Category Archives: 2020


I'm Afraid I Can't Make any Money on Rebuild

Posted on May 18, 2020 6:19 AM by Jack Dennison

A contractor recently said this to me. I accept that not all contractors know how to make a good profit on rebuild, but the right question is whether there is good...

The Weekly Management Team Meeting is a Necessary Driver for Success

Posted on May 11, 2020 6:24 AM by Jack Dennison

In my company this Tuesday morning, 90-minute meeting included: Owner Managers Project Managers Estimators Office Manager Collections Agent That's about everyone but your techs. We reviewed every job whose status was just Received through Not Completed. In our company...

Can I Share Another 5-Star Review With You?

Posted on May 4, 2020 4:32 PM by Jack Dennison

I'm a construction management expert. As a Restoration contractor, I was a: Licensed General Contractor Haag Certified Residential Roof Inspector Colorado General Abatement Contractor Certified Aging in Place Specialist I know construction management and quality...

Let's Elevate Your Water Technician's Performance

Posted on May 4, 2020 12:48 PM by Jack Dennison

Every performance evaluation begins with an assessment. Using a spreadsheet number top to bottom 1 – 10 and across the top, the name of each technician. Use this grid to record...

The 5 Best Reason To Get Into Roofing this Summer

Posted on May 4, 2020 12:46 PM by Jack Dennison

Here are the best reasons to add roofing to your rebuild services: High volume of work – Hail storms produce tens of thousands of damaged roofs and could lead to hundreds...

How to Start a Restoration Business Series

Posted on May 3, 2020 9:14 AM by Jack Dennison

This series gives you everything you need to know about starting a restoration business. Once you decide to start a restoration business, you may recognize the value of business coaching. We all want to maximize our investment by doing the right things, in the right way, in the correct order, and at the right timi…

How to Organize a Restoration Company Startup

Posted on May 3, 2020 9:10 AM by Jack Dennison

What is the typical organizational structure for a restoration business startup?

Restoration Company Startups Need Training & Certifications

Posted on May 3, 2020 9:07 AM by Jack Dennison

Restoration company startups need industry training and required certifications.

Restoration Company Startups Need Equipment & Personnel

Posted on May 3, 2020 9:04 AM by Jack Dennison

Restoration business startups must buy equipment and provide personnel to do the work.

How Much Money Can a Restoration Company Startup Make?

Posted on May 3, 2020 9:02 AM by Jack Dennison

Restoration company startups can make a lot of money in their first 12 months.

Should a Restoration Company Startup Begin as a Mitigation-Only or Full-Service Company?

Posted on May 3, 2020 8:53 AM by Jack Dennison

Restoration company startups should not limit themselves to water damage only, be a full-service contractor who does the rebuild too.

What Services Should a Startup Restoration Company Provide?

Posted on May 3, 2020 8:48 AM by Jack Dennison

Restoration company startups do water damage, rebuild and roofing.

Is the Restoration Industry Recession Proof?

Posted on May 3, 2020 8:43 AM by Jack Dennison

Startup business owners look for recession proof industries. Is the Restoration Industry Recession Proof?

May 1 is National Roofing Day!

Posted on April 28, 2020 10:54 AM by Jack Dennison

Not really, but it does mark the start of the roofing season! I remember one hail storm that rolled through the Northern Colorado Springs, damaging 24,000 homes. Within a week, we...

Remodelers What Are You Going to Do Now?

Posted on April 20, 2020 8:11 AM by Jack Dennison

Most remodeling work for kitchen, bath, basement, decks, etc. has dried up thanks to Coronavirus. While some owners are happy to take a rest until things settle down, remodeling will be...

What Are Remodelers to Do Now??

Posted on April 20, 2020 6:40 AM by Jack Dennison

You've been here before! The Great Recession of 2008 put 1.5 million construction people out of work. Half of all remodeling companies were crushed by the financial downturn and out...

What Would You Do With $250,000

Posted on April 17, 2020 9:04 AM by Jack Dennison

That's the question facing one contractor. They are a small company doing mostly roofing and a little mitigation, but no rebuild, and no TPAs. When they added TPAs and rebuild, in the...

Is It Worth It?

Posted on April 16, 2020 9:09 AM by Jack Dennison

How do you determine value? Like most of us, it's what you get for what you give. That idea governs our investments, home purchases, equipment purchases, and more. The idea of...

Where to Find More Work for Your Remodeling Business

Posted on April 15, 2020 8:08 AM by Jack Dennison

Remodelers remodel. The problem is that in the age of Coronavirus, no one wants to remodel. So what's a remodeler to do? I have written many times about how remodelers can...

The #1 Problem with TPAs is Noncompliance

Posted on April 13, 2020 12:29 PM by The Restoration Entrepreneur

No, yours – not theirs! Each time you join a TPA vendor program, you're given Program Requirements for that insurance company. They spell out the expectations of the relationship. In our program,...

How Much Money Do Restoration Companies Make?

Posted on April 13, 2020 6:58 AM by Jack Dennison

How much money can you make in this work? The average size of a mitigation job in the US is $3500, and the average size rebuild for that same $3500 mitigation...

What Does it Take to Get into the Insurance Industry?

Posted on April 13, 2020 6:26 AM by Jack Dennison

The most common way to get into the insurance industry is to add mitigation services. This includes water mitigation, mold remediation, and fire and smoke cleanup. It takes only a modest...

