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Exterior Contractors

4 Current Issues in the Construction Industry Affecting Contractors

Learn about four current issues in the construction industry that are having a major impact for contractors in the US.

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10/15/2021

Exterior Contractors

How To Create a Contractor Invoice

When a client pays you for a job, it means all your hard work’s been worth it. Learn how to put together an invoice that is efficient and easy.

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09/23/2021

Homeowners

Hiring a Contractor vs DIY Home Renovation Pros and Cons

So, it's time for a home renovation project. But should you DIY or hire a contractor? If you're not sure which route is best for you, you're not alone!

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09/21/2021

Case Studies

How Amstill Roofing leverages HOVER to scale their business

Since 2016, the family-owned business, Amstill Roofing, has grown from a father-son duo to a team of thirty-three as of today. Their second generation owner and CEO, Sam Stilley, has expanded the company in part by working closely with his HOVER rep to introduce the right technology to his business’s processes, allowing the company to be on track to do $16.5MM in business this year.

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08/23/2021

Case Studies

A Faster, Simpler Way to Produce Jobs

At HOVER, we understand the complex nature of producing jobs and how hard and time consuming it can be to avoid errors. That's why we created tools to make producing jobs simpler. From generating dependable material quantities to ordering them in a click.

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08/17/2021

Case Studies

An Easy Measurement Solution

Belfor Property Restoration is the North American leader in integrated disaster recovery and property restoration services, with nearly $2 billion in annual revenues. Geographically situated to immediately help in disasters with 100 U.S. and 340 international offices, Belfor’s proven record of responsiveness has made it the contractor of choice to assess and fix damage caused by fire, water, wind, or other catastrophes.

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08/17/2021

Exterior Contractors

Selling More Jobs with HOVER

HOVER is designed to help your sales team engage homeowners and get more jobs. Whether you’re getting comprehensive measurements, building quotes faster, or developing trust and excitement with the homeowner when creating designs, HOVER helps you close the sale. Thousands of the most competitive roofing, siding, and windows reps use HOVER today. One feature available with every HOVER report is the 3D model, which is used to help homeowners visualize their project and get excited about the possibilities.

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08/04/2021

Case Studies

Case Study: Tips for Growing a New Business from Hometown Exteriors

Most companies–95% of them, in fact–will never reach $1M in sales. Hometown Exteriors is on track to hit that number in their first year in business. The family-owned exterior renovation company based in Baltimore, Maryland was started in 2020, a tough year for most industries. Even with the challenges of the pandemic, Hometown Exteriors’ owner […]

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03/30/2021

Uncategorized

Case Study: Supporting Adjusters & Improving Cycle Times

Hausch & Company has been a trusted partner in handling insurance claims since 1948. With a focus on providing the best possible service and professionalism, Hausch & Company has developed a reputation for prompt and comprehensive claims services for all industries.  Creating a Technology Bridge Hausch & Company employed FileTrac and HOVER’s services to streamline […]

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02/25/2021

HOVER

HOVER Recognized for Innovation in AR/VR/MR/3D

We’re excited to announce that HOVER has won a 2021 DEVIES Award in the VR/AR/MR/3D category.  The 2021 DEVIES Awards recognize excellence in developer tools, products & technology, across 20+ categories.  Products are judged on technical innovation, adoption, and reception in the developer technology industry and by the developer community.  The 2021 DEVIES Awards were […]

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02/19/2021

Case Studies

The Power of Two Call Closing in One Virtual Meeting

We are all living life more virtually these days and your customers are no exception. They’ve adapted and now expect to do more from the comfort of their homes without the need for in-person contact. We help contractors every day stand out and succeed with the modern homeowner, which often means selling a job without […]

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02/17/2021

Exterior Contractors

See Our Latest! Estimation and Material Ordering

Last week, hundreds of customers joined us as Mike Gallaugher, an Account Executive at HOVER, presented a LIVE demo of new features in the Transform Plan. Attendees learned about HOVER’s new product capabilities: sales representatives can generate accurate estimates in the field. Production managers can get more dependable labor lists and order materials.  The webinar […]

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02/03/2021

Case Studies

Optimizing the Production Process to Expand Business, Not Headcount

In part two of Dabella’s case study, we examine how their production team leveraged Transform. The result: an uptick in branches without a mirrored increase in headcount. We recently wrote about Dabella, a leader in the home improvement industry who used HOVER to achieve an additional $2M+ in sales. In our last blog, we gave […]

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01/19/2021

Case Studies

Case Study: How HOVER’s Estimates Improved Dabella’s Bottom Line

Recently, we spoke with Dabella, one of our customers and a HOVER success story. We asked Dabella what changes they saw after implementing estimation, a feature in the newest Transform Plan, and heard that, for starters, they saw a $2M+ increase in profits. Let’s dive in.  Who is Dabella?  Dabella is a leader in the […]

