3 Uses for New Company Reports

If you’re not worried about fledgling startups, you should be. When a competitor enters your neck of the woods, you want to know about it yesterday.

What you should regularly study is building permit data for new company reports. It may include familiar names that are new to your area. But there’s nothing “new” about those established companies and they have a reputation for making lower bids because they can.

1. Use New Company Reports for Relationship-Building

We encourage startups to partner with older, more established companies because alliances are powerful in the construction industry. When you review new company reports from building permit data and you see a “new” company – that just happens to be a powerhouse in the construction industry – do the same thing.

Offer your local knowledge and experience. The more you know about your competitors, the better.

2. New Company Reports Have Detailed Information

When you review your city’s weekly new company reports, XL0 Construction Company appears. This is a company doing business throughout your area of the U.S., but its corporate headquarters is in Hong Kong.

Information you will receive includes:

  • Addresses
  • Email addresses
  • Fax numbers
  • Licenses held/permit numbers
  • Names
  • Phone numbers
  • Projects list
    • Map of project site location
  • Websites

If you need hardcopy information for a meeting, you can download it into a spreadsheet format and print. You can copy/paste your spreadsheet into a PowerPoint presentation, too.

3. New Company Information Can Generate Marketing Strategies

When you glance at Construction Monitor’s top company reports and see your name, that feels good. When you generate new company reports and see your competition, you don’t have time to feel.

It’s time to act.

Competitive analysis is critical to long-term growth because it can structure your advertising campaigns. What’s your new marketing campaign foundation? Without being obvious, it’s going to target your strengths and your competitor’s weaknesses.

Construction Monitor: The Best Source for New Company Reports

Technology has revolutionized the construction industry and building permits yield a wealth of information.

Contactemail, or call Construction Monitor today at 800-925-6085 (international callers: 435-586-1205) to learn more about geo-targeted, up-to-date analytics for our industry.

How to Use Building Permits in Your Solar Business

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Green energy was getting an even greater foothold on our country earlier this year. The economy was stable, and we were amid one of the longest-running bull markets as of March 11, 2020. Property owners felt they had the financial security they needed to invest in something all of us feel passionately about; preservation of our planet through the use of solar and wind energy.

Residential solar development was hit hard by COID-19.

“We laid off…carpenters…installers, service technicians, HVAC installers,” said one energy company representative. The company has since hired everyone back.

There are hopes for a COVID-19 economic stimulus package for green energy. Congress has been asked to offer tax credits for 2020-2021 solar and wind energy installations.

Construction Class: ‘Solar’

You can use building permit information for up-to-the-day business development leads and marketing strategy.

Solar installations usually require up to 3 permits:

  1. Building
  2. Electrical
  3. Solar photovoltaic (PV)

There are various ways to use permit data for sales leads:

  • Area of country
    1. State
    2. County
    3. City/municipality
    4. Zipcode
    5. Address
  • Date range
  • Permit type/class (solar)
  • Types of applicants
    • Architects
    • Builders
    • Contractors
    • Developers/tenants
    • Owners

(As an example, Construction Monitor’s Powersearch for solar permits reveals 1-25 of more than 25 solar installation permit applications in Anchorage, Alaska.)

Using the most effective building permit database in the country is relatively easy. The hard part is putting the data to work.

In a perfect world, you’d have a sales development and marketing department that would pull, sort, and present the information you need to win business. You might even have a direct sales professional that is almost as knowledgeable as you.

In a small business setting, you’ll likely be the research and development department, marketing, and direct sales. After you’ve pulled your weekly update for building permits in your area, you’ve got to pick up the phone.

Visit subdivisions.

Print some flyers. (Mailing label-generation tools are available on the database, too.)

If you’re curious about how it works (It does work!) request a free, area-specific edition for current sales leads. You can search for residential or commercial permit information. Or you can select solar alternative energy permits. Contact Construction Monitor to learn more.

Can Permit Data Help Your Roofing Business?

