Recent Blog Posts

  • Comparing Deck Wood Choices

    May 15, 2018
    Generally speaking, when you compare common decking materials there are three choices: Cedar, pressure-treated wood and composite decking. Neither one is a bad choice. They vary in looks, durability and cost -- each with its own advantages and disadvantages.
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  • Lack of Permit Could Come Back to Haunt

    May 1, 2018
    Ron Roen had a problem. He wanted to put his Bellevue, Wash. , home on the market and move to a house on the water.
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  • Social Skills For The Custom Builder

    April 15, 2018
    Will Duderstadt brings a nimble mindset to social media, having worked for businesses large and small.
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  • How To Create A Dust Free Jobsite

    April 1, 2018
    One of the biggest challenges contractors and DIY remodelers experience is controlling the amount of dust that comes with any project. This can be exceptionally challenging if you or someone else also still lives or occupies that specific jobsite.
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  • Who Is Liable for Injured Subcontractors?

    March 15, 2018
    Here’s the scenario: A homeowner looking to replace his roof solicits estimates from several roofing companies. The company he hires is the least expensive one and uses subcontractors to do the labor.
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  • Using Strategic Relationships To Grow Your Business

    March 1, 2018
    Eighty percent of your success in business today and in the future will come from your business acumen — not your product or service knowledge. This is probably counter to why you went into business in the first place.
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  • Help Hiring Help

    February 15, 2018
    Somewhere in the Sierra Nevada, along the celestial blue shores of California’s Lake Tahoe, Dave Baker, general superintendent for Reno, Nev. -based Dianda Construction, is watching four skilled carpenters rapidly frame a large interior wall that is part of a 19,000-square-foot remodeling job.
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  • Are You Doing Enough to Build Your Brand?

    February 1, 2018
    Building a brand is as essential to a business as building character is to a person. As with character, the process involves balancing nature and nurture, reality and perception, planning and improvisation. It requires self-awareness, commitment to growth, and patience.
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  • Handle These Five Headaches Before the Remodel

    January 15, 2018
    Once your clients hand you a remodeling job, it’s entirely up to you to turn their visions into a reality.
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  • Remodelers, Use These Ideas to Refresh the ‘Hedgehog’ Business Model

    January 1, 2018
    Jim Collins literally wrote the book on building a successful company. Good to Great, published in 2001, is one of the classic management manifestos, accumulating 25 years of rigorous research to identify 16 concepts that “make great companies tick.
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