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01/07/2021

Exterior Contractors

Introducing: HOVER's Transform Plan

Today, we are excited to announce that we are launching Transform, a suite of new features for contractors, to support their workflow from end to end. Supporting both Sales and Production, these new features like estimation, proposals & contracts, and material ordering, will streamline the pre and post-sale process with precise, comprehensive project data.  Transform […]

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01/06/2021

HOVER

Inside HOVER: How a Hiring Slowdown Broadened Our Recruiting Skill Set

The pandemic changed just about everything in our day-to-day, and unfortunately, many of our peers in our recruiting network have experienced lay-offs. During this difficult time, HOVER leadership made the decision to redistribute our recruiting workforce across functions. This decision allowed us to fill operational gaps within HOVER, learn more about the business, develop new […]

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12/02/2020

Exterior Contractors

Webinar Recap: HOVER x SRS Distribution

In partnership with SRS Distribution, we fired up Zoom and discussed how HOVER technology is helping contractors do their jobs better. Using HOVER technology and SRS Distribution’s platform called Roof Hub, contractors have access to powerful tools to help them measure, quote, and complete jobs more efficiently.  Nathan Stump, Director of Marketing at HOVER moderated, […]

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11/24/2020

Insurance

Q&A With Ken Tolson, Crawford & Company

Ken Tolson, US President of Crawford US Claims Solutions, talks to us about why HOVER and Crawford are a perfect match and how COVID is changing the claims space for good.  We spoke with Ken Tolson, US President of Crawford Claims Solutions. Ken started his career with Crawford over 30 years ago as a claims […]

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11/19/2020

Insurance

Partner Spotlight: Crawford & Company

  Here at HOVER, our values, “Think. Do. Serve.” show up in everything we do. Those values also apply to the partners we work with. We are incredibly proud of our partner network because it allows us to expand our reach and serve even more people. This includes contractors, insurance professionals, and homeowners.  Today, we’re […]

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11/09/2020

Exterior Contractors

The New Normal: Remote Engagement for Contractors

Back in March, we wrote about our No-Touch Engagement tools that could help contractors get through the then-recently updated rules on social distancing. Fast forward to October and we’re more or less adapted to this “new normal”. Even though the world has changed, the need for home renovations and repairs has not. Contractors across the […]

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10/27/2020

Exterior Contractors

Selling Hail-Damaged Roofs: The Hail Sales Process From Start to Finish

This storm season, we’re seeing more contractors expanding their traditionally retail businesses to include restoration jobs.  As an exterior contractor, getting to know the ins and outs of restoration can be a game-changer. Not only does this knowledge build trust with homeowners, it also allows you to confidently service as many damaged homes as possible […]

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07/08/2020

Case Studies

Benson Property Restores Homes Faster with HOVER

Anne Benson and her husband decided to start Benson Property with the mission to provide an exceptional experience to homeowners suffering from storm damage. Benson Property has grown into a successful, full-service contractor in Minnesota – an area known for its temperature extremes and a wide variety of storms. They see everything from blizzards, thunder- […]

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07/07/2020

Exterior Contractors

Navigating Storm Season with HOVER

A summary from our webinar, Navigating Storm Season with HOVER, originally presented on June 30, 2020. Industry leaders Jason Martin from Island Roofing and Cory Williams from Beaver Home Services shared stories and tips from their experience using HOVER to engage smarter with carriers and handle more claims during storm season. Watch the full webinar […]

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07/01/2020

Exterior Contractors

Driving Leads Digitally After a Storm: Best Practices From a Digital Marketing Agency

In addition to door-knocking, digital lead generation is a good way for contracting businesses to reach more customers after a storm. HOVER sat down with Mike Kite from Digital Hyve, a national digital marketing agency, to learn a bit more about how digital marketing can help grow your business.  Q) For a long-standing, well-established business, […]

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06/25/2020

Exterior Contractors

Best Practices to Help Restoration Contractors Thrive During COVID-19

We see a lot of restoration contractors who are looking for ways to adapt and drive efficiencies during storm season. Here are our top tips to weather the storm and help you navigate this new normal with solutions that will benefit your business over time. 1. Leverage Technology Technology can help you gather what you […]

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06/05/2020

Exterior Contractors

Growing your home improvement business through digital marketing

A summary from the last webinar of our 3-part series, originally presented on June 3, 2020. Jim Ahlin from Roofer Marketers and Nathan Stump from HOVER discussed how leading contractors can grow and scale their businesses by leaning in on digital marketing. Topics covered include opportunities to generate leads online, the keys to digital marketing […]

