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    Permits? We don’t need no stinkin’ permits!

    Permits? We don’t need no stinkin’ permits!    Buildings permits? Why would you want a building permit? That'll just cost me money and then the government will raise my property taxes. Have you been told this lie? It's not true. Typically unless you are adding square footage to your building, your tax appraisal won't go ... Read More

    by Grumpy on May 11, 2011Comments (12)
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    Construction Permits-Are Construction Permits Necessary

    Why Do I Need Construction Permits? What is the big fuss around Construction Permits? Is it OK to eliminate the Construction Permit process if it's just a small job? Just when do I need to pull a Remodeling permit? This has become a huge issue in the construction industry. Homeowners know that they can save money if a Contractor agrees tha... Read More

    by kowality on May 11, 2011Comments (7)
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    Insurance scams in the home improvement industry

    Insurance scams in the home improvement industry You may have come to read this article thinking that I will speak of ways home owners scam their insurance companies, but that is not the topic of this discussion. Rather, the topic is to discuss how unqualified contractors scam their insurance to offer unrealisitc pricing. Insurance is expensive... Read More

    by Grumpy on May 11, 2011Comments (4)
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    How a Fallen Ceiling Got My Wife a New Kitchen

    The Cobbler's family have no shoes, The Plumber's house has leaky pipes, The Painter's house is pealing, and... The Builder's house needs remodeled. My wife is a saint. Her place in eternity is secure. How she's put up with me this long, I'll never know--especially after what happened about five years ago. After working in hous... Read More

    by ChrWright on May 11, 2011Comments (9)
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    How To Get Your Website Ranked?

    Hi Folks. One of the most important things to consider when building a website is,will you be able to compete efficiently for that keyword in order to get on the first page of the search engines. If you're not on the first page...you won't be seen and all that work is for nothing. Try to pick a domain that has the keywords  in the domain ... Read More

    by kowality on May 10, 2011Comments (29)
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    Using FaceBook for what it's worth

    There are numerous social media portals like FaceBook and LinkedIn, even YouTube; and yes websites like ContractorTalk.  The obvious use of these sites is for communication, chit chat, research, but you may be missing the boat on some very big potential advertising, and some of it is FREE. I watch the logs of my websites and realized that ... Read More

    by Grumpy on May 08, 2011Comments (5)
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    Make money on every job, don't chase the future...

    I remember when I was first starting out, all the tricks the customers could pull over on me.  If you've been dealing with customers for any period of time you've probably heard some of these:  "If you do a good job on this job, there'll be 3 more.",  "If you do a good job on the repair, I'll give you the whole replacement when I'... Read More

    by Grumpy on May 08, 2011Comments (13)
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    You shouldn't make your company money, your company should make you money...

    You shouldn't make your company money, your company should make you money... I was talking with someone I know yesterday, just chit chatting about my schedule for the day. He made a comment, that I should have started my day earlier because "I should be making my company money."  To which I replied, "No, my company should be making me mone... Read More

    by Grumpy on May 07, 2011Comments (3)
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    How Do You Handle Rejection?

    This topic came up in another thread, and I thought it very relevant given how competitive it is in today’s market. We’ve all had the experience of putting our heart and soul into a proposal we REALLY hoped to sign, only to have the prospect choose someone else. It’s incredibly frustrating when we see ourselves as the obvious ... Read More

    by ChrWright on May 06, 2011Comments (10)
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    "Painting Contractor's" Do you re-use your Paint Thinner/Mineral Spirits?

    Do you re-use your Paint Thinner/Mineral Spirits I try and re-use it and re-use it, then I strain the sludge. Repeat.No paying to recycle, saves lot's of $$$ money and cut's down on my footprint on the environment. Scrap thinner that's been sitting for about 30 day's.   This image has been resized. Click this bar to view the ... Read More

    by Sir Mixalot on May 05, 2011Comments (2)
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