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Category Archive for "Process"

What Should A Remodeling Project Cost?

What a remodeling project should cost is a great question. “Hell If I Know” is usually the answer. Remodeling is not a commodity especially in older homes that I typically work on. For me, I take this responsibility seriously and need to do a few things first. Before I share my OPI I must first...

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Damn it Jim, I’m A Remodeling Contractor, Not A Clairvoyant

There is a story about a remodeling contractor, who once said, “You can tell me what you think your remodeling project will cost, and I will laugh, or I can tell you what it will really cost, and you can cry.” The Agony of Defeat. Not long ago, I was publicly criticized for a bad...

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The Magic of Meeting a New Prospect

At Levco, we have been blessed with plenty of great remodeling leads. That means that we are frequently asked to come consult on new potential projects. If I can fit 4-5 new prospects in per week as a maximum, I can do well. Given the limited number of hours in the day, I elected to...

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Switching to Offense

Super Bowl 53 this year featured two great defenses. 3 downs and out, punting over and over led to an unmemorable game for me. Yes, predictably, the team with the most points at the end of the game won. But imagine if one team was a stand out for their offensive prowess. These teams played...

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How Much Will My Remodeling Project Cost?

We look at our skills and expertise to determine if we are a good fit for our prospects. Sure, we do all sorts of different projects, but I was recently asked what we are best at. I like to put a modern twist on the old saying “Cheap-Fast-Great, pick 2.” Quality, Cheap, Fast, Easy, Personalized...

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Unhinging the Mystery of Change Orders for Remodeling

Change Orders are often the most misunderstood part of a project. They essentially create a fork in the road on a long-distance trip. As an example, imagine your airplane needs to navigate around weather. There is no way you are going to get to your destination on time, if you stray from the shortest /...

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What Do You Need a Building Permit For In Boise?

This is the $64,000 question. It is asked in so many ways and so unlikely to get an accurate answer that I had to find out for myself. Everyone thinks I know this stuff anyway, so I might as well. If the answer were easy, we would all know it. The problem is that the...

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Make Levco your Dream Team

We are a remodeling company that “creates what you imagine,” In fact, that is our company’s USP (Universal Selling Proposition), created during an inspirational talk by the one and only Boaz Just the other day, a client in the design process said we were her Dream Team! It was such powerful imagery. It was so...

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Measure Once, Cut Twice

I know I am saying it backwards; the old adage is used in the reverse and is good advice. To my chagrin, I’ve been involved in several debacles that required a second cut to get it right. What does integrity look like? Integrity, I’ve been told, is the act of doing the right thing when...

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Remodeling & Music Just Go Together

From transistor radios to boom boxes with 8 track tapes, to cassette players, to electronic devices that will play your music through Bluetooth (thin air) and charge your battery-operated tools, electronic devices have come a long way in my lifetime. Music has always been a part of my creative processes, and remodeling is no exception....

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