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06/04/2020

Uncategorized

A Note About HOVER Delays

To our valued customers, Thanks for your interest in HOVER. Recently, we’ve seen unprecedented demand for HOVER due to the combination of social distancing requirements and heavy storm activity in certain parts of the country. As a result, I’ve had to make some hard calls. Many of our customers are small construction and insurance businesses […]

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05/15/2020

Exterior Contractors

How to enable virtual selling and help your business thrive

A summary from webinar 2 of our 3-part series. Originally presented on May 13, 2020, Adrian Calabrese and Clayton Pisani from HOVER discussed how leading contractors have enabled virtual selling workflows to maintain their business during social distancing, laying the foundation for long-term efficiency and engagement with homeowners who prefer virtual appointments. Watch the full […]

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05/14/2020

Exterior Contractors

Keep your home improvement business moving forward: Lessons from your peers

A summary of our Fireside Chat Webinar from April 22, 2020 with executives from Endeavor Exteriors and Homefix Custom Remodeling. They discussed how they are keeping their businesses moving forward during these challenging times, sharing their perspectives, wisdom, and inspiration to help guide the industry’s path forward. Watch the full webinar below or access the […]

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04/23/2020

Insurance

Virtual claims adjusting is not the future, it's now

Just as 9/11 forever changed air travel, COVID-19 may forever change claims adjusting. Similarily, policyholder expectations will likely increase the demand to accommodate virtual and mobile interactions.   The rate of change we are experiencing is unprecedented. Therefore, we must adapt at lightning speed to the new realities of a global pandemic. The combination of social […]

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04/02/2020

Exterior Contractors

Social distancing doesn't need to stop your business

Almost overnight, social distancing has become the new normal. Despite this, homeowners will need roofs repaired, siding and windows replaced, and homeowner claims resolved. We are in a grand experiment as a nation. We need to rapidly adapt to a world where remote engagement is not only a preference but a requirement. With HOVER, you […]

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03/25/2020

HOVER

Business continuity with COVID-19

We are in uncertain times and we are all grappling with a fluid situation.  HOVER is open for business and we do not expect any disruption in our service as we activate our business continuity plans and do our part to help slow the spread of COVID-19. We are focused on supporting the needs of […]

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03/16/2020

HOVER

Haag Engineering finds HOVER more accurate than other measurement providers

HOVER measurements are known for being exceptionally comprehensive. What is less visible to the eye is how highly accurate those measurements are, which is essential for retail contractors, restoration contractors, and insurance carriers alike. To better quantify the accuracy of their roof measurements, HOVER engaged Haag Engineering to conduct an independent study using the HOVER […]

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03/12/2020

Homeowners

10 DIY Landscaping Ideas Just in Time for Summer

Summer is the perfect time to beautify your home with lush landscaping and colorful blooms. This season, liven up your property and give it some warmth, personality, and charm with these 10 landscaping ideas: #1. Bring beauty to your front door.  Create a warm welcome with flowers that adorn the entryway or drape romantically from […]

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08/29/2019

Homeowners

Time to Restore or Replace Your Exterior Wood Siding? Here’s What You Need to Know.

Wood is a timeless material and a popular exterior siding choice. But it also has a downside, which is that it requires regular maintenance and repair. While caring for your exterior wood siding takes some work, if you maintain it regularly you’ll enjoy this beautiful siding for many years to come. Here’s what you need […]

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08/21/2019

Homeowners

7 Exterior Home Makeover Ideas for Every Budget

From a coat or two of paint to a full-scale renovation project, we have plenty of exterior home makeover ideas to freshen up your home this season. Whether you’re looking for a splash of color or a more custom appearance, read on for ideas and inspiration. #1. Give your home a new look with color. […]

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08/21/2019

Homeowners

How Much Does it Cost to Paint a House Exterior?

It’s time to give your house exterior a fresh new look and paint color, but what exactly will that cost you? There’s a short and long answer to that. Here’s the short one first. According to Home Advisor, you can expect to pay anywhere from $1,700 to just under $4,000 to paint a house exterior. […]

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07/11/2019

Homeowners

9 Types of Roof Shingles

Time to get a new roof? Then you may have noticed that there seem to be hundreds of different types of roof shingles to choose from! That’s a good thing: with so many types of roof shingles, you can create just about any look you want for your home. We’ve put together a simple primer […]

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07/10/2019

Homeowners

How to Build Your Own She Shed

Remember that cool hideout you had as a kid? Maybe it was a blanket fort, a treehouse, or a closet that doubled as a secret hiding spot. In any case, it was awesome—and it was all yours. You were on to something good back then, and it’s time to bring it back. Enter the she […]

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07/08/2019

Exterior Contractors

6 Popular Exterior Paint Colors and Combinations

The right exterior paint color can bring out your home’s best features and make an otherwise average house stand out as one that’s beautiful and unique. It’s rewarding to see how a little paint can completely transform a property, and it’s equally fun to pick out the paint colors! Adding a fresh coat of exterior […]

