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I like to read books when I'm not working, but I've never read any on the topic of contracting/construction. I do small-midsize rehabs, i.e. paint and carpet, kitchens, bathrooms, etc. Do you have any favorite contracting/construction books, preferably on the business end of things (as opposed to the "how-to"-type books)?
 

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RS Means has some very useful information tucked away in its Cost books on estimating and job mobilization.
I suggest some reading on using checklists to guarantee consistantcy in high stress, or when tired. I think Capt. Sully's Hudson river miricle was largely due to use of the correct check list(and decades of training & of course talent)

For me reading about CPM and Gnatt charting have seemed to help in planning around show stopping probelms. Some very interesting schemes for identifying and handling equipement/personal utilization/apportionment exist.
Many GCs are either undercapitalised or still acting like interest rate are 2% a month instead 2%/year, sand bag on ordering/buying materials causing delays & job site overcrowding and lower profit/quality outcomes for their Subs.
Also any books on warehousing/ logtistics can be used by any contractor that still provides real products as part of their business model, I don't how to stock pile B.S.:smile:
There was a book on "Angels and Demons in Business" that has some excellant ideas on being and working with and becoming a "good" customer(s) and employer(s). Definately worth a read.
 
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