Ike Daughenbaugh

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Protect your business from disaster

There's no sure way to disaster-proof a remodeling business, but it's usually instructive to look back and identify any mistakes, shortcuts, omissions, or denials that might have allowed little problems to snowball into big ones, and big problems to turn calamitous. More

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A daily checklist saves lives and headaches

It's not quitting time at Heritage Builders until each project's lead carpenter has verified and initialed 34 jobsite tasks on a one-page "end-of-day checklist." The 10-minute effort can save lives and headaches, and it definitely builds client confidence and goodwill. More

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Spending on Marketing

During the past few years, when demand far exceeded supply, many companies didn't... More

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Finders Keepers

Robert Criner, president of Criner Construction in Yorktown, Va., says remodelers must be proactive in their quest to retain employees. More than just money "In every statistic I read on retention priorities, money is fifth or sixth on the list," says Doug Nelson, president of New Spaces in Burnsville, Minn. Nelson says that more than a fair salary, employees want to be appreciated and feel like a vital part of the company. Lead carpenter Ross Gravrock, a 10-year employee of Doug Nelson at New Spaces, says he enjoys his job because Nelson gives him the freedom to do good work. More

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