162 episodes

Industry leaders Victoria Downing and Mark Harari of Remodelers Advantage host this weekly podcast to bring you, the professional remodeler, tips, tactics and techniques to build a strong, profitable remodeling company. Every week we'll bring you in-depth interviews with leading business experts, best-selling authors, and owners of multi-million dollar remodeling companies from across the US and Canada. Oh, and there's a British lady, too.

PowerTips Unscripted Remodelers Advantage

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Industry leaders Victoria Downing and Mark Harari of Remodelers Advantage host this weekly podcast to bring you, the professional remodeler, tips, tactics and techniques to build a strong, profitable remodeling company. Every week we'll bring you in-depth interviews with leading business experts, best-selling authors, and owners of multi-million dollar remodeling companies from across the US and Canada. Oh, and there's a British lady, too.

    Ep.161: A Secret Shortcut to Estimating Labor with Chad Vincent

    Ep.161: A Secret Shortcut to Estimating Labor with Chad Vincent

    Accurately estimating a project is critical to profit,  and one of the most challenging components of that estimate is labor. 

    Can you estimate labor simply and accurately? Are you spending too much time estimating labor for each job?  Guest Chad Vincent thinks so.  Tune into this episode to hear all about his new method towards becoming more effective in the estimation process.

    Chad is the CEO and owner of Renaissance Remodeling in Boise, Idaho. He began his remodeling and construction career at a young age working for his dad in the family business and has been expanding his presence, expertise, and success in the field ever since. Chad values staying ahead of the curve and accepting nothing but the best in an ever-changing industry.

    Victoria, Mark and Chad talk more about:



    * Dealing with “slips” in estimating

    * Educating designers on this process

    * Cutting back on the time it takes to estimate

    * And more…

























    Learn to Forecast, Track & Adapt Budgets!

































    Budgets are one of the most valuable tools for a business owner. Jackie Shaw leads this Masterclass coming up in November. 



    * How often should you review and edit your budget?

    * What expenses act like a step function vs. linear?

    * How can you use budgets to project staffing needs?

    * What is the best way to create an annual budget?













































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    Ep.160: Surviving Post-Pandemic: How Do You Find Balance in Your World? with Bob Logan

    Ep.160: Surviving Post-Pandemic: How Do You Find Balance in Your World? with Bob Logan

    Our lives have been turned upside down due to the pandemic, especially in the construction industry.  Dealing with supply chain issues, a critical shortage of labor (especially craftsmen), and lingering concerns about COVID-19, many are stuck wondering how to get through it all. However, all of this has also helped provide perspective about moving forward.  So, how do we move forward?  Guest Bob Logan has some answers.

    With nearly 30 years as a development and corporate relations professional in a university setting, Bob Logan has seen it all.  He is the president of Find Your Path LLC and has helped with missions to Mars, coached football in Italy, and raised millions of dollars in philanthropy.  His experience as a motivational speaker and business consultant brings a new perspective to this episode that you do not want to miss.

    Victoria, Mark and Bob talk more about:



    * Being able to accept  potential risk

    * Dealing with change

    * Facing failure

    * And more…

























    Don't Miss Bob Logan's Keynote Presentation at the Remodelers Summit

    • 22 min
    Ep.159: One Small Thing That Makes a Big Impact on Others with Chris Stebnitz

    Ep.159: One Small Thing That Makes a Big Impact on Others with Chris Stebnitz

    Sometimes it may feel that kindness is in short supply.  That’s why it’s so important to take the initiative to remain vigilant and recognize kindness whenever you can.  Guest Chris Stebnitz shares something he does weekly, that results in a huge impact on those around him.

    Chris is a third-generation remodeling company owner in Elkhorn, Wisconsin with over 30 years of experience in the industry.  Stebnitz Builders’ focus is to be the very best listening company, translating into a wonderful experience for their clients and a project completed to its highest standards with the greatest rewards for their clients and business partners.

    Victoria, Mark and Chris talk more about:



    * Showing support to team members

    * Creating positive morale within your company

    * The importance of giving back to your employees

    * And more…

























    Learn With Our Experts









    Whether held in person at our headquarters in Maryland, or presented virtually, Masterclasses are rich, intense, interactive learning experiences with plenty of hands-on instruction; blended with information, advice and strategies from some of the most experienced instructors in the industry.

    Fall Masterclass Schedule:



    * September 13, 2021: Production Team Training with Tim Faller

    * September 27, 2021: Increased Profit Through Client Management

    * September 30, 2021: How To Become A Great Negotiator

    * October 5, 2021: Mastering the Art of Lead Qualification

    * November 3, 2021: How to Forecast, Track and Adapt Budgets

    * November 4-5, 2021: Project Manager Intensive

    * November 8, 2021: Becoming a Great Salesperson

    • 22 min
    Ep.158: Creating Your Business Exit Roadmap with Ashley Micciche

    Ep.158: Creating Your Business Exit Roadmap with Ashley Micciche

    Did you know that 81% of business owners want to stop working in their business in the next 10 years?