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06/29/2019

NEWS

Pacesetter Claims Service Incorporates HOVER Technology to Expedite Claims Process

HOVER’s 3D technology allows adjusters to efficiently process more claims after a disaster so policyholders can get paid faster SAN FRANCISCO, CA – June 25, 2019 – Pacesetter Claims Service, a leading provider of catastrophic and daily property claims adjusting services, today announced a partnership with HOVER, the world class technology that transforms smartphone photos of any […]

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06/25/2019

Exterior Contractors

Get more done, faster with Integrations

At HOVER, we help you work faster and smarter. That’s why HOVER partners with industry service providers that help you streamline your workflow. By connecting your HOVER account with platforms you already use, you’ll save time on operational tasks and be able to focus more on the things that matter most to your business. From […]

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06/07/2019

NEWS

U.S. Adjusting Services Partners with HOVER to Expedite and Improve Claims Satisfaction

3D technology will provide a collaborative experience for insurance carriers and their customers. SAN FRANCISCO, CA – June 2, 2019 – U.S. Adjusting Services, one of the top independent adjusting firms in the United States, and HOVER, the world-class technology that transforms smartphone photos of any property into an accurate 3D model, today announced a […]

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06/02/2019

HOVER

Our Values And Why They Matter

Ever since our founding in 2011, HOVER has felt like a very different kind of company. Yes, the technology we’re working on is an important part of that. But there’s more. Even as our technology and our vision have evolved, one important aspect of who we are has stayed the same: our values. We’re a […]

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05/29/2019

Homeowners

5 Best Exterior Home Improvement Projects

With spring in bloom, it’s time to get outside and get started on some of those exterior home improvement projects you’ve been waiting to do. Here’s the scoop on the best exterior home improvement projects to try this season! Which of these home improvement projects is next on your list? #1. Update the siding If […]

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05/23/2019

Homeowners

8 Different Styles of Houses Across America

There are many different styles of houses across the United States, from the colonial architecture that first flourished in New England to the colorful Victorian-style homes that make San Francisco’s skyline so distinct. Of course, different styles of houses reflect the different tastes of their owners, the architectural influence of their times, and the climate […]

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05/23/2019

Homeowners

31 Ways to Improve Curb Appeal

It doesn’t take much to take your home’s curb appeal to the next level. Most of the time, a sunny weekend is all you’ll need for updates that can transform a tired-looking home exterior into a block star. Start with quick updates to improve curb appeal and work your way up to more complex projects. […]

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05/23/2019

Homeowners

Are Home Improvements Tax Deductible?

If you’re thinking of doing a home improvement project, then you’re probably also running the numbers and wondering: are these home improvements tax deductible? After all, if you’re going to invest in a project, you want to be sure it pays—whether by increasing your home’s value or decreasing your tax bill! So are home improvements […]

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05/23/2019

Homeowners

How Do Home Improvement Loans Work?

Time for a big home improvement project? Whether it’s an upgraded kitchen, new exterior siding or an outdoor deck, once you get excited about a new home update, the next question is usually, “OK, how am I going to pay for this?” Luckily, there are many types of home improvement loans to choose from, each […]

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05/23/2019

Exterior Contractors

7 Marketing Strategies Exterior Contractors Need to Start Doing Now

Whether it’s roofing or full remodels, competition between home improvement contractors is at an all-time high. In this reputation-based industry, deals often come down to word-of-mouth and referrals. Even so, there’s still a lot you can do to take your marketing to the next level and win more business. Here are seven marketing strategies you […]

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04/25/2019

Case Studies

How DaBella Uses Design Pro to Win Bigger Deals

“The thing I love the most about Design Pro is being able to show the homeowner exactly what I’m going to be able to do,” says Joshua Brown, a team lead for DaBella’s siding team.   DaBella is a leader in home improvement services across the western United States, specializing in everything from roofing and […]

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04/10/2019

Exterior Contractors

How the Slow Season Can Help You Prepare For Your Best Season

Winter is one of the slowest times of the year for construction businesses. A combination of icy weather conditions, fewer daylight hours, and an increase in homeowner travel leads to an industry-wide decline in construction. Seasonality makes it even harder to survive in an already competitive business environment. In fact, according to a recent Census […]

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03/05/2019

Exterior Contractors

7 Tips To Grow Your Exterior Home Improvement Business

If you’re ready to grow your home improvement business, congratulations: it means that you’ve done plenty of things right along the way. But as you get ready to take the next step, you’ll have to start thinking about yourself a little differently: as a business owner first, and as a builder second. That doesn’t mean […]

