The heart of the home industry has not changed over the years: we build, we make, we design, we sell, we serve clients. But how we do that has significantly evolved, particularly in the past decade. Leveraging technology for builders, designers, and realtors allows us to streamline our businesses and do what we do more efficiently and effectively.
If you’ve been on your smartphone recently, you know there’s an app for everything: exercise, healthy eating, smart scheduling, meditating, gaming, dating, dog walking…. We live in an age where there is a “solution” to just about any need. But that can also make the process of choosing the right technology for your business overwhelming.
We’re here to simplify. Rather than getting caught up in the newest, shiniest option, let’s build a solid foundation for business growth and sustainability. Members of the Home Artisans of Indiana community have found success with the following technologies:
During custom home builds, stress, anxiety, and frustration often run rampant. Owners face a myriad of questions: Where are we? What decisions do I have to make? How much room do I have in my budget? When is electrical work going to start? How do I approve a change order?
BuilderTrend gives them the answers they need. This platform allows homeowners to:
While this is no doubt beneficial to clients, it is equally advantageous for businesses. You can free your people to focus on the project while BuilderTrend handles a great deal of the routine communications that clients need.
This lightweight, highly visual web and mobile task management and organization system is ideal for home industry professionals. Easily:
Planner allows you to control and follow all of the phases of a project’s life cycle, while increasing transparency and access for your team.
In-home measuring apps hold a number of key benefits for both homeowners and businesses. With busy schedules, it can be challenging to arrange a time that works for everyone. You may also have homeowners who are more comfortable with a virtual approach or just prefer the ease of a remote solution, these apps offer a great way to get the job done.
Our members have found the following to be particularly useful:
You can still deliver personalized service in a remote setting. These apps make it easier to make the most of your team’s time and your business’s resources.
Virtual design options are fast becoming the norm. Some ultra-simple and accessible solutions include Pinterest and Houzz, which allow you and your clients to share ideas and find inspiration.
Many businesses are adopting more sophisticated solutions, such as:
Imagine the possibilities! You can streamline your business, serve customers with the “personal touch,” and, ultimately, deliver outstanding results.
Realtors, builders, designers, and other home industry pros need to conduct walk-throughs in order to effectively serve their clients. When doing so in person is not feasible, technology can step in to save the day. Again, you can go simple and opt for Zoom or Facebook Live streams. Many realtors and others prefer more robust solutions, including:
Find the solution that has the features and functions you need and greet clients with a fantastic virtual walk-through experience.
Technology does not supplant what we know to be best practices: operating with integrity, meticulous attention to detail, quality work, and exceptional customer service. No, rather it supports it. Technology in the home improvement industry should help us do what we do best even better, even more efficiently, and even more effectively.
Members of the Home Artisans of Indiana community have access to the most creative, innovative minds and ideas in the industry; if you need some inspiration for integrating technology into your business, call on your peers. We can help. Get in touch with HAOI today.
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