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Who you know matters!

September 30, 2013

 

Who do you know?

Everybody knows somebody. I know you know that, but did you realize how much untapped power that is? Many of you are sitting at home looking over your bills, and scratching your head wondering how you are going to pay them. You probably know someone that is going to do a remodeling job, painting, or getting a new hardwood floor installed and you have no idea what that bit of information is worth.

The home improvement industry is a multi billion dollar industry and most of the business is done by word of mouth. There is no greater complement to a contractor than that his own customers refer new clients to him. Think of all the large companies that comb the web to get people to tell them about their home improvement projects, and then sell the leads for a fortune. Guess what? Those leads are worth money and you could probably get a nice referral fee for telling your favorite contractor about it.

People helping other people is what this country is all about. Advertising is expensive and highly overrated. In advertising there are no guarantees for any successful turnout, and it is like throwing spaghetti against a wall and hoping it sticks. Referrals on the other hand are almost always a sure way of getting new business.

Keep your eyes and ears open and you will be surprised at the opportunities you have been missing for years.

Advice from Ringelberg Construction

 

How a contractor saves you money

Things that a contractor can save you money on are, rent, blueprints, and labor costs.

Larger home construction companies have large offices, and personnel that soak up lots of money that are factored into your bid. If your remodeling contractor could use your two car garage for the duration of the renovation it could save you up to $5000.00.

Blueprints are costly and can range from $1500.00 to $10,000.00. Most homeowners cannot read blueprints and they cannot visualize their project by looking at them. A picture is worth 1000 words. Wouldn’t you rather look at a picture? Drawing a three dimensional rendering is far less expensive and captures and illustrates the wishes and the desires of the homeowner. Signing the rendering and making it part of the contract is all that is needed to proceed.

Communication is the difficult part of construction projects. The more you have to explain every step you need to accomplish, the more time and money is lost. When the designer is the same person that physically builds your cabinets etc, no conversation and explanations are needed, and much time and money is saved.

Most cabinet makers are good at building cabinets but they are afraid to finish or paint them. It costs considerable more money to hire two professionals that it does to hire one to do the same job. Contractors that have the ability and equipment to finish their own woodworking projects can save you thousands.

Design build Contractors take a job from design through completion and usually can save you a considerable time savings due to time used efficiently and reduced overhead costs. Even before the job begins it is possible to show savings of $1000′s of dollars to the homeowner in the above mentioned ways.

 

 

 

Advice from Ringelberg Construction LLC

 

Stain proof your furniture

August 21, 2013

Do you have those ugly discoloration rings in the tops of your expensive dining room tables, end tables and kitchen cabinets?
They most likely have a lacquer finish which is very poor at resisting water damage.
So, what can be done about it?
Kitchen cabinet, and the furniture industry knows that they can save almost 50% of their labor costs by applying a lacquer coat finish, vs. a polyurethane finish. Lacquer finish can be completed in one day and poly finish in three days. Lacquer dries very quickly, sands easily, and makes a real smooth finish. After spraying and sanding 3 coats of lacquer on a cabinet door you would think it would have 3 layers of protection against dirt and water on it. Truth is that each layer of lacquer melts into the previous layer and all three layers become one thick layer. No matter how many layers of lacquer is sprayed on a piece of furniture, it only counts for one coat. You cannot protect your cabinets, and kitchen, and bathroom cabinets in this way.
My recommendation is to take your damaged and stained furniture and sand it back to the wood. Apply stain or paint to the entire area and allow it to dry for 24 hours. Take polyurethane and apply a coat over the stained or painted surface, and allow to dry for 24 hours. Sand with very fine sand paper to removed raised wood grain, and other imperfections. Remove all dust and debris, and apply second coat of polyurethane. Allow another 24 hours to dry, and repeat with sanding and cleaning area for final third coat. Each coat of polyurethane is a separate layer of protection for your furniture. Yes, you now have a water proof coating and you need not worry if there is a coaster under a glass anymore.
If a child spills their drink on your furniture, it wont be an emergency because the polyurethane is protecting it for you.
I have used this method in my home, and the expensive furniture I want to keep, and it works fabulously.
If you have bathroom or kitchen cabinets that are splitting and cracking, there is a good chance you can refinish them and save them. First remove all the lacquer by sanding. Now you can apply a good oil primer, and apply several poly coats.
Polyurethane is oil based, so it repels water. Remember the secret that oil and water do not mix.