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03/05/2019

Homeowners

Top Exterior Home Improvement Updates to Consider Before Moving, and Their ROI

Time to put your home up for sale? Show it off with exterior improvements that will impress potential buyers and increase its market value. Enhancing your home’s curb appeal can help it sell for up to 10% more than neighboring properties, and is well worth the investment. Here are the top exterior home improvements to […]

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02/25/2019

Homeowners

3 Tips for Planning Your Exterior Home Improvement Project

If you’re planning a major home improvement project, it pays to be prepared. Whether you’re replacing the roof or investing in new siding, doors, or windows, we recommend planning ahead to avoid headaches later. Here’s what to do before you begin an exterior home improvement project: #1. Decide how much (and how) you want to […]

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02/20/2019

Product Updates

HOVER’s New Design Pro Technology Redefines Exterior Home Renovations

Breakthrough interactive design experience combines the best in advanced computer vision and rendering technology to help homeowners visualize exterior home renovations. SAN FRANCISCO, CA – February 6, 2019 – HOVER, the world class technology that transforms smartphone photos of any property into an accurate 3D model, today launched Design Pro. This new interactive experience gives […]

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02/05/2019

Product Updates

Design Pro — Build Any Home Exactly the Way Your Customers Want

A home improvement or repair project is often burdensome and stressful for homeowners, and the headaches start long before a qualified contractor even picks up a hammer. Selecting a contractor who is competent and truthful—and then deciding how the home should look once the job is complete—is easier said than done. That’s why HOVER created […]

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02/05/2019

Insurance

What’s Ahead for Property Insurance in 2019?

The property insurance industry is at the edge of an era of innovation, and we’re just starting to see the beginnings of it–with more to come in 2019. Before we delve into the key trends driving the industry, let’s look at how two major factors are making these innovations necessary >now. First, the sheer number […]

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01/23/2019

Exterior Contractors

Remodeling Expectations: Rise of the Omnichannel Homeowner

Americans are spending more on home renovation and external home remodeling. As noted by a recent Harvard University Joint Center for Housing Studies report, “in the aftermath of the Great Recession, the U.S. home improvement and repair industry has fared much better than the broader housing market.” In 2018, homeowners collectively were predicted to spend […]

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01/11/2019

Insurance

5 Must-Have Digital Tools for Savvy Insurance Agents and Brokers

If you’re an insurance agent or broker, you face new threats to your business daily: right now, the shift towards online and direct insurance sales is increasing competition and making it harder to win new customers. According to a recent EY survey of 530 insurance agents, the emergence of direct-to-consumer and online channels is pushing […]

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12/08/2018

Insurance

HOVER Integrates With Symbility

We’re proud to announce that HOVER is now fully integrated with Symbility. That means Symbility customers can access HOVER’s settlement-ready data package within Claims Connect and Mobile Claims, including: Property photos Comprehensive measurement PDF Roof and full exterior plan in XML format Receipt HOVER’s highly accurate property measurements help Symbility customers process claims faster and […]

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11/27/2018

Exterior Contractors

7 Strategies to Generate More Qualified Leads for Your Exterior Home Improvement Business

You need more leads, and they need to be good: so how do you market to and attract just the right customers, without scattering your energy (and your marketing budget) on the exposure that just doesn’t pan out? The answer is not more marketing, but smarter marketing. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you reach […]

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11/20/2018

Insurance

Behind the Numbers: How HOVER Saves Insurance Carriers a Fortune

HOVER is helping property insurance carriers transform the customer experience, break down organizational silos, and streamline the way they work. Along with these benefits come tremendous cost savings. Today we’re taking a closer look at the numbers: how much can carriers save with HOVER? Here’s a line-by-line breakdown. $300-$500+ SAVINGS: EACH TIME YOU ADJUST A […]

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11/02/2018

Exterior Contractors

Contractors: Win More Projects With These 5 Subtle Sales Strategies

If you’re a home improvement contractor who wants to grow your business, you’ll have to be just as good at sales as you are at siding, roofing or installing a window. We’re sharing simple but meaningful sales strategies that can help you communicate your professional experience, make the homeowner feel at ease and excited to […]

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10/30/2018

Homeowners

Snapshot: The 5 Most Popular Home Siding Options

One of the most exciting things about a brand new build or remodel are all the options you get to choose from as you design the perfect home. It’s also nice to know that the choices you make now will pay off for years to come. As you drive up to your newly-remodeled house, you […]

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10/23/2018

Insurance

Seven Ways HOVER is Transforming Property Insurance

HOVER is changing the way insurance carriers do business, and the possibilities we’re creating are about so much more than cost savings. This is about bringing a vision to life, one that inspires customer loyalty and creates a sense of connection and ownership—as well as a good feeling towards an industry that often gets depicted […]

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09/13/2018

Homeowners

Pros and Cons of Remodeling Your First Home

By the numbers, home ownership has risen over the past ten years after a considerable plunge in 2008/2009. 5.1 million homes were sold in 2017 and that number is predicted to rise over the next two years. Houzz reports that the average renovation spends in 2016 was around $33,800, representing a 22 percent increase over […]

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08/14/2018

Homeowners

Are More Millennials Now Buying Instead of Renting?

