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The Reets Blog is designed for you, the restoration contractor. Please check back if you are an owner, estimator, marketer or even a tech! We have crafted this blog to answer questions, give suggestions for profitability and inspire where we can. RDA is all about helping you reach your goals.

August Xactimate Price List Changes

  This month, 2 changes were made to the Xactimate prices list that you will want to note:   WTRCABLDS and WTRCABLDSA. (Can you guess what these line items are just based on the Xact code?

Did you know there are over 27,000 Xactimate codes and counting?   Each month Xactimate adds more line items to the price lists. When estimating water restoration in Xactimate, we normally are dealing with WTR, HMR,

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  Did you know that your technicians have something in common with a mitigation truck?   Follow me on this one. Let’s say you purchase a mitigation truck. Why do you purchase that mitigation truck? You

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Are you: Struggling to get paid on your restoration estimates? Struggling with negotiating with adjusters? Here’s a free eBook with 5 great tips that will help you stop struggling and help you get paid for

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the IICRC has approved long distance learning via Livestream. This means that you can get IICRC certifications online! At Reets Drying Academy, we pride ourselves for offering some of the

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  2020 has thrown us quite a few curveballs, hasn’t it? In the midst of this COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve had to come to grips with missed celebrations, missed moments with family and friends, and missed opportunities. 2020 has

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  Can We Use Social Distancing To Improve Efficiency and Profitability?   Social distancing…. words a few short weeks ago we wouldn’t have put together. But here we are! Social distancing is a very real

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Seemingly Small Mistakes Create Huge Issues! Why?   When writing estimates, there are only a few things that make up the final price: your sketch/measurements, your scope of work and your unit pricing. Each one

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  Everyone in your company should read and know the s500.   Why? Because that is how we establish proper standard operating procedures. Each time the IICRC s500 is updated, we should be looking over

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What does an Xactimate Line Item Include? In order to know what a line item includes and whether we are using it correctly, we need to learn how to really dig into the line items.

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  Are you an estimator that knows it all? Seems that should be a good thing. Nope!   Not many people know it all! I know I don’t…… from what I’m told. There is always

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  “We add items to the estimate that we know are going to get kicked out to give the adjuster something to do.”   Do you do this? It’s something I have heard a lot

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  What is an Xactimate Macro?   In short, a macro is provides Xactimate users an efficient way to replicate repetitive tasks. As such, while estimating mitigation claims using macros is a given. If you

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  “We absolutely PACK our estimates with F9 notes.”   Now, that can be a good thing. But it can also be a bad thing. Why? Let’s take a small detour and briefly talk about

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  What Do Your Xactimate Sketches Look Like?   “We don’t ever sketch anything. We don’t change the ceilings in our sketch.”  Have you ever said these things before? Many people have. Why put forth the effort

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  How Qualified Are Our Instructors?   In short, EXTREMELY.  Check ’em, out!   Jeremy Reets  Jeremy is the founder of Reets Drying Academy. He is the innovator of the TES/ETES drying systems, the innovator

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How can you effectively train your team to be successful both in the office and in the field?    Training is an essential aspect of all companies. Consider two forms of learning to implement: synchronous learning

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Spaced Learning    This is a learning methodology where learners are given bite-sized chunks of content and are then presented with situations that require the learned information to repeatedly be used in different, creative situations. This reinforces what

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  Is it a challenge to get your team excited about training in any form?   Training can sometimes be low on the priority list for your employees.  There are many reasons for this, but

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  What Is A WRT Certification?   There are 30 different IICRC certifications in total. All these certifications range from restoration to cleaning. Which one is right for you? What do they all mean? Let’s

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  What happens when you find mold?   Day in and day out, restorers like you are dealing with wet and sometimes moldy environments. In water restoration, you will come across mold.      Many

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