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Builder: Want Hot Renovation Leads?

Builder - Want Hot Renovation Leads
You love doing nice remodelling projects, and you want to grow your building business by attracting bigger jobs and adding more qualified builders. But, the leads are not coming in and you are not getting opportunities to present many construction quotes. Frustrating!

In this article, I outline the strategies Robert (real name withheld) used to grow the revenues of his renovation building business until he was fully off the tools, and able to take time away with his young family. His business more than doubled in size each year.

Essentially, Robert focused on responding to the immediate opportunities around him and used these as the base for growing his larger renovation business. Here’s what we worked on.

1. Looking at the ordinary with fresh eyes

I’d intended to buy the green BMW with black leather trim. But when I saw the wine-red one with tan trim, I fell in love. Never seen one like that before. So, I bought it. Nice. Then, I couldn’t believe it! Driving home I saw another – exactly the same! I’d never seen one like it before – but then, I was only looking for green!

The lesson? If you are looking only for large renovation leads you simply may not see the dozens of other opportunities around.

So, when Robert looked with fresh eyes, he noticed that almost every house in the area he was working had at least one minor repair needed. So, we blitzed these homes with a simple flyer posted in their mail box. The result? A number of small jobs to keep Robert and his small team busy.

2. Look for opportunities to practice

Small jobs can be a pain to organise, but Robert didn’t treat them as such. Instead, he treated each small job as an opportunity to practice the systems and processes he was developing, especially his sales system.

The thing is, most builders who do small maintenance jobs don’t use a sales system – they just rock up, take a quick look, make a rough estimate and do the work. They’re charging by the hour so spending time on a sales process is hardly necessary. That is until a customer talks to them about a larger renovation! Then it’s all panic, because they have no proven process in place.

So, Robert worked on improving his sales skills, his sales materials and on delivering well presented estimates and quotes. They turned out to be winners.

Now, he didn’t win them all at first, but as he practised his verbal and written presentation skills, his performance improved and his conversion rate climbed until it was almost 100%.

3. Look to give exceptional service

Then he ensured that his team delivered exceptional service. Not simply to protect profitability or to ensure his customers were happy to pay the bill, but to give service that would turn his customers into raving fans.

For some time it seemed like he was running a house maintenance company rather than a renovation and new home building company. But he knew it was just a matter of time before customers who had received exceptional service started talking about it and referring him to their friends.

The professionalism of the quoting process and the quality of the service delivered convinced them that they were dealing with a professional building company capable of way more than just small jobs. And that’s what they told their friends and family.

Hot leads started coming in for larger and larger projects – not simply as requests for quotes but as almost certain bookings for renovations.

The sale had been done by his raving fans!

4. Look to spot inconsistencies

Once the business began growing, Robert focused on identifying inconsistencies – in presentations and in service. As new people were added to the team they needed to be brought up to speed with the reason for working his systems and for giving exceptional customer service. Because they didn’t always “get it” first time, they presented a threat to what Robert was doing. So, he taught his team leaders to intervene when new team members did something different and teach them why they need to do things his way.

In summary, clients contemplating larger projects prefer to minimise their risk by buying from a builder recommended by a friend or family member. So, delivering excellent service to many smaller jobs ensures a steady stream of hot renovation leads for the fewer renovation projects out there.

Do you have further ideas on getting hot renovation leads?

Do you have processes that create raving fans? Or did any interesting thoughts or questions come up as you read this article? I’d love to hear from you.

Just comment below.

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6 Responses to Builder: Want Hot Renovation Leads?

  1. abdul shaiyad May 26, 2014 at 8:10 pm #

    Hi Graeme

    Your articles are very educational.

    Most of my jobs are by word of mouth. As I am a sole director I take on a few jobs at a time. I study the plans properly before quoting for the jobs. I have noticed that a lot of clients go for a cheaper price, and they tend to take several quotations. Quite often the bulding contractors under cut a price to get a job and some times when you drive past those job sites you find that the project has not been completed or takes a long time or the builder has taken off or liquidated his compamy because he cannot complete the job for the price he has quoted for

    Is there a solution to the above?

    • Graeme Owen May 27, 2014 at 9:49 am #

      Hi Abdul.

      Thank you for your comment. You too have observed that the lowest priced builder is not always the best builder. In fact the lowest priced builder may deliver the worst possible outcome. But clients don’t know this.

      Something you could do (to help your clients decide on which builder) is to turn any bad examples you observe into stories to share with your clients to show the dangers of working with a less than reputable builder. Maybe take photos of unfinished works to strengthen the case.

      • Theodore April 28, 2015 at 7:59 pm #

        Hi there!

        One of the concepts I use for getting the job, is to have a “saving-money-for-you” attitude. That means that from the very start of negotiations, I insist, that “our” goal (meaning mine and client’s goal, as a team) is to save money and use quality materials at the same time. To maintain that, I am in a constant research for suppliers with special prices on their products. That way i am showing the client, i have deep knowledge of the market and i can get the materials they like in the right price. That shows respsct for the money, caring for their dream and fidelity to them in person. It also gives me the opportunity to manage the cost on my own and make my profit more reasonable in their mind.

        • Graeme Owen April 28, 2015 at 9:14 pm #

          Hi Theadore. Great that you see your role as getting the best value for your customers.

  2. Katherine June 19, 2014 at 5:28 pm #

    What’s up to every one. The contents existing at this website are actually amazing for people knowledge.
    Well, keep up the good work fellows.

    • Graeme Owen June 21, 2014 at 10:23 am #

      Hi Katnerine. Thanks for the comment. If you wish to receive my latest articles just go to and subscribe. All the very best

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