’ll reach each goal. You’ll get a feeling of accomplishment and confidence. You’ll look forward to getting to the next goal, and the next. 


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