Remodeling Contractors - Have You Thought About Getting Work from the Insurance Industry?

Posted on April 8, 2020 3:27 PM by Jack Dennison

Many remodeling contractors have given serious thought to adding insurance damage repair work to their remodeling services for several reasons: They want to increase annual sales, and this is a great...

What's Working? What's Not?

Posted on April 8, 2020 9:06 AM by Jack Dennison

In the age of Coronavirus … SCHEDULED SERVICES are NOT working Carpet cleaning Tile & Grout Duct Cleaning Remodeling If it's discretionary work, it's NOT working. FACE TO FACE MARKETING is NOT working No agent marketing No plumber marketing No...

Restorers Qualify for the Paycheck Protection Program (SBA) and Loan Forgiveness

Posted on April 6, 2020 12:12 PM by Jack Dennison

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) authorizes up to $350 billion in forgivable loans to small businesses to pay their employees during the COVID-19 crisis. This program pays you to keep your...

Commissions, Incentives, Bonuses - What's the Difference?

Posted on March 28, 2020 12:55 PM by Jack Dennison

Knowing the difference may save you thousands of dollars each year. Pay sales COMMISSIONS for work you would not otherwise get. Pay no commission for TPA work assigned to you. Mitigation doesn't require...

What Now Remodelers?

Posted on March 26, 2020 12:07 PM by Jack Dennison

You've been here before! The Great Recession of 2008 put 1.5 million construction people out of work. Half of all remodeling companies were crushed by the financial downturn and out...

It's Time for an Inventory

Posted on March 26, 2020 7:08 AM by Jack Dennison

Not an equipment inventory, but an inventory of your life and business. Life-changing inventories begin with reflection, followed by a plan, and are completed with commitment. Personal Reflection: What do I like least/most...

Face to Face Marketing is Dead in the Age of Coronavirus

Posted on March 25, 2020 6:56 AM by Jack Dennison

The traditional troika of restorer's marketing insurance agents, plumbers, and property managers is dead. Can you imagine sitting across from an insurance agent, each wearing protective gloves and a mask...

Reconstruction – Correcting Misinformation

Posted on March 20, 2020 7:57 AM by Jack Dennison

Some Restorer's stay out of rebuild work because of myths and misinformation. Here are the facts! What about licensing? 50% of States don't require a GC license, and many others require a Home...

Customers Expect Full-Service! Why Don't You?

Posted on March 19, 2020 10:58 AM by Jack Dennison

During this pandemic, full-service is more crucial than ever. Damage repair customers don't want to deal with the added dangers of multiple companies, multiple managers, and multiple offices. They want you...

Coronavirus Update

Posted on March 15, 2020 11:55 AM by Jack Dennison

In the face of the global pandemic and US national emergency, life has changed. What can Restorers expect for your business and work? Protect your workers: · Check them daily for fever...

What Does It Mean to Get Added to a TPA

Posted on March 9, 2020 6:42 AM by Jack Dennison

I know one contractor active on 4 TPAs that represent 42 insurance companies. Another is active on 26 carriers through Contractor Connection alone. A single TPA gives you access to a large...

Afraid of How the Coronavirus Might Impact Your Business?

Posted on March 1, 2020 9:29 AM by Jack Dennison

The sectors hardest hit by the Great Recession were financial services and construction. 1.5 million construction workers lost their jobs. 50% of remodeling companies were out of business by 2012. A...

What Profit Margin Does Each Division of Your Business Make?

Posted on February 27, 2020 10:36 AM by Jack Dennison

What profit margin does your water division, rebuild division, or mold division produce? Job costing provides the per job profit margin, but how do you get the division-wide profit margin...

Track the Kinds and Sources of Money Your Business Earns

Posted on February 27, 2020 10:32 AM by Jack Dennison

It's important that you track the KINDS of money you make. Water Mitigation Money Mold Remediation Money Fire Cleanup Money Rebuild Money Track your KINDS of money gives an accurate picture of how you are...

What’s the ONE Time Insurance Agents Want to See a Restorer?

Posted on February 12, 2020 7:59 AM by Jack Dennison

Don't miss your best opportunity to market insurance agents. There is only ONE time they are interested in talking to us and we need to take advantage of that, every time!

Watch Out All You Mitigation-Only Companies the Pendulum Is Swinging to Full-Service

Posted on February 3, 2020 6:56 AM by Jack Dennison

Watch Out All You Mitigation-Only Companies the Pendulum Is Swinging to Full-Service A mammoth shift is underway in the restoration industry! There are mounting expectations for restoration companies to provide both mitigation...

5 Star Review

Posted on February 3, 2020 6:38 AM by Jack Dennison

I just have to share this with you! Here is a 5-star review given by a former client contractor. It is just too good to not share with others. Easily one of...

5 Star Review

Posted on February 3, 2020 6:34 AM by Jack Dennison

OK, guys, … I’m sorry … just one more time. I have to share just one more 5-star review with you. Numbers are all important and really do tell a story....

STOP Plumber Referrals - NOW!

Posted on February 1, 2020 7:12 AM by Jack Dennison

Every once in a while, an economic bubble occurs. It happened with oil, it happened with tech, and it happened with housing. When you see it building, you know it’s a...