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

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

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

Sub-contractors and Vendors- Has the Time Come to Shop Around? The construction industry is full of strong loyalties – working with a tried and true group of professionals on a large project can be similar to being on an athletic team or in a military unit – you come to depend on the capabilities of those who surround you. If you have been a contractor for... More
Posted by admin on Aug 27, 2011

VOIP Phone Service: What Is It and How Can It Save Your Construction Business? Most people are probably not familiar with VOIP phone service or how it works (I consider myself fairly tech-savvy and I didn’t know anything about it until I started researching it).  In an economy where construction companies have seen massive cut backs, and being able to scale back is... More
Posted by admin on Aug 21, 2011

Resource Strategies: Managing Materials and Vendors Communication Reviewing specifications, the contractor generates a list of supplies, materials, and equipment.  Some contractors begin immediately calling suppliers and vendors.  The experienced contractor will call the design professional and client to ask for a meeting to discuss the... More
Posted by admin on Nov 03, 2010

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