October 2018 Chairperson’s Message
by Rick Willet
Wow, where did the summer go? Each year it seems to go by faster and here we are in fall and our busiest time of the year. Our experience is that our prospect leads really go up about a week after school starts. Everyone is wanting to get their jobs done before winter comes. Filling up our workload for the end of the year is usually easy. Then when we get closer to the holidays, prospect lead calls will be at the lowest level of the year, which will make filling our work schedule for winter much more difficult. If you experience this issue, the question is how do we combat this? I will share with you an idea that can produce the best return, but we sometimes forget to utilize: reach out to your past clients. Using social media or emails can be one effective way to reach out to past clients. But usually the best way is to call them personally and just check on how they are doing. Build a relationship with them by showing you care about them. Your customers will appreciate it and remember you when the time comes to refer you or call you for their next project. The return on this simple phone call can be enormous. It can easily be the cheapest and most effective way to solidify your work for winter and beyond.
Thanks to Billy’s Restaurant for a great meal at last month’s meeting. Plus, we had a great tour of the historical Kennard House. It was educational to see pictures of the few plots of houses that were here when Lincoln became the state capitol. It also explained when the “friendly rivalry” with Omaha began as they both fought to be the state capitol.
Modular Ramp Currently Available
The Modular Ramp is currently available. If you, or someone you know is in need of a temporary ramp, please call the HBAL office at 402-423-4225.
In 2001, the Home Builders Association of Lincoln was asked by an employee of the Building & Safety Department to help build a ramp for a fellow city employee. Because the need was temporary, it was decided the best approach was to purchase a light-weight modular aluminum ramp which could be assembled on site and, once the ramp was no longer needed, it could be removed and stored for future use. Since then, the ramp has been used numerous times by those in need and HBAL members are quick to volunteer the man hours required to make it happen.
Members of the Remodelers Council of Lincoln last installed the modular ramp system for a Lincoln couple in 2013. This ramp was lent to the couple, one of whom was confined to a wheelchair, on a temporary basis and allowed them to enjoy the outdoors. Click here to view more photos from the installation.