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Category Archive for "Process"

How Many Bids Should You Get?

If all contractors were the same, (I assure you, they are not) and what you were asking for was exactly the same then in theory, getting 3 bids would work. Bids (AKA the “B” word) are used by the government to find the cheapest provider. Remember that saying, “You get what you pay for?” It...

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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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At Levco, all we sell is service

When you boil it all down, what we are selling is service. Yup – we are in the service industry, no more, no less. I used to naively believe that we were selling remodeling projects. I am clear now on the distinction. Having spent several decades in the emergency medical services realm, it feels natural...

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Levco turns a monumental scheduling corner

For starters, “No client has ever been upset about having their job done on time or early” the inverse is also true. For years I would tell my clients upon signing a remodeling project when I thought their project would start and end. Rarely did we make our “Best case scenario”. I had been racking...

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On time, on budget, & happy clients

No remodeling business will stick around long without happy clients. You might be inclined to ask, “Where do they come from then?” The answer is “A great process and people that understand customer service create them”. Let’s face it, residential remodeling is like juggling with fire on a tall unicycle. It takes a lot of...

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What’s a Take-off ey?

Levco has been on the forefront of all things remodeling for the last two years. Let’s face it, evolving from a lemonade stand to a real business takes vision and a lot of hard work. Just doing great work is not enough One of our basic needs, and nagging frustrations behind the scenes centered around...

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What is a procedural pause?

Levco has not been bashful when it comes to lifting things that work from other industries to enhance the remolding experiences. This concept was adopted in 2004 by JCAHO the (Joint Commission Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations). In my former EMS (Emergency Medical Services) occupation we applied it on all things that were high risk and/or...

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Some Like It Hot

Remodeling is an exhilarating time of life, renovating a home to make it transform into what you have always wanted is a very cool thing to do. Remodeling is not for everyone, try a small project like a bathroom or an addition before you go whole hog. I liken your relationship with your remodeler as...

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What is the right price for a remodeling project?

After quoting a price for several small repairs, and providing an opinion of cost for an addition, a potential client said, “That is more than a project like this should cost, according to the internet”. Dumfounded, I said, “You obviously weren’t looking in the right place on the internet”. I also wished her the best...

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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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