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

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

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

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

COMMERCIAL CONSTRUCTION IN 2012 - BOOM OR BUST? The New Year is almost upon us and your company made it through 2011. Next question: What does 2012 look like? Most contractors and builders are not economists.  Many contractors and builders rely on the information and forecasting provided by chief financial officers and professional financial... More
Posted by admin on Nov 20, 2011

Lead Paint:  What You Need To Know Before Starting Demo Work Starting a new remodeling project can be exciting, especially these days when all types of construction related work can be so difficult to come by, but if the job requires repainting an older house or building, you might want to approach the work with a little bit of caution. New rules went into... More
Posted by admin on Nov 16, 2011

To Rent or Own?  What is Best for Your Business You’ve probably seen many rent-to-own commercials on TV covering everything from furniture to electronic gear, but did you know that 20 years ago that was how many families got into their first homes? Back in the days before lenders gave money to anyone who walked in their front doors,... More
Posted by admin on Nov 09, 2011

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