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    Communication is Key to Good Customer Relations

    Communication is Key to Good Customer RelationsIf 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

    LEED Can Lead Contractors to New Business

    LEED Can Lead Contractors to New BusinessWhat is LEED? LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.  Essentially, LEED is an industry-wide (both nationally and internationally) recognized program for green building certification. LEED’s rating system has four levels of certification:  Certified, Silver, Gold, and... More

    Construction Management: Should You Go Lean?

    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

    COMMERCIAL CONSTRUCTION IN 2012 – BOOM OR BUST?

    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

    Lead Paint: What You Need To Know Before Starting Demo Work

    Lead Paint:  What You Need To Know Before Starting Demo WorkStarting 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

    To Rent or Own? What is Best for Your Business

    To Rent or Own?  What is Best for Your BusinessYou’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

    Becoming an Eco-Friendly Contractor

    Becoming an Eco-Friendly ContractorAs someone who works with construction related companies across the country, I’ve noticed a growing trend over the past two years – the emergence of the eco-friendly contractor. I’m not referring to contractors who specialize in energy efficient LEED certified construction – although that... More

    The Importance of Face to Face Construction Project Meetings

    The Importance of Face to Face Construction Project MeetingsNot 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

    Taking Your Construction Business on The Road

    Taking Your Construction Business on The RoadIt’s no secret that the housing industry is hurting and has been for quite some time. Depending on the part of the country you happen to be located in, commercial construction isn’t doing much better. If you’re a large general contractor or homebuilding company, you can probably weather the... More

    Befriending The Architect: Why He Can Be The Most Important Contact

    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

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