Remodeler of the Month: Make a Plan

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While the remodeling market continues to thrive across much of the country, one of the more seasoned and successful remodelers in the Houston area cautions: "Only the strong and organized survive." [caption id="attachment_14192" align="alignright" width="300"] Larry Abbott is the recipient of the NAHB Remodeler of the Month award for January.[/caption] Larry Abbott, CGR, CAPS, RCS, owner of Abbott Contracting, speaks from experience, and it's a big reason why he was recently honored with the NAHB Remodeler of the Month award for January. Early in his career, Abbott observed how many of the contractors he worked with were very unorganized, and lacked basic customer service and communication skills. In nearly every case, they eventually developed poor relationships with clients, and ultimately, diminished their referral streams. With a love for the industry and a watchful eye on those various pitfalls, Abbott knew he could be successful as a remodeler. He founded Abbott Contracting in 1986 and the company has been growing ever since, thanks to his ability to adapt to continual market changes and challenges. "Back when I first started, there weren't nearly as many specialized trades," Abbott said. "Now, you have as many as 25 different subs and vendors to complete a project. And through modern technology, the speed of every aspect of the job is phenomenal." To help him stay connected and up to date with remodeling trends and issues, Abbott also leans heavily on the experiences and insights shared by his fellow members of the Greater Houston Builders Association and its remodelers council. "Our chapter has over a hundred event opportunities annually to meet amazing people — there is no advertising or marketing better than face-to-face," Abbott said. "Being a member these past 14 years has been a successful investment in my business." In a recent Q&A for Qualified Remodeler, Abbott goes into more detail about the power of networking and value of his HBA membership, as well as the greatest opportunities he sees within the industry. Read the full article here. Know a professional remodeler who takes remodeling to the next level? Nominate him or her for NAHB Remodeler of the Month.

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