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4 Current Issues in the Construction Industry Affecting Contractors

Learn about four current issues in the construction industry that are having a major impact for contractors in the US.

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10/15/2021

Exterior Contractors

How To Create a Contractor Invoice

When a client pays you for a job, it means all your hard work’s been worth it. Learn how to put together an invoice that is efficient and easy.

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09/23/2021

Exterior Contractors

Selling More Jobs with HOVER

HOVER is designed to help your sales team engage homeowners and get more jobs. Whether you’re getting comprehensive measurements, building quotes faster, or developing trust and excitement with the homeowner when creating designs, HOVER helps you close the sale. Thousands of the most competitive roofing, siding, and windows reps use HOVER today. One feature available with every HOVER report is the 3D model, which is used to help homeowners visualize their project and get excited about the possibilities.

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08/04/2021

Case Studies

Case Study: Tips for Growing a New Business from Hometown Exteriors

Most companies–95% of them, in fact–will never reach $1M in sales. Hometown Exteriors is on track to hit that number in their first year in business. The family-owned exterior renovation company based in Baltimore, Maryland was started in 2020, a tough year for most industries. Even with the challenges of the pandemic, Hometown Exteriors’ owner […]

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03/30/2021

Case Studies

The Power of Two Call Closing in One Virtual Meeting

We are all living life more virtually these days and your customers are no exception. They’ve adapted and now expect to do more from the comfort of their homes without the need for in-person contact. We help contractors every day stand out and succeed with the modern homeowner, which often means selling a job without […]

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02/17/2021

Exterior Contractors

See Our Latest! Estimation and Material Ordering

Last week, hundreds of customers joined us as Mike Gallaugher, an Account Executive at HOVER, presented a LIVE demo of new features in the Transform Plan. Attendees learned about HOVER’s new product capabilities: sales representatives can generate accurate estimates in the field. Production managers can get more dependable labor lists and order materials.  The webinar […]

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02/03/2021

Case Studies

Optimizing the Production Process to Expand Business, Not Headcount

In part two of Dabella’s case study, we examine how their production team leveraged Transform. The result: an uptick in branches without a mirrored increase in headcount. We recently wrote about Dabella, a leader in the home improvement industry who used HOVER to achieve an additional $2M+ in sales. In our last blog, we gave […]

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01/19/2021

Case Studies

Case Study: How HOVER’s Estimates Improved Dabella’s Bottom Line

Recently, we spoke with Dabella, one of our customers and a HOVER success story. We asked Dabella what changes they saw after implementing estimation, a feature in the newest Transform Plan, and heard that, for starters, they saw a $2M+ increase in profits. Let’s dive in.  Who is Dabella?  Dabella is a leader in the […]

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01/07/2021

Exterior Contractors

Introducing: HOVER's Transform Plan

Today, we are excited to announce that we are launching Transform, a suite of new features for contractors, to support their workflow from end to end. Supporting both Sales and Production, these new features like estimation, proposals & contracts, and material ordering, will streamline the pre and post-sale process with precise, comprehensive project data.  Transform […]

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01/06/2021

Exterior Contractors

Webinar Recap: HOVER x SRS Distribution

In partnership with SRS Distribution, we fired up Zoom and discussed how HOVER technology is helping contractors do their jobs better. Using HOVER technology and SRS Distribution’s platform called Roof Hub, contractors have access to powerful tools to help them measure, quote, and complete jobs more efficiently.  Nathan Stump, Director of Marketing at HOVER moderated, […]

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11/24/2020

Exterior Contractors

The New Normal: Remote Engagement for Contractors

Back in March, we wrote about our No-Touch Engagement tools that could help contractors get through the then-recently updated rules on social distancing. Fast forward to October and we’re more or less adapted to this “new normal”. Even though the world has changed, the need for home renovations and repairs has not. Contractors across the […]

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10/27/2020

Exterior Contractors

Selling Hail-Damaged Roofs: The Hail Sales Process From Start to Finish

This storm season, we’re seeing more contractors expanding their traditionally retail businesses to include restoration jobs.  As an exterior contractor, getting to know the ins and outs of restoration can be a game-changer. Not only does this knowledge build trust with homeowners, it also allows you to confidently service as many damaged homes as possible […]

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07/08/2020

Case Studies

Benson Property Restores Homes Faster with HOVER

Anne Benson and her husband decided to start Benson Property with the mission to provide an exceptional experience to homeowners suffering from storm damage. Benson Property has grown into a successful, full-service contractor in Minnesota – an area known for its temperature extremes and a wide variety of storms. They see everything from blizzards, thunder- […]

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07/07/2020

Exterior Contractors

Navigating Storm Season with HOVER

A summary from our webinar, Navigating Storm Season with HOVER, originally presented on June 30, 2020. Industry leaders Jason Martin from Island Roofing and Cory Williams from Beaver Home Services shared stories and tips from their experience using HOVER to engage smarter with carriers and handle more claims during storm season. Watch the full webinar […]

