Although a thousand dollars might not get you as far as some remodeling shows on television would have you believe, even this small amount can do a lot. This is especially true if your current space functions well-no loose parts or leaks-but is in need of a facelift. Here are some useful ideas to consider:
Keep your towels dry and toasty with a heated towel bar. You can find some for $100 or less.
Upgrade your shower head to one with multiple settings, including a massage or pulsating setting.
Improve your lighting and ventilation with a combination light and exhaust fan. One with a heat setting will keep you from getting chilled when you get out of the shower.
Update towel bars, hooks, toothbrush and toilette paper holders, and cabinet hardware. Add matching shelves to your towels and toiletries.
Replace the vanity with a new wood model that has a stone counter.
Add a new mirror and faucet. Consider keeping your current vanity but replace your toilet and faucet and add a new vinyl floor.
Add a set of sconces on either side of the mirror or medicine cabinet.
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I had the opportunity to meet and offer assistance to a wonderful client recently with regards to issues concerning tile repair work on their Jacuzzi decking and skirt. Upon inspection, there were a number of tiles that had come off the deck and the finishing trim was detached. We came to a mutual agreement that it was best to remove the existing tile and replace the decking and skirt with the same colour and texture of tile to ensure everything matched. This project was started on a Monday and here’s how it went…
Phase 1: Demolition
The first phase of this project was to remove the original ceramic tile from the skirt and decking. When the original builder installed the Jacuzzi deck and skirt, they framed it with “2 X 4” and covered it with 1/2 inch plywood. They then applied mesh onto the plywood and installed the tile on the mesh. A hammer and crowbar was used to remove the original tile.
By taking our time removing the existing tile, this removal process really wasn’t that difficult. The most difficult part was removing the steel mesh. The next step was removing the staples that held the steel mesh onto the plywood. At this stage we had a nice clean surface to start the rebuild as shown in the photo below.
New steel mesh was applied over the entire deck and skirt. NOTE: Always put on safety work gloves to protect your hands when working with steel mesh as this material can cause cuts and other injuries. Staples were applied to secure the mesh onto the plywood, starting with the skirt first then the deck. An unmodified thin-set cement was used to apply a scratch coat on to the surface area. We then let the cement dry for 24 hours.
Tip: When applying a scratch-coat, remember to keep the surface area level. Avoiding uneven surfaces will help prevent issues when you move on to the tiling stage.
My personal preference from past experience, is to keep the surface a little rough to help the new ceramic tiles bond better.
Phase 3: Tiling
With all the prep work now completed, we were ready to start setting new tile. Our client chose a 12×12 ceramic tile for this project. 1/4-in. spacers were used for the tile and White PVC tile edging strip was installed in the location were the deck tiles met the skirt tile.
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Next stage of the project-grout. Remember when applying grout to work a small area at a time and to go over the area with a sponge to prevent the grout from drying on the ceramic.
Phase 4: Finished Product
When looking at the finished product you can see how close we came to matching the existing back-splash, not one hundred percent but pretty close match. Grout lines came out nice and PVC tile edging strips really add the finishing touches.
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Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services was hired to do a complete double bathroom renovation. We gave our clients the best price possible, worked with them every step of the way from the beginning to the end. I have included some before and after photos stages of this particular project. Enjoy!
So Here’s What We Did:
– removal of existing bathtubs and replaced with deeper modern acrylic tubs
– installed new backer board for both showers
– installed ceramic tile of 2 different colors as well as a mosaic inlay that consisted of a combination of glass and marble.
– flooring was to be completely replaced in one bathroom with new ceramic tile and grout while the other required some tile to be replaced
– client chose to have melamine countertops installed on original vanities
– installation of new sinks, new fixtures for bathtubs and faucets
– oval shower curtain installed
I personally had a wonderful experience with our clients. I learned a lot about them and shared some wonderful tricks of the trade and look forward to working with them again in the future. I am very pleased at the results and so are our clients.
Tip: In this project, our clients saved money by deciding to reuse and repainting their existing vanities along with deciding on painting the bathrooms themselves.