As soon as the words, “coronavirus” were spoken, the roofing industry rushed to the forefront of the pandemic with two additional words: “essential business.” Roofing companies like GAF immediately began online-sharing to educate people on best practices; the new best industry practices for job site safety.

The roofing industry decided waiting for a hailstorm to hit wasn’t enough of a marketing plan. Established construction industry companies say using permit data is an essential construction business practice.

U.S. Economic Forecasts Developed Using Permit Data

The latest residential construction statistics was released on June 17, 2020. For some of us, it was as eagerly awaited as the Pantone Color of the Year.  

But smart construction industry-related businesses didn’t need it because they were already using permit data to make economic decisions closer to home. They knew what many of their competitors needed to know: The time to prepare for more work was the day work started evaporating.

How Using Permit Data Makes a Difference

If someone in your area needs roofing products or services, you want to be the first to know. Instead of sifting through a slew of irrelevant information, you can target your city and your neighbors to quickly learn where the business potentials are. Construction Monitor updates real-time leads hourly, every day.

Using permit data, you can first target owners/builders to see what new building and renovation building permits have been initiated. It’s called a “powersearch.”

Here’s what you should act upon: If there’s construction beginning on one site in one area, other property owners are looking…and thinking. That neighborhood – that entire community – is your market.

We can help you learns the ins and outs of using permit data to rebuild your business this summer. Building permit information acts as an economic indicator for our entire country. It’s “big data” and it’s free. But it’s a lot of information to filter.

We take the raw data and refine it to work for you in order to save you money and time. You can have instant access to customized information and you can act upon it with a sense of urgency.

Contact Construction Monitor today. Our sales and support teams are eager to be a part of your success story.

3 Ways Building Permits Can Help You This Summer

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The residential housing market will rebound this summer. But it won’t look exactly like an outbound airplane, shooting upwards. “Expect a W-shaped rebound,” says real estate professional Dima Williams.

July, August, and September should see an increase in home sales. It will be followed by a downturn caused by an anticipated return of the coronavirus pandemic. It’s going to be a “seesaw recovery,” with ups and downs.

You can sit back and watch it happen or you can use valuable information to generate profits. Building permit data has never been more important.

Non-Residential Construction Also Predicted to Underperform
(But Some will ‘Underperform’ Less Than Others)

There was a small but solid growth projection in commercial construction for 2020. Based on building permit data, there’s now a 16% decrease predicted for the remainder of 2020.

Institutional properties will form the foundation for commercial construction this summer:

  • Healthcare
  • Educational
  • Public safety
  • Warehousing
  • Transportation

Building Permit Data: Use it To Create Work

Safely getting back to work after the COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging. But it’s happening.

If you’re struggling with finding enough jobs to keep your employees and subcontractors working, building permit data can be a valuable lead source. Here are 3 ways building permit data can help you generate job leads through and beyond Summer 2020:

1. Archive Data

If you want to see the industry numbers from a similar downtown (2008-2010 for example), study historical data. You can download information for:

  • All building permits
  • Commercial
  • Solar
  • Swimming pool

2. PowerSearch

This is a detailed building permit search. You can customize search fields to generate information specific to your region, state, county, or city.

  • Construction class/type – Search for residential, commercial, solar, or “all.”
  • Permit description – Search for “daycare centers,” or “public parking,” for example.

3. Save time

“I’ve saved thousands of dollars in gas, not having to drive neighborhoods looking for leads,” said one business. Gas is cheap today, but your time is more valuable than ever.

Construction Monitor Building Permit Data for Here and Now

We’ll give you the tools to generate new business for this summer. Your U.S.-based company or U.S.-interest development can target the area you need at the time you need it because we issue weekly building permit data reports.

We have tutorials and customer support, but most importantly, we have the desire to help you succeed. Contact Construction Monitor, and let’s partner for summer 2020 business development.

Using Permit Data to Uncover Home Services Opportunities

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Many business owners and operators think building permit data is valuable information for builders. (It is.) It’s also helpful to construction companies, real estate professionals, and economic forecasters. What they don’t realize is many home services organizations regularly utilize building permit data sorts from Construction Monitor.