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07/01/2020

Exterior Contractors

Driving Leads Digitally After a Storm: Best Practices From a Digital Marketing Agency

In addition to door-knocking, digital lead generation is a good way for contracting businesses to reach more customers after a storm. HOVER sat down with Mike Kite from Digital Hyve, a national digital marketing agency, to learn a bit more about how digital marketing can help grow your business.  Q) For a long-standing, well-established business, […]

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06/25/2020

Exterior Contractors

Best Practices to Help Restoration Contractors Thrive During COVID-19

We see a lot of restoration contractors who are looking for ways to adapt and drive efficiencies during storm season. Here are our top tips to weather the storm and help you navigate this new normal with solutions that will benefit your business over time. 1. Leverage Technology Technology can help you gather what you […]

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06/05/2020

Exterior Contractors

Growing your home improvement business through digital marketing

A summary from the last webinar of our 3-part series, originally presented on June 3, 2020. Jim Ahlin from Roofer Marketers and Nathan Stump from HOVER discussed how leading contractors can grow and scale their businesses by leaning in on digital marketing. Topics covered include opportunities to generate leads online, the keys to digital marketing […]

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06/04/2020

Exterior Contractors

How to enable virtual selling and help your business thrive

A summary from webinar 2 of our 3-part series. Originally presented on May 13, 2020, Adrian Calabrese and Clayton Pisani from HOVER discussed how leading contractors have enabled virtual selling workflows to maintain their business during social distancing, laying the foundation for long-term efficiency and engagement with homeowners who prefer virtual appointments. Watch the full […]

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05/14/2020

Exterior Contractors

Keep your home improvement business moving forward: Lessons from your peers

A summary of our Fireside Chat Webinar from April 22, 2020 with executives from Endeavor Exteriors and Homefix Custom Remodeling. They discussed how they are keeping their businesses moving forward during these challenging times, sharing their perspectives, wisdom, and inspiration to help guide the industry’s path forward. Watch the full webinar below or access the […]

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04/23/2020

Exterior Contractors

Social distancing doesn't need to stop your business

Almost overnight, social distancing has become the new normal. Despite this, homeowners will need roofs repaired, siding and windows replaced, and homeowner claims resolved. We are in a grand experiment as a nation. We need to rapidly adapt to a world where remote engagement is not only a preference but a requirement. With HOVER, you […]

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03/25/2020

Exterior Contractors

6 Popular Exterior Paint Colors and Combinations

The right exterior paint color can bring out your home’s best features and make an otherwise average house stand out as one that’s beautiful and unique. It’s rewarding to see how a little paint can completely transform a property, and it’s equally fun to pick out the paint colors! Adding a fresh coat of exterior […]

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06/29/2019

Exterior Contractors

Get more done, faster with Integrations

At HOVER, we help you work faster and smarter. That’s why HOVER partners with industry service providers that help you streamline your workflow. By connecting your HOVER account with platforms you already use, you’ll save time on operational tasks and be able to focus more on the things that matter most to your business. From […]

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06/07/2019

Exterior Contractors

7 Marketing Strategies Exterior Contractors Need to Start Doing Now

Whether it’s roofing or full remodels, competition between home improvement contractors is at an all-time high. In this reputation-based industry, deals often come down to word-of-mouth and referrals. Even so, there’s still a lot you can do to take your marketing to the next level and win more business. Here are seven marketing strategies you […]

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04/25/2019

Exterior Contractors

How the Slow Season Can Help You Prepare For Your Best Season

Winter is one of the slowest times of the year for construction businesses. A combination of icy weather conditions, fewer daylight hours, and an increase in homeowner travel leads to an industry-wide decline in construction. Seasonality makes it even harder to survive in an already competitive business environment. In fact, according to a recent Census […]

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03/05/2019

Exterior Contractors

7 Tips To Grow Your Exterior Home Improvement Business

If you’re ready to grow your home improvement business, congratulations: it means that you’ve done plenty of things right along the way. But as you get ready to take the next step, you’ll have to start thinking about yourself a little differently: as a business owner first, and as a builder second. That doesn’t mean […]

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03/05/2019

Exterior Contractors

Remodeling Expectations: Rise of the Omnichannel Homeowner

Americans are spending more on home renovation and external home remodeling. As noted by a recent Harvard University Joint Center for Housing Studies report, “in the aftermath of the Great Recession, the U.S. home improvement and repair industry has fared much better than the broader housing market.” In 2018, homeowners collectively were predicted to spend […]

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01/11/2019

Exterior Contractors

7 Strategies to Generate More Qualified Leads for Your Exterior Home Improvement Business

You need more leads, and they need to be good: so how do you market to and attract just the right customers, without scattering your energy (and your marketing budget) on the exposure that just doesn’t pan out? The answer is not more marketing, but smarter marketing. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you reach […]

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11/20/2018

Exterior Contractors

Contractors: Win More Projects With These 5 Subtle Sales Strategies

If you’re a home improvement contractor who wants to grow your business, you’ll have to be just as good at sales as you are at siding, roofing or installing a window. We’re sharing simple but meaningful sales strategies that can help you communicate your professional experience, make the homeowner feel at ease and excited to […]

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10/30/2018

Exterior Contractors

How Has Working with Exterior Contractors Changed in the Last 10 Years?