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The majority of the public work hard and long hours in this country. The weekends come and go. For some of us the weekends are the days of catching up and getting errands done at home. There’s just never seems to be enough time to get things done and to really enjoy and relax on the weekends. It’s no wonder some of us are tired and seem miserable. For some companies in retail for example, weekends are the 2 days they rely on for the best sales and profits. When I go into a store to shop, I’m not thinking about the store’s sales increases. First thing on my mind as a customer is to get in and get out. I don’t have the patience for long lineups and poor customer service. I know once I’m done I have to load and unload my vehicle once I get home and get everything put away. Been there. Done that. One more thing off the list.
New outlets of advertising a businesses is always changing. Avenues like social media, internet and you tube for example are just a few tools to name to get your brand out there to the world. Bottom line though, Customer Service will always remain the same and should be considered a #1 priority on your list in any business. How you practice Customer Service skills can create a positive or negative impact on your business. Below are a few tips and ideas on how to improve your customer service skills to get the best results in your business.
Always Greet Your Customers
So at 8am in the morning, your customers are the first person they see to the start of their day. You as an employee or store owner could just make that customer’s day so much better and take some of the anxiety away by just simply greeting your customers. Nothing makes someone feel better than actually being noticed with a pleasant “Good Morning!” or “How are you today?” I’ve experienced customers getting actually “thrown off guard” and looking behind them thinking you’re talking to someone else, when in fact you’re talking to them! It makes a person feel comfortable and important. It’s a wonderful feeling knowing that your organization was a truly great experience for them and will come back over and over again.
Treat Your Customers With Respect
Always remember to treat your customers with respect. These are the people who pay you, your employees and the bills! Treat them like they are your guests. Provide great customer service. Make them feel that they can come to you if they need any assistance, have any questions or concerns about a product or service. There is never such a thing as a bad question. If you don’t have an answer for them, let them know that you will find someone who can! Go above and beyond.
Talk and Chat With Your Customers
Over the years I’ve made it a mission to get to know our customers by name. Building a relationship with our customers is one of my top priorities. You’d be amazed how much a customer is willing to tell you about themselves. Hey, they are human beings too just like everyone else. Your customers will come back to you time and time again and refer your business to others because that special relationship and pleasant experience. Wouldn’t you want to be somewhere where everyone knows your name? Doing a simple gesture as chatting with a customer can be a very powerful tool. It can let an owner know about how well their businesses is doing and or any improvements and suggestions that can be made to improve it.
Interact With Customers In A Related Way
Again interacting with your customer can give an owner important information about their organization. Your customers are the best critics of your business. Every day in the land of running a business presents its own and unique challenges. Invite positive or negative feedback. Putting up a “suggestion” box in an area of your business is a great way to get your customers involved. This can give them a sense of involvement in your organization. Sure you may find some negative feedback but use this as an avenue on how you can improve your business. This is what’s going to make your business stand out from the competition. Act on them in a timely fashion. Deal with complaints in a quick and professional manner. There’s always going to be an unhappy customer in any organization but it’s how you deal with them and their issues that can make the difference of getting that customer’s issues resolved with a positive conclusion at the end of the day. Learn how to listen to your customers concerns or bad experience. Then act on them. It’s all about doing the “right thing.”
Turn Up To Work With A Positive Attitude
Customers pick on your attitude. Leave your personal issues at home. We all have bad days at work but no one will notice it more than your customers. If you are a business owner, learn to treat your employees with respect and acknowledge their accomplishments. Letting them know what a great job they are doing will uplift their spirits and make them feel appreciated and will work harder for you. When your staff are happy, they’ll come to work with a positive attitude and the customers will see this. Issues at work should be dealt in a professional matter in the appropriate place like your supervisor’s office or Human Resources Department. There’s nothing worse than hearing staff complain about issues while your customers are shopping or using your services. It makes it a negative impact on the business and bad experience for the customer. People don’t want to be around miserable people and it’s not professional.
