Anywhere Remodeling is focusing on both the commercial and residential markets of Anytown America, with the residential being about 80% of the overall volume of the company.
As housing prices fall, potential clients will be more apt to remodel their high-end homes, rather than try to sell them.
In an era of decreasing residential property values and relatively stable rates of personal income growth, Anywhere Remodeling, Inc. is focusing on two segments of the residential remodeling market:
1) Neighborhoods where homeowners have achieved success in their careers and have room in their budget for investment in their homes, but are not eager to incur a much higher mortgage payment by selling their house and 'buying up.' [Such targeted neighborhoods have housing stock with room to expand and are deemed to be worth the upgrade expenditures.]
2) Run-down neighborhoods that have been targeted by community decision-makers for renewal.
About 20% of Anywhere's overall volume consists of remodeling projects for businesses within the community areas being revitalized.
Anywhere Remodeling's targeted market groups were chosen because of the long-term potential for continued sales. Assuming high quality work and effective word-of-mouth marketing, the targeted, potentially upgradeable, neighborhoods afford a continuing supply of work to do. The business remodels, while providing a smaller portion of the firm's income, offer an important opportunity to build relationships and generate trust with business owners and managers who have homes in the targeted ‘upgradeable' homes.
As a whole, the building industry is a very fragmented industry. Despite large homebuilders, no single company has as much as a 2% market share.
The remodeling industry is even more diluted with only a handful of companies in the nation showing annual sales in excess of $10 million. Under the standard definition, all remodelers fall into the category of a small business.
The remodeling market is made up of potential customers who weigh three competing values: Price, Quality and Service. There is a saying that a remodeling company can deliver any two of those values. A large portion of the potential customers are asking for quality and service, and then go shopping for price. These customers are extremely difficult to work for and make a profit.
There is another segment of the market that is concerned with getting a "fair" price, but is primarily concerned with getting quality work and superior service--they want to be "taken care of." This customer is generally happy to work with one contractor, developed a trusting relationship, and pay a little bit more for this comfort.