Gehman Custom Remodeling  uses a variety of methods to get face time with its past clients. The Harleysville, Pa., company calls past clients on the anniversary of their project to arrange a walk-through to make sure there are no warranty issues during the five-year warranty period.
Gehman staff also ask if they can take after-photos of the project as another way to spend some time with the homeowners. Those photos are then used to produce photo CDs and albums that the homeowners can share with their friends and co-workers. Hand delivery of the albums also gives him more face time with the clients, says President Dennis Gehman.
These visits result in at least some small additional work for the clients about 25 percent of the time, Gehman says. It also reinforces the idea of the company as one that cares and keeps them in the clients' thoughts when people ask for referrals.