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The Weekly (02/04/2021): Remodeling Industry Predictions and Liability Insurance

In this episode, Pro Remodeler, and industry author and speaker Mark Richardson, bring together a group of Remodeling Industry Thought Leaders to share predictions for 2021. Their insights are smart, daring, and not what you expect.

Later, guest host Jenny Simon from IBACOS interviews Katie Beck, Head of Home Builders for Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance, about the challenges she and other insurance carriers face when offering and underwriting coverage for home builders, and how builders can help protect their businesses in ever-changing times.

This Week's Segments

2020 changed the world in a lot of ways, more…

2020 changed the world in a lot of ways, more than we probably realize. It changed how people relax, communicate, work, live.

It certainly changed business in remodeling. But how exactly? We speak with three veteran business owners and remodelers—Brian Gottlieb of Tundraland, Michael Anschel of Otogawa-Anschel Design+Build+Architecture, and Bill Baldwin of HartmanBaldwin Design/Build—to better understand how last year has impacted their expectations and priorities for 2021, and how it may have also created a few serious opportunities for the market.

Also, homeowners are concerned about a lack of privacy in and out of their homes. Mikaela Sharp and Jenni Lantz of the New Home Trends Institute share the biggest privacy pain points on the latest installment of The Weekly.

A recent survey by John Burns Real Estate…

A recent survey by John Burns Real Estate Consulting revealed that many homeowners are concerned about a lack of privacy, both inside and outside of their homes.

Mikaela Sharp and Jenni Lantz of the New Home Trends Institute point out some of the biggest privacy pain points for homeowners and how new homes can address them. 

Three of the most well-known, eloquent leaders in…

Three of the most well-known, eloquent leaders in remodeling—two from the design-build side of remodeling (Michael Anschel and Bill Baldwin) and one from home improvement (Brian Gottlieb)—join me to discuss how 2020 has shaped expectations and priorities for the new year.

We discuss the value of being able to shift scale quickly, how virtual comms are both here to stay and ready to be forgotten (depending on who you ask), whether now is the time to add services and expand your market, and more.

Last year was tough for remodeling, but not as tough as expected. And as we find out during our conversation, it actually created quite a few opportunities for business owners.

Learn how to incorporate Live and Work spaces in…

Learn how to incorporate Live and Work spaces in the same footprint, preview Building Resilience, our new show on extreme climate construction, and get up to speed on window installation best practices.

Joanna Lily Wong answers our questions about feng…

Joanna Lily Wong answers our questions about feng shui, Mike Lyon reveals his annual home builder survey findings, and Michael Anschel discusses what happens to a project interrupted by the pandemic.

This week, learn about some new tools that can…

This week, learn about some new tools that can help increase construction productivity and efficiency, how to design lighting that meets homeowners’ needs, and how to do markup and margin math accurately.

Scott Sedam outlines the critical factors for…

Scott Sedam outlines the critical factors for home building success, home builder Schell Brothers discusses the importance of investing in community outreach, and building science expert Carl Seville offers advice on green building.

This week, our editors learn how to use webinars…

This week, our editors learn how to use webinars to drive sales, how one builder found innovative ways to thrive after the Covid shutdown, and which SBA programs and resources are available to prepare for future economic upheaval.

Pro Builder and Pro Remodeler editors dig into…

Pro Builder and Pro Remodeler editors dig into dealing with pent-up demand for new homes, a building model that results in affordable, energy-efficient homes, and COVID safety procedures on the jobsite.

Join the editors of Pro Remodeler, Pro Builder,…

Join the editors of Pro Remodeler, Pro Builder, and Custom Builder as they discuss the current building market, new approaches to making homes accessible, and tools for remodelers.