I recently worked with a contractor who, while he does incredible work and has always had a good track record for satisfaction, he often performed work or starting doing work without having a contract in place.  Provided the job goes exactly according to plan, everyone will be happy and the fact... More
Posted by admin on Mar 08, 2012

One Click Advertising: Are You Onboard? I’ve been working on the content for the website of a young Texas homebuilder the past week and it suddenly struck me just how much construction advertising has changed during recent years. When I first started building homes almost 30 years ago, quite a bit of my time was spent chauffeuring... More
Posted by admin on Feb 24, 2012

What’s Really Happening on your Projects? How much time do you spend on your jobsites? Running a construction company these days is often a 12 hour a day, 7 days a week job that’s filled with stress – especially when you have other people depending on you for their jobs. But even though you might be extremely busy, don’t forget what... More
Posted by admin on Feb 18, 2012

Network your Way to New Jobs While your hands may be full these days trying to keep up with all aspects of your construction business while operating with a reduced staff, there’s one small task you shouldn’t overlook: making time to join local, state, and national organizations that help you network your services. Being a... More
Posted by admin on Feb 12, 2012

Is your Overhead Costing you Jobs? As you well know, times are tough for many companies in the construction industry these days – especially for smaller contractors with limited resources. Bidding for jobs has become extremely competitive and it’s often difficult to comprehend how the winning contractor is able to complete the... More
Posted by admin on Feb 06, 2012

Look It Up: Construction Books to Add to your Office Seasoned construction professionals like to think there’s little they haven’t seen over the course of a long career. However, the truth is that one of the things that make a career in construction so much fun is that you have the opportunity to learn something new almost every day. There always... More
Posted by admin on Jan 31, 2012

Is It Time to Start Subbing all your Work? It wasn’t that long ago that many construction companies did all of their work in-house. If they had a foundation to dig and pour, their heavy machinery or backhoe operator did the digging and their concrete crews got busy. In many instances these companies even had their own plumbers,... More
Posted by admin on Dec 26, 2011

The Inspector isn’t Always Right Few things are as frustrating in the construction industry as having a building or home come to a screeching halt due to a failed county or city inspection. Whether you’re hoping to close in the framing with sheetrock or looking for permission for the owner to occupy the structure, just about... More
Posted by admin on Dec 21, 2011

New Construction vs. Remodeling: What You Need to Know It wasn’t that long ago that a small homebuilding or general contracting company could stay busy by building houses. There was more than enough business to keep everyone busy – even when the large regional and national builders were figured in. Unfortunately, in many parts of the country... More
Posted by admin on Dec 13, 2011

Communication is Key to Good Customer Relations If you’re a homebuilder, your biggest priority right now might be simply finding a buyer rather than worrying about customer relations, but signs seem to indicate that we’re slowing working our way out of the mess the housing market has been in the last several years. Sooner or later the sound... More
Posted by admin on Dec 07, 2011

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