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    Turning Away Work

    I turned down a job yesterday. The potential client was explaining his project and as soon as he mentioned the name of the architect, I stopped him. "Sorry, Frank," I said, "I will not work with that architect. I've worked with him on several jobs in the past and each time it was an unpleasant, money-losing experience. The man has no sense of "t... Read More

    by Tim Garrison PE on January 12, 2012Comments (15)
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    Are You a Stupid Contractor or a Craftsman?

    If you follow me on C.T., you know that I have a reputation for picking on the “stupid contractors” so the rest of us good contractors can have a good laugh. But the truth is (at least over here in Connecticut) many homeowners, business owners, and our potential clients fear that they will be stuck working with a stupid contractor. ... Read More

    by Brian MainMan on August 09, 2011Comments (19)
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    The Seven Deadly Endorsements - General Liability Exclusions That Are Bad For Contractors

    Endorsement #1 – The Sunset Clause A general contractor completes a new home in 2008.  He carried a $1,000,000 general liability policy at the time the house was built and has continued to renew his coverage ever since.  In 2011, the contractor is sued for a construction defect on the 2008 home.  He files a claim with his i... Read More

    by TarahGruber on January 04, 2012Comments (9)
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    The Minimum You Should Know About SEO - Part 1

    Few marketing strategies (uh, none) can rival search engine optimization or SEO when it comes to long-term return on investment (ROI). Whether you choose to do your own SEO or hire an SEO company to do it for you, there are a few things you need to know in order to maximize your success. Let's start with the basics. What is "SEO"? Simply put... Read More

    by BenLanders on December 18, 2011Comments (13)
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    8 Kitchen Design and Remodeling Ideas

    A kitchen is one of, if not the most frequented place in any household. We spend a lot of time opening the same cabinets, using the same countertops, and operating the same equipment. That’s why if you want to avoid “kitchen fatigue” you need to switch it up every so often.  I’m not just talking about rearranging yo... Read More

    by lge77 on July 08, 2019Comments (0)
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    Backyard Design Trends to Consider For Fall

    Many homeowners use their backyards to create a vacation-like space for entertainment and relaxation purposes. From building a custom deck, to installing a pool, there are many different ways you can create the perfect backyard. Utilize the backyard design trends below to create a space that both you and your friends and family can enjoy well ... Read More

    by lge77 on September 10, 2019Comments (0)
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    Fear No Website

    Dear Builder's Engineer, I know every small  business is supposed to have a website but I have not taken the plunge yet.  My business is down like everyone’s in this recession. Do you think a website really matters – is it time I bit the bullet and put one up? In a word, absolutely. I’ve said it before and here it ... Read More

    by Tim Garrison PE on September 01, 2012Comments (3)
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    Home Improvement Trends For Small Homes

    As a Home Improvement professional, it is vital that you are familiar with the many trends that have entered the Home Improvement market. Just like the Fashion Industry, things tend to be in-style one moment, and out of style the next. But, just like the Fashion Industry, things that were once popular often regain their popularity as time passes... Read More

    by lge77 on July 16, 2018Comments (0)
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    What do you specialize in?

    Can you answer this question in one simple sentence? It's a very difficult question. I'm not asking what you do for a living, I'm asking you what you specialize in? If a customer finds you on google and clicks on your website for the first time what do they see in the first few seconds? What do they feel? Do they just see a company that does r... Read More

    by Oconomowoc on November 14, 2011Comments (16)
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    Commercial Landscape Trends

    Landscaping for businesses involves more maintenance than residential due to the number of individuals who share the same space. Business owners must accommodate their patrons with enough space and present an eloquent plant design to better suit their investment. These landscapes are commonly known as commercial properties, or in this case, comm... Read More

    by lge77 on November 28, 2018Comments (0)
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