Michael Houar

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  • Typically, Marrash starts by describing what Accurate Roofing & Siding can do for the clients' windows -- installation of lineal surrounds, mantels, corner blocks with rosettes, or the addition of dentil molding or keystones, for a start.

  • Michael Houar, owner/president of Hawaiian Repair and Remodeling in Wailuku, Hawaii, offers customers a five-year labor and workmanship warranty on the vinyl siding jobs his company does. Examples he gives include siding that melted after exposure to the heat from a grill, siding shredded by weed wackers, siding that cracked and fell off when someone drove a car into the side of the garage, or siding pierced by the cable man ("our nemesis," says Schoengold), who didn't bother asking the homeowner where he wanted the cable run.

  • Like many in the remodeling industry, I started as a one-man operation.Because we maintained separate operations on different islands in Hawaii, we were cross-allocating money and people. I was also flying between the islands four to six times a week, with barely any time to eat and sleep, and no free time to exercise or enjoy my family.

  • Mike Bodkins, president of PAPI (Professionally Applied Products Inc.), an exterior remodeling company in Des Moines, La., estimates he upsells siding products 90% of the time. Then Bodkins took on a steel siding franchise, to round the company's product offering out with what he considers the "premium siding." On sales calls, Bodkins moves prospects to steel or upper-end vinyl by pointing out "why I would personally choose the upper-end product."

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