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Category Archive for "Agreements"

Happy Wife, Happy Life

What wise person came up with this amazingly simple saying? Scientifically proven or not, I can tell you that anecdotally it is a real phenomenon. To that end, what can be done to make wives happier? Sure, there are chocolate and flowers, but they are not a daily reminder of the love and devotion we...

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There’s A Fork In The Road

At Levco, we are planners. We hate to jump in without knowing what the heck we are doing for a client. To date, the Design-Build model has worked extremely well for us. However, a recent situation caused me to pause and sort out a sticky situation. The story went like this: My Opinion of Probable...

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Remodeling Agreement With Attitude

Contracts, or agreements as I like to call them, should be like a good pair of shoes. They should fit. Most general contractors start off with a buddy’s contract or something that came off the internet. Not that this is a bad approach, but they are often filled with a bunch of legal mumbo jumbo...

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My Client’s Bill of Rights

Years ago, I had a cool interaction with Ron Spomer, who’s a repeat client, outdoor enthusiast and prolific writer. I had a 5 page document with lots of notes that outlined how we work at Levco. I asked Ron if he could condense it, as well as several other ideas I had, into a shorter,...

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How to Enjoy The Remodeling Roller Coaster

I gave a presentation with a panel of former clients on hand to answer questions several years ago at a remodeling show. I created a PowerPoint to share my thoughts about the process of remodeling, but it was the panel of experts that made the big impression. Later, my web guy made a cool video...

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Levco’s Remodeling Modus Operandi

 WELCOME TO THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF REMODELING  Home improvement is exciting with its promise of new space, improved performance, updated looks, and—stress? Oh yeah.  Let’s be honest.  For the “gain” of a new and better structure, we must endure the “pain” of construction noise, dust, and disruption.              We at Levco, we understand the inconveniences...

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Cost Plus Vs. Flat Bid for Remodeling

In 2005, when I was just starting Levco, remodeling here in Boise, Idaho, a potential client asked to do a cost plus contract (Cost Plus means you present the actual bill and mark each one up a specified percent) on a whole house remodeling project. I was excited about it because I had no idea...

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Should I Fire My Contractor?

Late one Saturday afternoon I received a call from a homeowner that had just fired his contractor. My first thought was : Danger-Danger!!!   yellow flags     Warning- Warning!!! He wanted to hire me to finish things up. It turns out he had fired his carpenter which is an entirely different thing. This doesn’t happen...

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There’s a Fly in the Ointment

As I get more completed projects under my belt, there are still powerful lessons to be learned. Some are expensive, some are painful. As I say in my Selecting a Remodeler Booklet, it is wise to select a seasoned remodeler. The problem is, “if you always do what you always did; then you’ll always get...

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Who Needs a Lien Release?

  A lien is a legal document that can be place upon your home if a contractor, material supplier, or subcontractor is not paid.  Often called a mechanics lien, they can be anything from a threat, to a huge distraction and a serious infraction. As a contractor myself, I could place a lien on a...

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