Which Lead Generation Sites Are The Best For Contractors?

As a member on a number of contractor forums, it seems that every day another user posts the same question: “What is the best lead generation site for contractors” or “Has anyone tried?”

These types of posts tend to get replies ranging from flattering to furious. XYZ Contractor swears by a company while ACME Contractor swears AT the same company and Joe The Plumber damns ALL lead generation companies to hell.

So, who should you listen to?
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How To Get Free Construction Leads

For contractors, it can be tough to find construction leads, regardless of how long you have been in the industry. With the ever-changing economy, it’s hard to choose an exact method when it comes to generating construction leads.

Outside of lead generation services, you should be looking for the best way to get construction leads. Now this means a little extra work sometimes, but there is a payoff in the money you can save. Here are a few ways you can get free construction job leads. CONTINUE READING

Top Exterior House Color Schemes

If you’re considering selling your home or are ready to improve your curb appeal, there’s plenty you can do to make your home beautiful. A major change could be changing the color of your home.

However, it’s not a decision you’ll want to make lightly. An exterior paint job is an investment that can change the entire look of your home for good. Choosing the right colors can sometimes be the most difficult part of any paint project. To help, here are a few suggestions on the best exterior house colors.

Home Exterior Elements

Exterior Paint Elements

While you may see your home as one whole item, when it comes to painting, there are many separate items to be considered. If it was all painted one color, your home would look very dull. It’s a good idea to have a house color and an accent color or two to make it stand out. Here are a few elements to consider:

  • Siding: Should be your main color focal point.
  • Window & Door Trim: Neutral accent colors work best here.
  • Front Door: Make your front door pop with color.
  • Railings & Spindles: Another area you can play with an accent color or neutral.
  • Shutters: While neutral accents work best, some homeowners like to coordinate with their door or trim color here.

Gray Home Exterior

1. Gray

Trending both inside and out is gray in all shades. Depending on what you choose for your siding, it can be complimented by different accent colors. A light gray home looks great with black and white accents, making it a look that will never go out of style. While dark gray really pops with white accents on your trim and shutters, with a yellow or blue front door. This is a hot color scheme that will be in style for a long time.

Beige Home Exterior

2. Beige

If you’re looking to stay neutral, beige is a great exterior home color. This can be paired with white accents along the trim, shutters and front door for a clean look. It’s a look that will never go out of style and is great if you’re looking to sell your home.

However, if you’d like to add a little color to your home’s exterior, red makes a great accent color for the front door, railings and more.

Brown Home Exterior

3. Brown

Dark brown is often associated with a rustic home look. It’s warm and inviting, with the right colors. Against a dark brown, a tan or light brown works well as an accent neutral. For an accent hue, dark green or deep red make great choices here as well. However, stained wood front doors, railings and other exterior elements will really help complete this rustic look.

White Home Exterior

4. White

Some homeowners tend to shy away from white as an exterior home color because it can get dirty. However, it actually gives off a clean and elegant style for your home. Accent colors can be fun to play with here because white makes for the perfect canvas for anything to stand out. Black and white are always a combination that will go together but, have you considered a black, white and gray home?

On a white home, the color of your front door will really stand out from the rest. So, if you like to play with color, this could be the perfect color for your exterior siding.

Sage Green Home Exterior

5. Green

Light, sage green is the new up-and-coming color for home exteriors. If you’re looking for a non-neutral but not ready to take a bold step into one of the brighter hues, this is the color for you. Paired with gray and white, it’s a great color scheme to introduce to your home.

Navy Blue Home Exterior

6. Navy Blue

Another bold color look that’s becoming more popular is navy blue. Paired with a white accent and for a bit of a bolder look, a red front door, it is sure to make your home stand out in a wonderful way on your block.

7. Red

For homeowners who want a bold look, red is the way to go. Of course, it should be complimented by plenty of accent neutrals to even out the look. White and dark gray perfectly compliment a red home to make it warm and welcoming.

Home Exterior Costs

Cost To Paint A House

If you’ve found your color scheme and are ready to get started on your exterior paint job, it’s a good idea to budget for the project before purchasing all the paint. Much of the costs will be based on the size of your home and what you’ll be painting. If you’ll only be updating the color of your trim or shutters, the costs could be less than painting the exterior siding of your home. The average cost to paint a home exterior is $2,490, with most homeowners spending between $1,926 and $2,837.

