By Renée Biery

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Add-on’s, renovations, and new construction homes can seem intimidating to take on. How do you even get started? How do you find and manage contractors? What surprises should you anticipate coming up? How long do these things take?

In this podcast, you will learn all that and so much more!

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What you will learn in this episode: 

  • Why you shouldn’t take on any new projects until 2023

  • Tips for gift giving to your clients

  • Planning your time off as well as your contractors, subcontractors, and clients

Today we are keeping with the topic of overwhelm since we are about to go into the holiday season. We have big topics to discuss on how to finish strong in this calendar year!!

Designers AND homeowners, if you are listening to this on the day of its release, October 4th, 2022, today is the day you will not take on any new projects until 2023.

Ok, I’m sure you’re wondering what the heck I’m talking about. 

So today is the day I want you to give yourself permission to have a productive end of year without the mayhem and chaos by taking on new projects. 

Now, if you have projects scheduled in November, ofcourse you see those through. I am referring to NEW inquiry calls.

So if you have renovation projects starting in November, you have to plan out the days that people will not be working for the holidays. And that can vary depending on if your clients have school-age children, college kids coming home, or are hosting a dinner party.

All of that has to come into play and be planned accordingly.

Then what happens a few weeks after Thanksgiving? Christmas comes, and the whole world shuts down. 

All of these variables add to the complexity of a normal renovation project which has TONS of moving parts. Then again, you have to go through vacation schedules for contractors and subcontractors or when your client is having company. You just don’t want to add to the aggravation that a construction project always creates for a homeowner.

Now when are YOU taking vacation? 

For me, I take time off for each holiday, no questions asked. That is for my family and me. 

This is an important component to weigh in if you get a new client call. You don’t want to push off too many people to January to end up taking on more than is possible for you. 

I also want you to vet your clients better than you may have in the past. A good way to take on the RIGHT clients is to always vet your clients with a phone call. 

Do not take the time to go to their house. It is valuable time you can’t get back if it’s not a good fit, it can be uncomfortable if both parties know it’s not going to work out. 

Also, as part of your vetting process, make sure the work does not compromise an existing client and the quality you can offer them by taking on too many new projects too soon. 

So, remember, do not take on any new clients between now and the end of the year. You just will not have the bandwidth to do it well. And I would much rather you push off a client until January and explain the why because that is what will get you the referrals for the next projects. 

I hope this helps you make sure the end of the year is something that can be managed without you losing your mind, overloading your schedule, and therefore disappointing clients.

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