Recent Blog Posts

  • Why "Good" Isn't Good Enough to Meet Client Expectations

    March 15, 2017
    Every business owner will tell you that it’s important to meet, and do your best to exceed, client expectations. Yet, what does that really mean or entail?
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  • How Quickly Should You Grow Your Company?

    March 1, 2017
    A booming business is great, but it will only be profitable and worthwhile if you're able to handle the rapid expansion. If you're ill-equipped to handle the growth, you could kill your business. James Sudakow, writing for Inc. com, nearly killed his business by letting it grow too quickly.
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  • Do You Want to Be a Contractor or a Construction Business Owner?

    February 1, 2017
    Many remodelers launch a company without a business plan or any written goals. If that description fits, and if your business is close to the $1 million in sales threshold, or if you want to grow past that milestone, you’re at an important crossroads.
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  • Contractor Jobsite Trailer Ideas

    January 15, 2017
    Having the right tool for the job can make all the difference in the world -- especially in the contracting business. Furthermore, having the right place to store and use your tools at the jobsite can do wonders for efficiency. Customized jobsite trailers are nothing new.
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  • How to Market Your Small Contractor Company

    January 1, 2017
    Without a doubt, the best marketing for a small contractor company starts with a job well done. That alone can showcase your company’s dedication to quality, professionalism and reliability. Quality work is the foundation that word-of-mouth is built upon.
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  • Guide to Buying Better Lumber

    December 15, 2016
    The biggest factor in determining the type and quality of wood that you’ll use for your next project is the project itself. That’s because certain varieties of wood are best suited for certain projects.
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  • Getting your Contracting Business on the Internet

    December 1, 2016
    The construction business is one of the fastest growing industries once again, thanks to increase housing demand and lender activity. In today’s changing technological world, it is important for contractors to roll with these changes.
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  • Which Home Improvements Pay Off?

    November 15, 2016
    To answer this question correctly, first you must decide what the “payoff” means. If a home improvement is meant to improve your life or that of your family, then you can’t discount the value there.
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  • Window Moisture: What Your Windows Are Trying to Tell You

    November 1, 2016
    Window moisture is indicative of a larger problem. Over time, this moisture can lead to mold, mildew and eventually rotting of the trim and window framing. Just to be sure though, check for leaks around your window. Obviously, this would just occur during rainy weather.
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  • Tips for Contactors When Hiring Employees

    October 15, 2016
    If you’re a contractor, then like most business owners, whether large or small, you are often faced with having to hire employees. For small businesses, the need to hire employees is often a good sign, meaning that their business is growing.
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  • Tips for Building a Stair Case

    October 1, 2016
    Building a stair case can be an intimidating endeavor, regardless of skill level. Most of the time though, only a simple staircases is needed. No need for elaborate spirals and exotic materials -- just the basics. Any staircase, regardless of design, has certain things in common.
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  • What Every Contractor Should do Before Starting a Job

    September 15, 2016
    Okay, let’s get the obvious stuff out of the way. Before starting any job, make sure it is one that you have the knowledge, equipment, manpower and time, to finish safely for both you and the homeowner. Assuming all qualifications, licensing and insurance are in order, what’s left?
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  • Setting up your Contracting Business

    September 1, 2016
    Setting up your own contracting business is a perfect way to enjoy the freedom of self-employment and the pride of small business ownership. In fact, there never really is a bad time to do it.
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  • What Makes A Product Green?

    August 1, 2016
    Green products are the catalysts that drive our movement toward a cleaner earth, but what makes a product green? Since the term “green” is used so often today for so many different concepts, how do we quantify it?
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  • Shedding Some Light: Shed Building Tips

    July 15, 2016
    If you find yourself reminiscing about the days when you could actually park your car in the garage, it may be time to build a shed. An outdoor shed is an attractive and convenient way to store things that accumulate and clutter up your garage or basement.
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  • Energy Saving Tips for Summer

    July 1, 2016
    There’s a lot you can do this summer to save energy. The same insulation and weather-stripping that saved energy during the winter months will show you benefits during the summer as well. Even so, there are a few things you can still do during the hot weather that can help.
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  • Contractor Tips: Go Green with your Remodel

    June 15, 2016
    If you’re planning to tackle a remodeling project, keep in mind that it’s an excellent opportunity to make use of all of the green options available today. When doing so, make sure that you are adding green elements that are both practical and sustainable.
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  • Contractor Tips: Get the Remodel You Want for Less

    June 1, 2016
    Who doesn’t want to get the job done while reducing costs as much as possible? A valid question for either contractors or homeowners. Sadly, this is sometimes achieved by cutting corners, resulting in poor craftsmanship, unhappy customers, or for contractors, tarnished reputations.
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  • Green Building Advantages for Contractors

    May 15, 2016
    A recent McGraw-Hill study indicated that green homeowners are more satisfied and believe that green homes are higher quality, easier to maintain, more efficient, and offer health benefits. Studies report that home buyers are willing to pay for these benefits when purchasing their homes.
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  • Tip for Cutting Down a Tree Safely for the DIYer

    May 1, 2016
    There are some who may argue that cutting down a tree safely is not possible. Chainsaws can be quite dangerous, not to mention felling trees. Though intimidating, a chainsaw is still just a tool.
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  • Measuring Tips and Techniques for DIYers

    April 15, 2016
    When doing home improvement projects there are a lot of euphemisms that come with the territory. One that I’m sure we’ve all heard is “measure twice, cut once”. Great advice.
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  • Removing Lead-based Paint

    April 1, 2016
    Lead-based paint refers to paint that contains lead as an additive. Lead is used in order to speed up drying process and increase durability. It’s also known for improving the paints moisture resistant properties, thus reducing corrosion or rot.
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  • Contractor Tips: Remodeling Surprises to Watch Out For

    March 15, 2016
    Life is full of surprises. For many of us, it’s why we get up every day. It’s a new chance to turn the page and have the unexpected come popping out. A lovely sentiment— one that looks much better on a greeting card than at a remodeling job.
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  • Contractor Tips: Top Home Remodeling Don'ts

    March 1, 2016
    There are a lot of challenges for today’s contractors. Keeping up-to-date with the latest tools and techniques, regulations and codes alone can keep them busy. The challenge of running a business has enough pitfalls on its own.
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  • How Do I Decorate My Home Interiors?

    February 1, 2016
    Yes, that is a very broad question. And, it’s one that we cannot answer in a blog post -- though there are some basic thoughts to ponder while deciding how to approach this task.
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