Conclusion

The choice of exterior house paint is one that can change the curb appeal of your home. While it should express your individual style, you should also take into account the ROI you will see when it comes time to sell. Keep an eye on current exterior paint color trends to see what the best fit might be for your home.

Contractor Spotlight: Watson Construction & Sales

Everyone has a different story of success, and here at CraftJack we’re happy to be a part of it. On today’s contractor spotlight, we’re highlighting Watson Construction & Sales, who has been taking advantage of all the great benefits our lead generation company can provide.

Are you a contractor looking for more business in your area? CraftJack can help. Sign up today and start receiving more leads from homeowners near you, take advantage of the Speed-To-Call discount, and meet your account manager who will set you up for success.

Watson Construction & Sales

Located in California, Watson Construction & Sales not only provides customers with the energy efficient products they’re looking for but many financing options as well. Just browsing their website, you can see that they not only want to help solve the customer’s problems but educate them as well about the benefits of energy efficiency.

Niki Gonsaves, a representative at Watson Construction & Sales, took some time to answer a few of our questions about how the business began and how CraftJack has helped along the way.

CraftJack: Tell me about your business and how you got started?

Watson Construction & Sales: “We are a Mom and Pop shop, Ken Watson wanted to help homeowners. He noticed a lot of contractors were overcharging customers, so he decided to start his own business and charge the customers fairly.”

CraftJack: What services do you provide your customers?

Watson Construction & Sales: “We provide windows, patios, cement, roofs and HVAC; those are the many products that we offer.”

CraftJack: How do you use CraftJack to grow your business?

Watson Construction & Sales: “LEADS, LEADS, LEADS! But all kidding aside CraftJack’s leads and policy are the best in the business.”

CraftJack: Is there a particular CraftJack feature that’s your favorite?

Watson Construction & Sales: “The return policy and The Speed-To-Call Discount. If you call the client and not wait you guys give a HUGE discount.”

CraftJack: What is an aspect of your work that you love?

Watson Construction & Sales: “Dealing with a customer that has been taken advantage of before by other contractors is an aspect I love. We see a lot of this. They are very guarded in the beginning then when they meet Ken Watson, they end up loving him. By being honest and fair, we get a lot of referrals.”

CraftJack: What success tips do you have for other pros who may just be starting out?

Watson Construction & Sales: “Be careful of lead generation companies, especially if you’re just starting out you don’t have deep pockets for leads (CraftJack gives full control to contractors over the monthly budget for lead spend). Larger companies have leads anywhere from $99 to $200 depending on service. Read the return policy for lead generation companies. They won’t give credits out unless a contractor says something. They typically don’t come out and say that, but someone told me this. I personally think smaller companies are way better. CraftJack’s leads are 100 times better than any other company out there. Get to know the CraftJack account managers; they’ll fight for you.”

Conclusion

As you can see, there are many ways that CraftJack can help your business, beyond lead generation. Connecting with your account manager is key! If you want to share your story, call or email your account manager and let them know that you’re interested in a Contractor Spotlight.

Leads Deconstructed: Lead Generation Myths Vs. Facts

If you’ve been in the industry for a few years, you may have heard a few things about lead generation. It’s time to clear up the mystery of what’s the truth and what’s a lie behind lead generation.

Here are some of the common thoughts we here about lead generation here at CraftJack and the truth behind them. By better understanding what leads are, you can benefit your business. CONTINUE READING

Leads Deconstructed: Getting To Yes

So you’ve evaluated the project and created the estimate for the homeowner. Next is the follow-up. The goal here is to have one last pitch ready to close the sale. However, often times, contractors may receive pushback on specific aspects of the project. It’s you’re job to work with them to help them overcome their fears and objections.

Homeowner concerns come in all different forms; sometimes it’s about timing and other times it may be about cost. Here are a few ways you can respond to common homeowner objections. CONTINUE READING

Leads Deconstructed: Turn Opportunities Into Jobs

I’m sure you’ve been there, a lead comes through and might be weeks or months out from starting the project. While having the instant gratification of getting a homeowner to start their job soon is great, more often than not, homeowners are still gathering information, such as cost and time estimates, on their project.

