Gone are the days when an interior designer or home remodeler needed to bring large portfolio files and folders to showcase his or her ideas and designs. Being equipped with the right technology tools and software has helped designers and remodelers become more efficient and effective in the industry.
These tools help designers and remodelers focus on their creativity and primary functions rather than spending their valuable time on the day-to-day business operations. Here is a list of some reliable and useful software that will help you run your interior design or home remodel business more efficiently.
For years Design Manager has been the first choice for interior designers around the world. It helps in the efficient tracking of several projects from start to finish. It facilitates project management through cost and expense tracking, incorporating changes, initiating invoices, purchase orders, and client proposals. With its database services, Design Manager helps in the maintenance of inventory records, décor themes, and storage of previous project data. On our monthly webinar series, we did an interview with the team at Design Manager, take a look here.
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One of the best interior design apps currently available, this program allows you to overcome communication problems, helps reduce costs, eliminates fabrication errors, and plays a vital role in the marketing function of the interior design business. With its superior quality and professional capabilities, the program facilitates designers in creating several sketches and idea prototypes with just a few clicks. It’s easy to use templates help improve design efficiency and displays your work with the highest quality of graphics. You can help clients visualize various home decor themes by its drag and drop feature that allows adding and removing various furnishings, fixtures, art pieces, electronic appliances, and other similar objects.
Home Styler offers a diverse range of features and tools that are simple to use and fast to execute. It allows interior designers and their clients to virtually look and feel how a particular theme or object will look in their homes. With its ability to enhance a picture into a 3D graphic model, it helps create a more realistic approach towards selecting the home decor objects that you like, visualizing decluttering options becomes easy, and allows you to try out different combinations and themes without having to spend a fortune. It provides resources for articles, interior design news, and updates, the latest decor apprises, and a large collection of images. Through this software’s networking capabilities you get to build strong and productive connections with other interior designers of the industry.
Helping you take your interior design business to the next level, Fuigo is an innovative project management tool. Its comprehensive design and features allow you to streamline your business operations and manage every step of the project starting from proposal to final hand over. Ideal for organizing your ideas and planning for new projects, it helps in scheduling and tracking expenses and payments. It is an all-in-one program that helps small and medium-sized design and remodeling firms to improve their efficiency and enhance their effectiveness in the market.
These are just some of the industry software that can make your life a little easier. For more information check out our Resource Library for additional resources and marketing tips. If you want to speak with one of our experts contact us or schedule a strategy session so we can better understand you business and show you how we can help grow your business and your brand.
As states around the nation are setting timelines to restart life and reopen economies, businesses are now contemplating what these orders will mean for their operations. It’s becoming a new challenge to bring back the employees and maintain their safety as well.
Different states will have different safety guidelines, so the businesses will have to stay updated on those guidelines to abide by the law. However, how dramatic the effect of the virus will be on the businesses depends on the nature of the work involved and the location of the business.
Many organizations that are able to work online can manage their employees remotely but the other businesses that involve social interaction are still in flux.
As you know, in the kitchen and bath remodeling industry, you have to interact with the clients, visit their homes, and complete your projects there. It involves a lot of social interaction and exposure. So, this made us ponder on how to reopen a kitchen and bath remodel business after the quarantine period is over.
After much reflection, speaking with clients and other professionals, we have come up with some useful tips on how you can restart your kitchen and bath remodeling business. Here they are:
4 Ways to Restart Your Kitchen and Bath Remodel Business
1. Maintain Engineering Controls
Engineering controls include the practices where you isolate your employees from work-related hazards. These types of controls do not rely on the worker’s behavior and use cost-effective solutions to reduce exposure to hazards.
Here are some engineering controls you can implement in your companies for COVID-19:
2. Practice Administrative Controls
Administrative controls are the ones that require prompt action by an employer or an administrator. These controls refer to some changes in the work procedures or policies to reduce exposure.
Some of the examples of administrative controls include:
3. Follow Safe Work Practices
In this area of practice, employees are equally involved in maintaining a healthy and safe work environment.
Here’s what employees and employers can do to maintain hygiene in their offices:
4. Reschedule Appointments with Medically Serious Clients
Hold all client meetings by video conference that can be done that way and if in person meetings are necessary install hand sanitizer at the door for the clients who visit your office. Make sure to maintain safe distance from all clients and encourage them to wear mask when visiting your office. Consider doing some E-design with clients that prefer video conferencing meetings.
If you have clients with a compromised immune system and serious medical conditions, send emails to them requesting to reschedule the appointments. Avoid visiting or meeting clients that show signs of cold or fever. Instead, talk to them by video conference or on the phone and ask them to delay their project for a while for the safety of your employees. This will slow down your business process for a few weeks but it’s always better to be safe than sorry.