Scheduling Tips that Save Time and Money

Construction managers have the mammoth task of ensuring their jobsites run smoothly. Pre-job planning takes care of contracts, plans and the ordering of equipment and materials, but it’s scheduling during the build that often causes delays. When scheduling fails, customers get angry and you lose money as you’re able to complete fewer jobs in the …

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Protect Your Business and Get Paid

As a construction manager, getting the admin done in time can help you to keep your business thriving. Taking time to communicate effectively and get everything in writing will protect you and your client and ensure you get paid on time and in full. Taking time to draw up contracts and alter them as the …

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DIY Projects Gone Wrong

Homeowners often take on DIY project hoping to improve their properties while saving money. The results are sometimes disastrous and may actually end up costing more. A recent survey of 2,000 US homeowners who attempted a DIY project in November 2018 found that 63% regretted not getting professional help. About half of the respondents said …

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Insulation Tips for Drafty Openings

Light switches, light fittings and outlets can be a major source of heat loss in winter and cool air in the summer. A tiny 1/8-inch gap around six ceiling light fixtures adds up to a 2 square-inch hole in your ceiling. Putting gaskets behind switch plates is a good start, but these don’t provide a …

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Preventing Common Callbacks

Many callbacks are the result of too much moisture in the home. Not only can this result in mold and mildew, but swelling of materials can cause buckling, cracking and other issues. Here are some common ways that water finds its way into a new home. Proper Drainage Intersecting roof planes can make for stunning …

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Tips for Retaining Profit Margins in a Competitive Construction Industry

The most essential element of maintaining your profit margins is forward planning. Don Macgruder from ProSales: “Most executives lack focus on future margins because they are not prepared to face the harsh reality that they use losing strategies. It is easy to complain about a 19.8% margin on last month’s report; however, it takes effort to develop a winning pricing strategy. Good margins don’t just happen; they require a forward-looking strategic plan.” Here are some strategies that will ensure proper forward planning:

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Tips on Dealing with Extreme Cold

The extreme cold affecting large swathes of the US and Canada has many crews working in life-threatening conditions. Hyperthermia can affect you even when the temperature is above freezing, so it’s important to know the signs and ensure your crew is properly prepared for cold weather. Get the Right Gear Start by dressing right. Layering …

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