The past ten years have been remarkable due to the evolution of technologies. We have seen rapid changes in the ways we buy and sell across the board, from our everyday purchases like groceries to services like medical care, transportation, and even home improvement. Exterior Home Improvement – The Past Ten years ago, we relied […]

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06/14/2018

Exterior Contractors

How to Use HOVER’s 3D Model to Generate More Leads

Before you can start thinking about closing a homeowner’s business, you first need to create awareness around your offering, generate interest, and pinpoint those interested people as leads. But identifying high-quality leads is not a walk in the park. HOVER’s technology can help. HOVER transforms a few smartphone photos of any property into an accurate, […]

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06/06/2018

Exterior Contractors

Top Apps for Contractors

It’s absolutely incredible to consider that the ubiquitous smartphone is, in reality, a technology that’s only about twenty years old. In those two decades, the pocket-sized powerhouses have completely transformed the way we do nearly everything. Apps have made hundreds of everyday life and business processes much more streamlined and efficient. Harnessing the computing power […]

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05/09/2018

Exterior Contractors

The Key to Homeowner Engagement

There’s no way around it. No matter what you do – listening to the radio, watching television, riding to work or reading your emails – you will run into advertisements. Without fully realizing it, you’re being exposed to up to 10,000 brand messages per day. But, how many of those ads do you actually remember? […]

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02/12/2018

Exterior Contractors

5 Contractor Tips to Grow Your Sales Pipeline During Slow Season

Construction business slows down during the winter season, but that doesn’t mean you have to go into hibernation. In this blog post, we’ll share how you can use HOVER during these cold months to grow your pipeline for this year. HOVER is a platform that transforms ground-level photos of any property into a fully measured […]

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02/01/2018

Exterior Contractors

5 Ways to Build Strong Contractor/Client Relationships

Build a strong relationship with your client and not only will they be happy to work with you again in the future, they’ll even rave about you to others when your project is complete. There are plenty of benefits to building great relationships with clients; communicating well, providing accurate information, and ensuring your presence is […]

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12/04/2017

Exterior Contractors

Aerial Roof Measurements vs. HOVER - Which Is More Accurate?

Every contractor knows the frustration–usually counted in dollars–that inaccurate measurements can cause when estimating and completing a roof project. While taking accurate roof measurements is one of many critical steps involved in completing a quality roof job, it can be quite a project in and of itself. Since many roof measurements must be taken long […]

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10/31/2017

Exterior Contractors

How to Stand Out From Your Competitors With an Interactive 3D Model

Thomas Basch, National Account Manager at HOVER, recently hosted a webinar in which he shared his insider tips on how contractors can differentiate themselves from their competitors. He explained how every property captured with the HOVER app is turned into an interactive 3D model that can be used to win over homeowners. Before joining HOVER, […]

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09/14/2017

Exterior Contractors

“Struck-By” Accidents for Exterior Contractors Are on the Rise: How to Keep Your Employees Safe

According to the latest report from the Center for Construction Research and Training, the number of fatalities in the construction industry caused by “struck-by” hazards is higher than in almost any other industry. Just how serious is this issue? Between 2011 and 2015, 804 construction workers were killed across the country from injuries sustained in a […]

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08/31/2017

Exterior Contractors

Why Does Ground-Level Imagery Beat Aerial Imagery?

A question we frequently hear is: “What can you do that your competitors can’t?” By competitors, our customers are generally referring to companies that use aerial imagery rather than ground level photos to provide measurements of properties. In many cases, the answer is clear after learning about some of the more advanced features that HOVER provides […]

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08/23/2017

Exterior Contractors

How to Attract More Labor Force into the Construction Industry

The construction industry is on the brink of a labor shortage crisis. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the labor workforce is aging faster than in any other industry in the country. As of 2015, 20.7% of construction workers were 55 and older while only 7.3% were between 20 and 24. These […]

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07/20/2017

Exterior Contractors

Employee Spotlight: Thomas Basch

Our team here at HOVER is dedicated to advancing the construction industry through cutting edge technology. To help facilitate that cause, we employ individuals with real experience in the field. They bring a unique point of view to their jobs and to the company, to help provide the best possible product for our clients. Thomas […]

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06/22/2017

Exterior Contractors

Tips for Preventing Injury As An Exterior Home Contractor

Close to 6.5 million people work at approximately 252,000 construction sites on any given day across the country. Startlingly, the average rate of fatal injury in the construction industry is higher than the fatalities rate in any other industry. In the most recent report published by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on the […]

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06/20/2017

Exterior Contractors

Employee Spotlight: Steve Caamano

Our employees are what truly make HOVER a dynamic and innovative place to work. We have a team of amazing people with a variety of backgrounds and personalities who are passionate about what they do. HOVER is committed to understand and relate to our customers in order to provide the best product on the market. […]

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06/19/2017

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