New Home Trends on the Rise in 2021

You could say that 2020 had its ups and down. In March and April, builder confidence dipped to an all-time low of 30. But by November, it was back up to 90. “It was a great year, and 2021 looks even better,” NAHB chief economist Robert Dietz told Builder Online. “We expect the gains to …

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Why Good Reviews Matter

Contractors know first hand that the best kind of marketing is a word-of-mouth endorsement from an existing customer. While some people still ask friends and family members for recommendations, most new clients look online to find a contractor. That means your online reviews are vital in convincing potential clients to put their faith in you. …

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What Makes A Good Salesperson?

Whether you have a company that is big enough to have a sales department or small enough so you have to wear many hats, knowing why some people are successful at sales can help to improve your own techniques. Improving your sales means spending some time researching successful sales techniques and working on your process. …

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Perfecting the Punch List

Punch lists can make or break a contract—when done quickly and seamlessly, you can get paid and move on to your next project. If they drag out, they can compromise your profit margin and leave you with unhappy customers. You can mitigate punch-list problems by having a procedure in place and communicating that procedure to …

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Pandemic Creates Unprecedented Demand for New Homes

The pandemic and subsequent lockdown has seen many people confined to their homes for months. This has, inevitably, changed their attitudes about their living spaces. The America at Home Study was conducted at the end of April to ascertain just how American homeowner’s ideas have changed. Developed by Teri Slavik-Tsuyuki, Belinda Sward and architect Nancy …

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How to Winterize Your Gutters

Fall isn’t the best time for gutters. Leaves, twigs and debris clog gutters which can cause water to flow back up under the shingles. In winter, snow melt can’t safely run off the roof and water pools only to ice overnight. As the ice expands, it pushes up under the shingles and causes leaks. Cleaning …

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How to Recruit More Gen Z Youth to Careers in Construction

Gen Z are defined as those under 25 and are currently entering the workforce and choosing their careers. While many are already opting for a career in construction, the industry has to do more to recruit in order to overcome the labor deficit. Having lived through several economic downturns and a fluctuating economy, most young …

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More Women Entering Construction Workforce

According to a new study, construction jobs were one of the fastest growing sectors for women between 2015 and 2019. Women in construction management positions increased by 101% from 49,400 to 99,400 during this period. The number of female painters rose by 64% from 32,600 to 53,300. Construction laborers went up 50% from 47,800. “Construction …

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Tips for Making Gluing Easier and Cleaner

Gluing items is often a dirty job, but someone has to do it. If that someone is you, there are some easy tips and tricks that can help you to reduce the mess and create a higher quality product. From keeping your workbench glue-free to producing better quality projects, these tips will help you work smarter, not harder.

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