    Yet, most business owners are paralyzed and doing nothing about their exit, because the process seems overwhelming to the point that they don’t know where to begin.  So, how does one focus on their business while planning an exit?  Guest Ashley Micciche has the answer.

    Ashley Micciche is the co-owner and CEO of True North Retirement Advisors in Clackamas, Oregon. She specializes in designing, building, and implementing custom-designed exit plans to help her business owner clients secure their final and most important business decision – the exit from their business.  

    Victoria and Ashley talk more about:



    * Understanding how to pick an ideal successor

    * Determining post-exit financial needs

    * Establishing a target departure date

    * And more…

























    Why Should You Focus on Building Value in Your Company?

































    We have Value Builder Certified Consultants who are standing by to help you with building your Exit Strategy. Click here to contact us for more information on how we can help.

    We have an entire content track at The Annual Remodelers Summit dedicated to the Value Builder System and determining the right way to build value in your company, whether you are ready to exit now or in the future. Click here for more information on Summit and the Value Builder Track.

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    Ep.157: How to Achieve Consistency in Revenue and Profit with Andy Haste

    Ep.157: How to Achieve Consistency in Revenue and Profit with Andy Haste

    Guest Andy Haste is among one of Remodelers Advantages most successful members, and he attributes that success to consistency and profitability.  But, how does one achieve consistent profits in such an unpredictable, and inconsistent industry such as remodeling? 

    This episode shares tips, tactics, and techniques to effectively set the goals and budgets to reach, and maintain consistent profit in such an inconsistent industry.

    Andy is the president of Riverside Construction in West Lafayette, Indiana, and has been part of the Remodelers Advantage Roundtable community for many years.  He has 15 years of experience in the business supplies industry and values the privilege of working alongside homeowners, exploring creative ways to turn their homes into personal living spaces that will be loved for years to come.

    Victoria, Mark and Andy talk more about:



    * Why remodelers may have problems maintaining consistency

    * Embedding a good philosophy with your team

    * The challenges that come with maintaining consistency

    * And more…

























    Masterclass Coming on August 9th!Ready to Stand Out, Attract the Best Clients, and Win Every Sale that Comes Your Way?

































    Based on his best-selling book, Lobster on a Cheese Plate, Mark’s intensive marketing masterclass will cover everything from positioning, messaging, building a marketing plan, measurement, customer research techniques, and more.

    August 9, 2021Baltimore, MD

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    • 27 min
    Ep.156: Making Money in Cost Plus Remodeling with David Crane

    Ep.156: Making Money in Cost Plus Remodeling with David Crane

    While Cost Plus Remodeling isn’t for everyone, it can be an enjoyable and profitable way of doing business.  If it is done well, it can be very rewarding and reduce the uncertainty of a market.

    Guest David Crane joins this episode to share why cost plus remodeling has proven to be successful for his business and his clients, and why remodelers should adapt this form of a remodeling contract.

    David is the CEO and President of Crane Builders in Nashville, Tennessee and has spent the past 34 years meeting clients’ needs with the highest standards in the remodeling and construction industry.  He graduated from Louisiana State University with a degree in Construction and after spending 10 years in his hometown of New Orleans remodeling homes, he moved his business to Nashville where the company has been delighting clients since.  David will also be speaking at this year’s Remodelers Summit in Phoenix, Arizona.

    Victoria, Mark and David talk more about:



    * Some of the keys to successfully doing Cost Plus Remodeling

    * The differences in Cost Plus Remodeling vs. Fixed Price Remodeling

    * How to make a profit when you have to show the client your markup

    * What to do with your labor and Project Manager costs on a Cost Plus Project

    * And more…

























    No Better Way to Build Your Team...









    For years we have seen the most successful remodelers in the industry take the opportunity to build their teams by bringing Key Managers and Staff to the Annual Remodelers Summit.

    This year, we take that to a new level by offering three content tracks; Business, Value Builder and Production, led by our own “Guru” Tim Faller. So there is literally something for every member of your team, whether they want to switch back and forth or focus on one area.

    In addition, with the activities surrounding this year’s Summit, like 2 golf outings and the proximity to the Phoenix area, there are countless team-building opportunities can be combined with your Summit experience.

    Register for Summit today and BRING YOUR TEAM!

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Customer Reviews

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38 Ratings

38 Ratings

Ashley Micciche ,

Fun and lively discussions

I really enjoy the format of this podcast. Content is super helpful and the hosts make it fun and entertaining! Keep up the great work.

KevinT757 ,

Valuable

Such great content! There always something to take away from each podcast that is of value.

America's Legal Coach ,

Smart Show

I love Powertips Unscripted! Victoria and Mark deliver huge value to their listeners. Had a great time as a guest and the show and we uncovered some value bombs- Scott Reib

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