According to the US Census, home ownership plummeted following the financial crisis of the mid-aughts. However, significant improvements in the job market in recent years are starting to indicate ownership is back on the rise. The values, attitudes, and needs of millennials have changed in the past few years from being seen as lifelong renters […]

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08/14/2018

Homeowners

Window Trends to Watch in 2018

Windows are an integral part of the aesthetics and function of a home. Understanding the classic, contemporary and modern options as well as how it impacts the look and feel of a home is crucial to the success of a window project. Contractors need to be informed of the latest window trends for 2018 so […]

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07/31/2018

Case Studies

Endeavor Exteriors is Leading the Way in Exterior Restoration Through a Digital Sales Experience

Endeavor Exteriors is a forward-thinking exterior restoration contractor serving the Denver area. Similar to HOVER, the company is built around the mission to innovate the exterior remodeling industry. Eager to learn how they are working toward this ambitious goal, we reached out to Chris Falasco, Founder and CEO of Endeavor Exteriors, and Jonathan Baurer, Director […]

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06/25/2018

Exterior Contractors

How Has Working with Exterior Contractors Changed in the Last 10 Years?

The past ten years have been remarkable due to the evolution of technologies. We have seen rapid changes in the ways we buy and sell across the board, from our everyday purchases like groceries to services like medical care, transportation, and even home improvement. Exterior Home Improvement – The Past Ten years ago, we relied […]

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06/14/2018

Insurance

Property Claims, Customer Satisfaction, and Good Business: Why Insurers Should Be Empowering Customers with Modern Technology

The property insurance industry is as competitive as it’s ever been in this country, thanks in large part to the wide range of options homeowners have when it comes to selecting an insurance carrier. It’s always great for consumers to have a wealth of options to choose from, but what it means for carriers is […]

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06/11/2018

Exterior Contractors

How to Use HOVER’s 3D Model to Generate More Leads

Before you can start thinking about closing a homeowner’s business, you first need to create awareness around your offering, generate interest, and pinpoint those interested people as leads. But identifying high-quality leads is not a walk in the park. HOVER’s technology can help. HOVER transforms a few smartphone photos of any property into an accurate, […]

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06/06/2018

Case Studies

How Beldon Successfully Launched Its Siding Business With HOVER

Beldon is a reputable contractor based in San Antonio, Texas, with branches in 13 major American markets including Chicago, Portland, and Seattle, among others. Founded by Morry Beldon in 1946, the family-owned and operated business specialized in roofing and added LeafGuard gutters in the 90’s. Over time, the company started thinking more holistically about insulating […]

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05/25/2018

Exterior Contractors

Top Apps for Contractors

It’s absolutely incredible to consider that the ubiquitous smartphone is, in reality, a technology that’s only about twenty years old. In those two decades, the pocket-sized powerhouses have completely transformed the way we do nearly everything. Apps have made hundreds of everyday life and business processes much more streamlined and efficient. Harnessing the computing power […]

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05/09/2018

Case Studies

How Rapid Roofing More Than Doubled Their Close Rate With HOVER

Terry Satterthwaite, Inspections Manager at Rapid Roofing, recently reached out to the HOVER team to thank us for creating our platform. We love to share our customers’ success stories so we gladly jumped on a call with Terry to learn how HOVER is bringing value to his organization. Rapid Roofing is a highly favored residential […]

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04/25/2018

Case Studies

Russell Roofing & Exteriors Use HOVER’s 3D Model to Grow their Business

When we bumped into Joe Dolan, Controller at Russell Roofing & Exteriors, at the International Roofing Expo in New Orleans, he invited us to speak with Dan Simpson. Dan joined Russell Roofing & Exteriors, a commercial and residential contractor in the Delaware Valley Area,  over 6 years ago. In the past 6 years, Dan has […]

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04/18/2018

Homeowners

Roofing Trends to Watch in 2018

From the beginnings of human ingenuity, we’ve sought shelter from the elements. As soon as our ancestors ventured out from the refuge of caves and other natural sanctuaries and began constructing their own quarters, we began perfecting the art of roofing. Much more than just the surface materials that you can see with the naked […]

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03/26/2018

NEWS

HOVER Launches First-In-Market Solution To Deliver Roof Squares Within Minutes

HOVER Now provides a roof square estimate within minutes, allowing contractors to create a quote while still on site with a homeowner. SAN FRANCISCO, CA – February 21, 2018 – HOVER, the platform that generates accurate, interactive 3D models of any property, today introduced HOVER Now, a feature that provides an estimate of the roof […]

