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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Outdated Interior Design Rules you can Break

Interior design has inherent rules—paint small rooms light colors and don’t use more than one pattern in the same space. With homeowners taking a more hands-on approach to design (thanks Pinterest!) the guidelines have been somewhat blurred. Here are a few rules that are outdated. If you choose to break them, you can add a …

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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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Why the Festive Season is the Busiest for Plumbers

It’s not what you’re thinking! But the festive season does mean blocked sinks and garbage disposals as homes try to deal with abnormally large volumes of waste. With families making enormous meals at Thanksgiving and Christmas, leftovers and grease can contribute to plumbing woes. Mr. Rooter Plumbing reports a whopping 50% increase in the number …

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Strategies to Retain Crew Members in a Labor Shortage

It’s tough times for construction managers—you have plenty of work, but great employees are difficult to come by thanks to the growing labor shortage in the construction industry. Retaining valuable staff members goes beyond paying more. Here are some strategies for staff retention that will help you reduce turnover, so you can maintain profit margins …

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Communication is Key for Callback Prevention

Change comes slowly to the construction industry, but modern homeowners are a different creature. Thanks to the internet, they are better informed and more demanding. If you want to keep your clients happy, get word-of-mouth referrals and avoid expensive callbacks, you need to up your communication game. Construction projects have a nasty reputation for being …

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