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The Most Important Question to Ask Before Creating a Customer’s Outdoor Living Space

A customer’s reasons for wanting additions or renovations often have multiple layers. Peeling back those layers is critical for proposing a design that will truly meet and fulfill your customer’s unique vision. How?  ASK, “WHY?”— MULTIPLE TIMES  For example, let’s say Customer A and Customer B both approach you with “I want a deck.” But…

Product Spotlight: SCREENEZE® Turns Patios into Paradise

With warmer weather here, homeowners want to spend more time in their backyards—without the buzzing and biting of annoying insects. Homestead Outdoor Products has the perfect solution in stock: SCREENEZE®, a fixed-screen system that allows you to transform your customers’ patios and porches into bug-free outdoor living spaces. Call us for more information! Simple to…

Three Deming Principles to Improve Productivity and Work Quality

In our last newsletter, we talked about the renowned management consultant W. Edwards Deming and his Plan-Do-Study-Act process to improve productivity. Now, let’s explore three more Deming principles that can help you manage your business.   Create constancy of purpose toward improvement of product and service. Think ahead to the future. If you’re considering expanding…

Key-Link Cable Railing Systems: Sleek Styling for a Contemporary Look

For customers looking for unobstructed views, cable railing systems deliver an open, low-profile alternative to more traditional fence and railing options. Their ease of installation makes them attractive to contractors, too. Key-Link Fencing & Railing offers both horizontal and vertical cable railing products that are conveniently boxed as kits and sold in 36” and 42”…

Plan-Do-Study-Act: Getting It Done the Deming Way

W. Edwards Deming—engineer, educator, and management consultant—left his mark on the working world with his revolutionary productivity principles. Although he advised international corporations, his teachings also can help local contractors improve how they work and increase profits. Plan-Do-Study-Act Deming’s Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) cycle is particularly helpful. It’s based on applying four steps to projects, so that…

Product Spotlight: Fiberon® Good Life Decking

Homestead Outdoor Products is now stocking Fiberon Good Life Decking to replace Wolf’s recently discontinued Terrace Decking line. Wolf will serve as the area distributor of Good Life Decking. With similar pricing and features as Terrace Decking, Fiberon Good Life Decking is filling the “good” spot in our “good, better, best” options lineup. It offers…