Friday, July 26, 2013

Kaile's Korner heads to television By Michelle Libby

Beginning in September Kaile Warren will be the host of his own TV series, Kaile’s Korner, onWPXT and WPME. Kaile’s Korner, the same name as his column in The Windham Eagle, will be a half-hour home improvement show, according to president of the stations Tom MacArthur.

The show will air multiple times through the week on both stations.
Warren is a nationally recognized home improvement guru having worked at the CBS Early Show for 10 years and made appearances on HGTV and wrote for Parade Magazine.

“I want to start a dialogue about people working in the construction trade. I want parents to look at it as a destination for their children, not something they fall into,” said Warren.

MacArthur hopes to make the show interactive using texting and email to help people with their home improvement problems.

“We are always keeping in mind the universal appeal to all people,” said MacArthur. “The show will be entertaining, informational and educational in nature. Kaile has the personality everyone can relate, understand and learn from and go out and do it after the show,” he said. “He’s a professional. You want him as a friend and you definitely want him as a next door neighbor to
help with home projects.”

Warren sees his audience being do-it-yourselfers and enthusiasts and college-educated females between 25 and 55 years old.

“What I’m looking to do is bring my passion back after four years of being dormant and bring it to this TV series. I’m ready to get to work and deliver something the viewers can get behind here in Maine and I’m glad to be from Windham,” Warren said.

“I hope to be a leading voice and a leading force in the industry,” he added.
The set is still in the design phase, according to MacArthur. “We’re not sure how elaborate or minimalistic it will be,” he said. What he does know is that there will be a camera that will be able to take pictures from above the table Warren will be working on. There will be a Kaile’s Korner sign and many different camera angles.

“I’m really excited about the way it will be shot,” said Warren.

The show will be produced by Dan Seaver and show times are scheduled to change, but to start the show may run Sundays at noon and Saturdays at 7 p.m. The original plan is to shoot 22 shows, Warren said.

“That’s a testament to how much we think about Kaile and what he can bring to a station like ours,” said MacArthur.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Building in phases By Kaile Warren

Often times when I watch television news try to inform people of how best to hire a contractor, I think about how their advice is so eighties. Not that it is bad advice, just that the advice has not changed in 30 years or so. Thus, said advice is very dated and lacks the sophistication needed to deal with today’s contractors.

Selecting a contractor to work in and or on your home is a very personal decision. Said decision will affect your home, safety and financial well-being. When dealing with contractors, you want to at least be on equal footing with them. Ideally, you want to hold a slight upper-hand in the transaction.

When you have a project to be done on your home, I propose that you divide the project into reasonable “phases.” For example; if building an addition, divide the project into 3-phases; site work/foundation, framing/roofing and completion. Then, bid the project out as a complete package to insure you receive the best price possible.

Tell the contractor you select that you are going to divide the project into three phases, and with the successful completion of each phase, the relationship will advance to the next phase.

The theory behind this approach is that rather than being married to a contractor via an expensive single contract, you have phased in the project. Thus you have also phased in your relationship with the contractor. Say your overall project cost is $100,000. Under a typical arrangement, you are married to your contractor for $100,000 without having ever worked with him/her before.

By phasing the project, you are able to see how timely, clean and professional the contractor works. You also get to see that the contractor communicates with you with respect and in a timely manner. If all goes well in phase one, advance to phase two, and so on. If there are problems, you will not have a $100,000 problem; your problem will be limited to the associated cost of the particular phase the issue surfaced with.

If the contractor does not want to phase the project, move on.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Kaile's Korner "Mission almost impossible without mission statement"

If your company has a mission statement, where is it located? How often is it referred to? If you cannot promptly answer these questions, then chances are good that the mission statement is underutilized within the company. Whether you are running a business or working for a business, a mission statement should always be the guiding influence – the company’s reason for being.
As I have written before, growing a business is like raising a child, in that consistency is critical to putting out the right message. If you as the owner, manager or employee of a business are not consistent in the reason for the company’s being, then you will eventually be misguided in your efforts to help the company.

If you have not developed a mission statement, then I suggest you begin working on one. Think of your mission statement as the core reason for the existence of the company, as this will build a baseline for you to follow. A well thought out and documented mission statement will provide you with a much needed baseline to ensure a consistent focus from which to further the growth of your company.

Economic downturns, changing consumer demographics, direct competition, etc. place a heavy weight on the decision makers of a company. Sometimes company management can get so fixated on a singular threat to the company that they tend to lose some perspective as to the big picture/ direction of a company. A well thought out, written mission statement will always provide a baseline to balance contemplated actions to address issues of immediate concern.

There is strength in numbers. The more people who have a firm handle on a mission statement, the more they can assist key decision makers. I am not proposing a company be run by committee. What I am saying, is that the more people in a company who understand the mission statement, the less likely a company will be to stray from what was once its core purpose for existing. Inclusion + mission statement= a strong team executing with a common purpose.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Kaile's Korner "For the Record"

When buying a used vehicle, a record of its maintenance is important information to have. If you are selling the vehicle, a maintenance record can help maximize the sale price. For the buyer, a maintenance record can be the difference between buying the vehicle, and or maybe passing on a vehicle that appears to have been neglected. Government is often criticized for doing too much paperwork, but we all love getting detailed maintenance records of everything ever done to a government vehicle when looking to purchase it.

The same logic applies to home maintenance records. Selling a home the past few years has been a highly competitive process. Unfortunately, I do not see it getting any less competitive over the coming years. Thus, I want to talk to you about a simple way to better position you to be more competitive, if and when you decide to sell your home.

Start keeping detailed records of all home maintenance, repairs or remodeling. People are always looking for a competitive edge when selling. Detailed record keeping gives people a stronger edge. How you have maintained your home says a lot about how you have valued the investment in your home. A well-documented home maintenance record is as, or more valuable than a vehicle’s maintenance record.

When record keeping, be consistent and record event after event. Inconsistency in a maintenance report could be a red flag to a potential buyer. If you start keeping records now, you will  have a stronger presentation, as it will not appear the record keeping was just for a sales event.

Additionally, record keeping will remind you of what should be regular maintenance tasks. Record all maintenance even if you do the work, as opposed to hiring a contractor. Remember, your efforts are just as noteworthy as are those of a professional.

There is maintenance and repair record keeping software available to help, if you need it. You may also ask your home maintenance contractor to keep a running record for you.

Set your home apart from others. Start keeping a maintenance record just like you do with your vehicle.

Kaile, who lives in Windham, is a nationally recognized home improvement expert both from TV and print. He has been an industry resource for publications such as The Wall Street Journal. Redbook and more. For home improvement questions for Kaile, email