Stephen Samuels and DES Home Renovations have been selected by Remodeling magazine to join the 2017 Remodeling Big 50. Big 50 is a remodeling business excellence award for best practices. The 2017 Big 50 winners are featured in the September issue of Remodeling magazine. Each year since 1986, 50 owners of remodeling companies are inducted into Remodeling’s Big 50, and today there are over 1,000 proud members. Big 50 remodelers run successful, often growing, companies of various sizes that have taken the lead in raising industry standards. These remodelers have raised the bar on professionalism and integrity. They exemplify smart marketing, ideal business practices, and unique design.

To be considered, remodeling companies must meet industry standards of operating excellence and meet certain financial benchmarks, yet Big 50 winners are not chosen based on size, revenue, number of jobs, or firm type. The nominations primarily come from Remodeling magazine’s editors and columnists, however, Remodelers Advantage, NARI, and the NAHB Remodelers Council can also suggest candidates. Additionally, Remodeling magazine considers remodeling companies that have consulted on articles, been part of Remodeling 550, or who have corresponded with Remodeling magainze on social media. Their net is cast far and wide for contenders, resulting in more than 200 entries to be evaluated. The strongest candidates are those nominated by more than one source and who receive compelling recommendations by their peers. The industry at large can adopt stronger business practices by observing the examples set by the Big 50. The Big 50 selection process has become increasingly rigorous in recent years, resulting in stronger classes each year.

Many of the 2017 winners showed incredible adaptability in their business practices and offered superior customer service. Another common theme among this year’s class was the employee engagement in improving company processes. Big 50 winners employ innovative marketing techniques, building new websites to enhance prospective clients’ experience with the sites’ form and function. The industry’s best and brightest are selected to become Big 50 members – business owners who have embraced new technologies to grow their customer base and enhance operations. In short, 2017 Big 50 inductees utilize customer-first, customer-driven business models. “Our website talks about experience with exceptional service because that’s what we’re selling. The end product, a quality project, is something that comes with [the experience],” says Stephen Samuels of DES Home Renovations.

Quick communication is an important factor in great customer experiences. With this in mind, Samuels has made accessibility a major focus of DES’s website – each and every page contains a contact form that once submitted, Samuels will receive a text and email alert so that he can connect with current and potential clients within minutes. Regarding his website’s style and look, Samuels says, “Our website is clean – that’s what prospects expect when browsing our site.” In fact, the website clearly outlines DES’s process, services offered, service areas, and past projects, including “after” photos, to give clients an idea of the results that his firm can provide.

A lifetime membership in Remodeling magazine’s Big 50 is a great honor, and one that is not lost on Samuels. He and his team will continue to give 110% and deliver outstanding designs and remodeling projects for his valued customers. Contact the team at DES Home Renovations to learn more about our remodeling services and how we can help with your next project.

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