Understand Your Customers Needs
Every customer is unique and important. If you are in the grocery retail chain business, you may have a client that has a peanut allergy and requires peanut free products that you don’t carry but the competition does. What would you do? Here’s a great example of understanding your customers needs. If it’s possible, perhaps you could possibly find out where these particular products are sold and see if you could find a supplier that can carry them in your store. This suites your customers needs and will ensure they will be coming to your location for this particular product. Simple little solutions like this can make a customer feel important and give them reassurance knowing that you are there for “them.”
Discover The Impact You Have Around Customers
I remember a situation where I had a regular customer come in one morning. He came in to buy a particular bread that we baked every morning for his wife who was at home extremely sick. He was anxious to get home. I couldn’t give him the bread as it was still baking and would require some time to cool down before I could place them in plastic bags along with the label. Really there was nothing I could do. He was so persistent and getting upset. Because I have such strong customer service skills, I asked him if he lived very far. He was surprised I asked this question. He replied about 5 minutes away. I offered a solution. I made a deal with him. Once the bread was ready I would personally purchase the bread come to the house on my break and deliver it to him and his wife. He was shocked that I would do something like this. He thanked me so much and said he would come back later. 2 weeks later he came back to the store with his wife and other family members. He introduced me to his wife and wanted to personally thank me for the nice gesture I offered. It was a wonderful feeling and whenever they came in to shop they always came to see me or request for me to help them with any assistance. Sadly to say, his wife passed away. To this day I will always remember the opportunity of meeting this wonderful man and his wife. So as the title says: Discover The Impact You Have Around Customers. In this case I feel these customers had more of an impact on me that day then the other way around.
Excite Your Customers About Your Products
It’s always exciting when a business has a new product or service that a customer can benefit from. Don’t keep it a secret. Let everyone know about it. Do research and education your staff on it so that they all have a better understanding. This way they can communicate back to the customer. Whenever we have a special offer, I can’t wait to tell the world about it. You’re customers pick up on that excitement and interest and will want to know more about it and tell their friends and family about it. Great deals or campaigns can be advertised via so many avenues today. Social Media, Campaigns, Emails, Flyers , Newspapers or Store Front Signs are some great ways to advertise. Customers can’t wait to tell others about a New Product they benefited from!
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Providing a complimentary consultation is a huge advantage not only to the company offering this service but to the client as well. In the industry of Home Improvement/Home Maintenance Services, complimentary consultations are viewed favorably by our customers. In most cases the general public is always looking for a bargain and at the best price possible for any product or service offered. Satisfied clients with a particular service or product will spread the word about the incredible value they received. This could result in an increase in sales for any company. By implementing an offer as simple as a complimentary consultation, you could see a potential increase in the number of interested prospects contacting Home Improvement/Maintenance Services in search of a good deal. This could be even more beneficial than positive word of mouth from satisfied clients.
Free Complimentary Consultations-Disadvantages:
The advantages of providing free consultations must be weighed against the disadvantages. First, the potential client seeking a complimentary consultation may be Renovation or Home Improvement shopping—contacting many contractors and meeting with them to determine who would be the best fit or perhaps the “cheapest”. Even if the contractor devotes substantial time to the complimentary consultation and answers all of the potential client’s questions, the potential client might still comment along the lines of, “I need to think about it, I have 2 more contractors coming to give an estimate—I’ll contact you at a later date.” Beware. Potential clients who look for the “cheapest” quote may in fact not be getting the best deal in the end. In these cases, the contractor will not recoup the lost income for time spent during the free consultation.
Remember, the commodity that contractors sell is experience and knowledge—their opinion and expertise regarding a client’s project. Contractors who offer complimentary consultations are giving away their commodity to that potential client.
And even if the complimentary consultation does result in a new client, it might not be the type of client that the contractor wants. All Home Improvement and Home Maintenance Organizations want their companies to succeed and make a profit. If a client contacts a contractor based on the complimentary consultation, will the client be willing to pay for the contractors future work and time? And if the client is willing to pay for the initial retainer fee, will the client pay fees exceeding that retainer? These questions are difficult to answer—but contractors need to consider them all the same.