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

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

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

Construction Management:  Should You Go Lean? Most contractors utilize, at least in principle if not in active practice, “project management” methods.  And most contractors are familiar with the Critical Path Method, or CPM, when managing projects. The basic premise of CPM is to construct a plan for completing the project that... More
Posted by admin on Nov 25, 2011

The Importance of Face to Face Construction Project Meetings Not too many people enjoy attending meetings and if you own a construction related company, you may think that spending time in them causes a loss of production time in the office and on the jobsite. However, a meeting done correctly can actually increase production, improve efficiency, and may... More
Posted by admin on Oct 27, 2011

Regardless of the type of construction related company you happen to have, the chances are pretty good – in fact probably 100 percent – that you are going to be dealing with some sort of architectural services on a regular basis. If you’re a general contractor, you may encounter an architect... More
Posted by admin on Oct 11, 2011

Working with Building Inspectors Regardless of whether you’re a general contractor, home builder, or sub-contractor, if you’re working in the construction industry, you’ll need to maintain a good relationship with the local inspectors. In many cases these people are involved in your project from the time permits are approved... More
Posted by admin on Sep 29, 2011

A Niche Can Help You Survive Challenging Times If you’ve been involved in the construction industry for any length of time, you know it’s a career field full of peaks and valleys. This particular valley is quite a bit worse than most and it may take a while to climb a peak again, but the valleys of 1980-1982 and 1989-1991 weren’t exactly... More
Posted by admin on Aug 08, 2011

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