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    Relationships in Construction

    This past week I was out for lunch with one of the vendors we do business with regularly and they said something that surprised me, "it's great you and your team know the owner so well and all of their business but dont forget that it's the trades that help you to build your business and it's just as important to know them the same way you know ... Read More

    by buildercn on August 10, 2019Comments (0)
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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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    How to Create an Organized Garage

    The garage of the home can be one of the most disorganized areas within your dwelling. It is not uncommon for a garage to be filled with bikes and yard equipment, toys, holiday decorations and so much more. As the homeowner, the clutter can quickly become overwhelming. What do you do? How do you tackle the space and make it more organized? Hang... Read More

    by lge77 on May 29, 2019Comments (1)
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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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    Choosing the Right Type of Materials for Your Home’s Sustainability

    When you’re in the process of building or remodeling your home, you want to make sure that the materials you choose to use are the right ones for your home. You need to take into consideration the sustainability you want, the weather conditions your home will face year after year, and the maintenance you’re willing to put into keep... Read More

    by lge77 on September 14, 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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    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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    6 Building Design Trends That Are Small, But Mighty

    Not every home renovation or project needs to require a vast amount of time and resources to upgrade your home.  instead, sometimes tiny both cost-effective can make all the difference. In this article, we will take a look at four small but mighty building-design trends. Let’s begin! 1. Doors & Windows While the installation of... Read More

    by lge77 on February 15, 2019Comments (0)
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