So, you have an appointment to meet with a homeowner about a new remodeling or restoration job. Congrats! Here are seven ways you can make the most of that first on site visit by using a mobile project-visualization app.
1. Save Time When Gathering Room Measurements
Ditch your tape measure - it's old-school and takes up too much time. Instead, simply grab your phone and use a mobile project-visualization software to capture and document the dimensions of any room. With the right app, you can even avoid the hassle of having to move furniture out of the way. That’s because the app’s smart technology will automatically sense a room’s full dimensions through your mobile phone’s camera. All you have to do is walk around the space with your phone and let the app capture the width, length and height of the space. This makes measuring go much smoother and faster so you can increase your productivity.
2. Impress the Homeowner with a Digital Drawing
Telling a homeowner what you can do is one thing. Showing what you can do is far better. That’s because many homeowners may need help picturing a project’s end result. But hand-drawn sketches with rushed handwriting are not very effective. A good project-visualization will create a much better impression. It will allow you to sketch a 2D or 3D drawing with detailed dimensions in just a few minutes, right onsite during your initial meeting with the customer. Then it will let you add windows, doors, text, objects and images to your drawing for contextual documentation.
This process will make the potential look of the space come to life, to show how you will make it more beautiful, functional and comfortable for everyday living.
Wowing the homeowner with this advanced technology also will enhance your image as a professional, capable, cutting-edge contractor. That can set you apart from your competition. And it can help make the homeowner more enthusiastic about hiring you.
3. Inspire and Define a Clear Vision
4. Ensure Easy, Accurate Estimating
The accuracy of app-recorded room measurements also helps you calculate the exact materials and supplies you will need to purchase. This way, you can avoid having a surplus of items left over when the project is completed.
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5. Improve Communication with Team Members
6. Minimize Mistakes and Costly Rework
Miscommunication in advance of a remodeling or restoration job can lead to errors, cause delays and increase project costs. Therefore, it makes sense to do anything you can to prevent that from happening. Good job visualization boosts communication before a project begins by making the project less conceptual and more tangible. This helps you interact better with your client, office employees, work crew and subcontractors prior to starting the actual work. Visualization also helps minimize risk if a dispute or insurance claim arises later, after the project is finished, because it serves as another form of documentation.
7. Limit the Need for Multiple In-Person Meetings for Safety Reasons
In order to prevent COVID-19 contagion, you will want to continue social distancing as much as possible. One way you can do that is by minimizing your quantity of meetings per week. Again, a good mobile visualization app can help here. By sharing drawings and a rough estimate during the initial visit with a homeowner, you may be able to limit the number of times you have to return. That’s good for you and your client.
Now that you know the key advantages of visualizing remodeling or restoration projects, the next step is to discover exactly how you can do that. The faster you download and become familiar with a project-visualization app, the quicker you can put it to use to benefit your business!