Instead of dismissing them as a job lost, start building a relationship with them that can help you win the job in the end. Here’s how you can turn a long-term opportunity into a job.

Are you a contractor looking for more leads in your area? Sign up with CraftJack today to connect with homeowners near you who are planning or ready to hire for their project. CONTINUE READING

How To Define A Lead

When you think about growing your business, what are some ideas that come to mind? You could try to put out fliers so local homeowners can see it, or utilize social media to reach out to new customers in your service area. At the heart of all these efforts, you’re looking for new leads, or opportunities, to win more jobs.

When you think of “lead” and “lead generation service,” can you define what they are? Having the proper definition can often help your expectations when it comes to what jobs you’ll win. To help you, here’s some insight into how we define leads here at CraftJack. CONTINUE READING

Contractor Spotlight: Benshine’s Junk Removal

As a lead generation company, CraftJack is not only here to help you connect with homeowners in your area, but also here to help your business thrive. Our staff gets excited when we hear about your success stories, and even more so when we get to share them.

Today, CraftJack is featuring Benshine’s Junk Removal. They’ve been a CraftJack pro since February 2019 and have some tips for success to share with you today.

Are you a pro looking for more leads near you?  Sign up with CraftJack today and start receiving all the benefits to help your business succeed.

Benshine’s Junk Removal

If you’re in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area, you’re not far from Benshine’s Junk Removal. From old appliances to yard waste, they’re dedicated to making the junk removal process easier for their customers. You can learn more about Benshine’s Junk Removal by visiting their website.

Joseph Benstine, company owner, was able to answer a few questions for us regarding his experience with CraftJack and give some advice to those just starting out. Here’s what he had to say:

CraftJack: Tell me about your business and how you got started?

Benshine’s Junk Removal: “So we originally started in landscaping, and all of our customers started asking us to take their junk and haul it off. As time went on and that became a more frequent question, we slowly fazed out of landscaping and went to strictly junk removal. Now we are a fully-insured junk removal company, and our customers love it!”

CraftJack: What services do you provide your customers and how long have you been providing them?

Benshine’s Junk Removal: “We are a full-service junk removal company, meaning, we will come in and remove any items that need removal no matter where they are in the house, just point and we’ll take it and haul it! We were established in mid-2018 and have been working with junk removal for three years.”

CraftJack: Why did you decide to sign up for CraftJack & how do you use CraftJack to grow your business?

Benshine’s Junk Removal: “I signed up for CraftJack when I was searching for more clients, and it was slow. I use CraftJack to grow my business by gaining new clients and keeping them”

CraftJack: What is an aspect of your work that you love?

Benshine’s Junk Removal: “I love the work we do because generally when we haul peoples junk off, they are overwhelmed with what to do with it. It gives us a way to come in and help our customers out by providing a great service that they needed!”

CraftJack: What about your work do you find challenging? How do you overcome it?

Benshine’s Junk Removal: “I would say sometimes the weather can be a pretty challenging obstacle on those hot summer days in AZ, just stay hydrated and pace yourself.”

CraftJack: What success tips do you have for other pros who may just be starting out?

Benshine’s Junk Removal: “One of the things I struggled with at first was paying too much attention to landing each lead rather than letting it go if I didn’t land a couple. Pay more attention to your averages at the end of the month, how many jobs did you get overall from that lead source versus what you spent. Consistency is a pretty important key to see if something works.”

Thanks to Benshine’s Junk Removal for sharing with us today. If you’re interested in speaking with us to be featured in a contractor spotlight, contact your account manager today.

 

Leads Deconstructed

From meeting a new customer in person to getting contact info online, leads come in many different forms. Sometimes, it seems like these new opportunities can’t come fast enough while other times, it can be overwhelming.

“Leads” is a simple term that has very complex thought and strategy behind it. In this new series, we’ll explore all aspects of lead generation and how you can better your business by finding the right jobs for you. CONTINUE READING

Customer & Contractor Transparency

When you start working with a new customer, it’s more than just a job. You have the chance to win over a customer for life. That’s why it’s important to build trust from the minute they answer the phone.

Transparency is vital when looking to build trust. Both parties involved must communicate effectively to ensure a good working relationship. Here are a few ways you can grow customer and contractor transparency. CONTINUE READING