Halsey Platt

Annual remodeling leadership conference
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Annual remodeling leadership conference

The Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City, in Arlington, Va., served as a think tank of... More

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Accountability streams down from the top

Blame, finger-pointing, and a lack of accountability still remain in a lot of businesses. And that hurts the bottom line. But how do you get employees to be accountable? And to whom should they be accountable? More

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Hiring outside the remodeling industry

Remodeling is a highly technical art. It requires a grasp of the principles and practice of electricity, plumbing, engineering, geometry, and architecture. It requires a high level of craftsmanship as well as an ability to manage homeowners' expectations during a very emotional process. All of this while turning a profit. More

Profile: Halsey Platt
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Profile: Halsey Platt

To keep up with change orders and to address client issues, Halsey Platt asked his... More

Fee (Not So) Simple
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Fee (Not So) Simple

For some remodeling clients, the concept of a volume discount extends to... More

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Evaluating a prospective job

If the customer is looking for several bids, it indicates they are searching for low numbers, not quality. We are quality ó not necessarily low numbers. So it's not a good fit. More

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Q+A: Employees of the Year

In the past eight years, the two best people I hired came in different ways. In the past, my best field employees have come from knowing somebody in the industry and getting referrals from that direction, or knowing somebody's work prior to them coming with us and being able to work them into our operation. More

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Warranties appeal to homeowners

Contractors who offer warranties appeal to homeowners looking to avoid the problems that can come with badly designed and poorly built decks. Warranties, McFate says, are part of a process, just like securing a building permit for every job, meant to assure clients they're "making an investment in a product -- and a company." More

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Excel calendar to organize the company

Coordinating work schedules around employee vacations and days off was never a problem for Halsey Platt -- when his company was small. But today, Walter H.B. Platt Builders and Cabinetmakers, Groton, Mass., has 29 employees. More

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Total compensation worksheet: shows prospective employees value of their package

Halsey Platt, of Walter H.B. Platt Builders and Cabinetmakers, estimates that at least 50% of his new hires have previously worked for him as subcontractors. So Platt developed a "total compensation worksheet," which shows prospective employees the value of the package they'll receive. More

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