Month: March 2016

documenting tips for contractors

Avoid Complications with These Documenting Tips for Contractors

Running any business, particularly a construction business, is difficult and complex. This complexity requires owners and managers to maintain clear, accurate, and thorough records.  Documentation of meetings, agreements, expenses, and other important factors can help keep the business running smoothly while also reducing disagreements and disputes. Here are some useful documenting tips for contractors. Establish the habit …

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modular construction

Beyond the Double-Wide: High-End Modular Homes

Today’s modular homes are a far cry from the cheaply-made, double-wide trailers that preceded them. Modern modular construction is capable of producing durable luxury homes that are just as comfortable and attractive as site-built homes. They also offer benefits for construction firms. Quality Homes Built Faster Less material and equipment are needed to construct a …

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How to Hire Good Subcontractors

Pitfalls to Avoid When Hiring Subcontractors

The skill and reliability of your subcontractors can make the difference between a profitable, trouble-free job and a major headache. By knowing how to hire good subcontractors, you can ensure you get more of the former. Spotting Quality Subcontractors Don’t rely on internet searches to find subcontractors. While that may be the fastest way to …

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home security trends

CNET’s Best Smart Home Devices

With more and more homeowners choosing smart home technology for their residential spaces, these devices continue to become more sophisticated even as they become more common. CNET, a leading technology website, recently named some of the year’s best smart home devices, including devices that represent home security trends, energy efficiency, and homeowner convenience. Best Smart Thermostat …

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dealing with construction liens

4 Tips for Protecting Your Construction Lien

Construction liens, sometimes called mechanics liens, are important legal protections that ensure a construction company is paid for the work it performs. Dealing with construction liens can be complex, with variations in each state. In most cases, they should be handled by your company’s attorney. Here are four tips for protecting your constriction lien and …

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how big data affects construction businesses

Using Big Data for Better Productivity and Profitability

Access to large volumes of data can give you the kind of bird’s-eye view you need to steer your business in the right direction. The more you know about how big data affects construction businesses, the better you can harness this resource for your firm. Boosting Your Productivity Fast, high-volume data analysis lets you keep …

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preventing construction site theft

Top Tips for Preventing Construction Site Theft

Preventing construction site theft will not only save you thousands of dollars, but also protect you from delays caused by missing materials and equipment, and the hassle of replacing your losses. The most effective theft-prevention methods are some of the simplest. Know that everything is a potential target – Copper pipes and lumber aren’t the …

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drone use in construction

The Rise of Drones on Construction Sites

Remote control flying drones have taken on an additional role in construction in recent years. Drone use in construction has the potential to improve the performance of construction teams and boost overall profitability and efficiency, notes reporter Will Knight in an article on the website of the MIT Technology Review. Even so, drone use in construction …

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using BIM for a safe construction site

How BIM Can Help Create Safer Construction Sites

Streamlined collaboration and faster project completion aren’t the only benefits of BIM. Modeling software can also help you create a safer working environment. Using BIM for a safe construction site helps reduce injuries and illness, protecting your workers’ well-being and saving you money. Focus Your Preparation Every project involves hundreds of tasks, each with its …

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US construction industry growth rates

New Report: 2016 Construction Continues to Grow

In the last several years, US construction industry growth rates have shown a general upward trend. Thanks in part to overall economic growth, this year is shaping up to bring more of the same favorable environment for your firm. More Residential Building According to data from Dodge Data & Analytics, U.S. construction is set to …

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