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02/21/2018

Product Updates

HOVER Now – Roof Squares in Minutes

For contractors to be successful, it is key that they consistently deliver outstanding work. But it doesn’t stop there – it’s the contractors who can quickly deliver excellent service who beat their competitors to the punch. The reason is evident: the sooner the construction work can start and finish, the sooner homeowners can return to […]

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02/21/2018

Homeowners

Guide to Home Siding: Top Exterior Siding Options

More than just a protective barrier, home siding can make your home aesthetically appealing. Whether you are building a new home or upgrading an existing residence, there are many home siding options available. But first, you have to consider what type of exterior siding is best for you and your home. Do you want durability […]

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02/14/2018

Exterior Contractors

The Key to Homeowner Engagement

There’s no way around it. No matter what you do – listening to the radio, watching television, riding to work or reading your emails – you will run into advertisements. Without fully realizing it, you’re being exposed to up to 10,000 brand messages per day. But, how many of those ads do you actually remember? […]

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02/12/2018

Exterior Contractors

5 Contractor Tips to Grow Your Sales Pipeline During Slow Season

Construction business slows down during the winter season, but that doesn’t mean you have to go into hibernation. In this blog post, we’ll share how you can use HOVER during these cold months to grow your pipeline for this year. HOVER is a platform that transforms ground-level photos of any property into a fully measured […]

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02/01/2018

NEWS

GV, Standard Industries, and The Home Depot lead Series B for HOVER, the 3D technology bringing transparency to the home improvement industry

HOVER turns smartphone photos into an accurate 3D model of your home SAN FRANCISCO, January 29, 2018 — HOVER, the platform that generates accurate, interactive 3D models of any property, today announced that the company has secured $25 million in Series B funding. The round was led by GV (formerly Google Ventures), and includes participation […]

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01/29/2018

Product Updates

HOVER Expands Its Services to Provide 3D Models and Measurements for Multi-Family Residential Properties

HOVER has been providing customizable 3D models and accurate exterior measurements for single-family residential properties since 2015. As word of our service spread within the construction community, the demand for 3D models and measurements for multi-family residential properties grew. Today, we’re happy to announce that you can now HOVER multi-family residential properties. Once you take […]

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12/19/2017

Exterior Contractors

5 Ways to Build Strong Contractor/Client Relationships

Build a strong relationship with your client and not only will they be happy to work with you again in the future, they’ll even rave about you to others when your project is complete. There are plenty of benefits to building great relationships with clients; communicating well, providing accurate information, and ensuring your presence is […]

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12/04/2017

Homeowners

Finding a Contractor To Remodel Your Home

When planning a home improvement project that requires a professional contractor, most homeowners have a lot of questions. The hiring process can be confusing and overwhelming. Interviewing prospective contractors is the best way to find the one who is right for you. Carefully screening your options and researching potential building pros can make all the […]

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11/13/2017

Case Studies

How​ ​Carolina​ ​Exteriors​ ​Guarantees​ ​Customer​ ​Satisfaction​ ​On​ ​Every​ ​Job

We had the pleasure to connect with one of HOVER’s early adopters, Wesley Newton. A former business development manager at James Hardie, Wesley now co-owns Carolina Exteriors, an exterior remodeling and home improvement company in Raleigh, North-Carolina. When Wesley received the opportunity to test HOVER ahead of its launch in 2014, he did not hesitate […]

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11/07/2017

Exterior Contractors

Aerial Roof Measurements vs. HOVER - Which Is More Accurate?

Every contractor knows the frustration–usually counted in dollars–that inaccurate measurements can cause when estimating and completing a roof project. While taking accurate roof measurements is one of many critical steps involved in completing a quality roof job, it can be quite a project in and of itself. Since many roof measurements must be taken long […]

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10/31/2017

Case Studies

How Bachman’s Roofing, Building & Remodeling Closes More Deals On The First Visit

We had the pleasure to speak with Greg McNulty, Residential Sales Manager at Bachman’s Roofing, Building & Remodeling, one of the largest roofing companies in Pennsylvania. Greg has been at the company for eight years and has seen Bachman’s Roofing, Building & Remodeling expand its services and grow steadily throughout the years. When Greg discovered […]

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10/17/2017

Case Studies

Benson Property is supporting communities by restoring more homes quicker

There’s no denying that the construction industry is still male-dominated. So, when we heard that Anne Benson is running operations at Benson Property, we did not hesitate to get in touch with her. Anne and her husband have been in the construction industry for more than 40 years combined. Five years ago, they decided to […]

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09/20/2017

Homeowners

5 Steps to Redesign Your Home in 2017 & Apps that Make It Easy

Redesigning your home from the inside out is easier than ever before. The internet provides comprehensive tips, videos, how-tos, and more, and these resources make the process seamless. While your steps will vary based on the specifics of your redesign, the following areas are a great place to start. Apps to Redesign Your Home If […]

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09/15/2017

Exterior Contractors

How to Stand Out From Your Competitors With an Interactive 3D Model

Thomas Basch, National Account Manager at HOVER, recently hosted a webinar in which he shared his insider tips on how contractors can differentiate themselves from their competitors. He explained how every property captured with the HOVER app is turned into an interactive 3D model that can be used to win over homeowners. Before joining HOVER, […]

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09/14/2017

Homeowners

Everything you Need to Know About Solar Shingles

Solar power continues to become an increasingly popular and reliable form of renewable energy. The development of this new technology has made converting the sun’s energy even more accessible and affordable. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the unique features of solar shingles, some benefits and drawbacks of using these tiles, and […]

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09/11/2017

Exterior Contractors

“Struck-By” Accidents for Exterior Contractors Are on the Rise: How to Keep Your Employees Safe

According to the latest report from the Center for Construction Research and Training, the number of fatalities in the construction industry caused by “struck-by” hazards is higher than in almost any other industry. Just how serious is this issue? Between 2011 and 2015, 804 construction workers were killed across the country from injuries sustained in a […]

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08/31/2017

Case Studies

Case Study: Greiman Construction Services

How Greiman Construction Services doubled their revenue within one year. We had the pleasure of talking with Dan May, Operations Manager at Greiman Construction Services, a roofing and siding contractor based in North Iowa. Dan, who has been at the company for almost two years, is responsible for the day-to-day operations at Greiman Construction Services. […]

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08/28/2017

Exterior Contractors

Why Does Ground-Level Imagery Beat Aerial Imagery?

A question we frequently hear is: “What can you do that your competitors can’t?” By competitors, our customers are generally referring to companies that use aerial imagery rather than ground level photos to provide measurements of properties. In many cases, the answer is clear after learning about some of the more advanced features that HOVER provides […]

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08/23/2017

Homeowners

2017 Exterior Remodeling Trends

Keeping up with the latest home design trends is just as important as regular home maintenance for many homeowners. While most remodeling effort is made to keep up with interior decor styles, it is important to note that the exterior of your home might need updating as well. Changing the look of your siding, roof, […]

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08/08/2017

Exterior Contractors

How to Attract More Labor Force into the Construction Industry

The construction industry is on the brink of a labor shortage crisis. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the labor workforce is aging faster than in any other industry in the country. As of 2015, 20.7% of construction workers were 55 and older while only 7.3% were between 20 and 24. These […]

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07/20/2017

NEWS

HOVER and LP Partner to Bring LP SmartSide Products to Exterior Contractors via the HOVER Platform

The LP® SmartSide® product line is now available on the HOVER platform, allowing contractors to show homeowners exactly what LP’s materials and colors will look like on their homes. SAN FRANCISCO, CA – July 12, 2017 – HOVER, the platform that transforms smartphone photos of a home into a fully measured, customizable 3D model, today announced […]

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07/12/2017

Insurance

Benefits of Using Ground Level Imagery Technology in the Property Insurance Industry

Customers today are more tech-savvy and also more demanding. This is, in part, a result of the constantly evolving smartphone industry. It appears that consumers have a growing desire to receive information and conduct business on their mobile devices. Like most professional fields, the insurance industry is changing thanks to advancements in mobile technology. In […]

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07/05/2017

Exterior Contractors

Employee Spotlight: Thomas Basch

Our team here at HOVER is dedicated to advancing the construction industry through cutting edge technology. To help facilitate that cause, we employ individuals with real experience in the field. They bring a unique point of view to their jobs and to the company, to help provide the best possible product for our clients. Thomas […]

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06/22/2017

Exterior Contractors

Tips for Preventing Injury As An Exterior Home Contractor

Close to 6.5 million people work at approximately 252,000 construction sites on any given day across the country. Startlingly, the average rate of fatal injury in the construction industry is higher than the fatalities rate in any other industry. In the most recent report published by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on the […]

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06/20/2017

Exterior Contractors

Employee Spotlight: Steve Caamano

Our employees are what truly make HOVER a dynamic and innovative place to work. We have a team of amazing people with a variety of backgrounds and personalities who are passionate about what they do. HOVER is committed to understand and relate to our customers in order to provide the best product on the market. […]

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06/19/2017

Case Studies

Case Study: Neighborhood Restoration Company (NRC)

We recently connected with R.J. Young, Production Manager at Neighborhood Restoration Company (NRC), a residential and commercial exterior contractor which specializes in insurance claim assistance. A HOVER customer since March 2017, NRC has returned more homes to their original condition than ever before as they can work efficiently using HOVER and especially one of HOVER’s […]

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05/24/2017

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