“Yes, the mailing labels feature is nice, but…”

There are no “buts” about it. Home services opportunities can be found using local, targeted building permit data. While your competition is struggling to stay afloat, your home services company will sail toward profits, thanks to lead-generating building permit data.

What Are Home Services?

When was the last time you changed your car’s oil? As an industry, home services is the new Jiffy Lube®. U.S. home services cover installation, assembly, repair, maintenance and sales of:

  • Carpet/flooring
  • Electronics
  • Furniture
  • General “handyman” projects
  • Housecleaning
  • HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning)
  • Interior décor
  • Landscaping
  • Lawn/garden
  • Lighting
  • Moving/storage
  • Plumbing
  • Property management
  • SmartHome devices
  • Swimming pools/hot tubs
  • Walls/treatments/repairs
  • Windows/cleaning/treatments

As if any additional assurance was needed, Amazon is now getting into the home services market. If you’re a home services organization, that’s a big affirmation you’re in the right place at the right time.

Lead-Generating Tools: Construction Monitor Packs a Punch

You can pull permits based on contractors, developers, owners, builders, architects, tenants, and most important, area. You can take the data down to zip codes and even addresses.

The building permit data is updated weekly, and that’s become the bare minimum timeframe for new and reconfigured marketing development. As you know from experience, the world can change direction in under 30 days.

When homeowners apply for building permits, you can learn what they plan to do – and let them know how you can help – while they’re still considering contractors. (Or at the time contractors are considering subcontractors). You can organize the information in a way that works for you. Do you want to reinforce relationships? You can review every job you’ve investigated by the year, and it includes contact information.

As always, the go-getters get the jobs; they get the clients. One company may have all the bells and whistles available and still get squashed by a smaller company with fewer tools – but more aggression and desire.

If you must limit your tools for business development, choose the best and maximize their capabilities. We can point you in the right direction. If you want to generate leads for your home services company using building permit data, contact Construction Monitor.

Using Building Permit Data in a Meaningful Way

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It’s no secret: Building permit information is available free to the public. Construction industry company marketers sometimes say, “Why should I pay for something I can get for free?”

A few months later, that same construction-industry marketer has utilized – you guessed it – none of that free building permit data.

“It’s too hard to find exactly what I want.”

“I thought I was reading about Alexandria, Virginia and discovered I was reading about Alexandria, Indiana.”

“I couldn’t figure out how to put it together.”

Here’s how you can use building permit data in a meaningful way.

Building Permit Data Must Be Customized

Your piece of the planet is not similar to Palm Springs (California or Florida). Building permit data for those areas has nothing to do with your state, county, city, or community. Construction business may be booming in your market while much of the country is in an economic slump.

Data Sorts are Necessary

Business permit data includes 3 categories (commercial, residential, solar) and at least 37 project types. If you need private schools and daycare facilities information, you don’t want to wade through swimming pool construction data.

Property Claims Companies Study Building Permits, Too

The best part about getting building permit information as a follow-up to a prior claim is that it isn’t just interesting information.
It’s usable insight.
Joe Emison

Insurance adjusters need to know if a claim (roofing, for example) comes from current damage or previous improper repair. If Fly-By-Night Roofing did sub-par work, the building permit data – or lack of it – is a viable resource.

You Get What You Pay For

Every week we pull and sort Big Data for tens of thousands of construction projects throughout the United States. We do this so you don’t have to. We provide you with information you can use to promote services and products specific to your company and demographics.

We believe your time is better spent acting on information rather than researching it. Request a free sample. Call or contact Construction Monitor today. We have affordable, time-savings options to strengthen your business.

Businesses That Benefit From Construction Data

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Construction Monitor increases the efficiency for thousands of companies across dozens of vertical markets nationwide. Yes, we generate information. But, wait…there’s more.

The information is sorted for you into information-specific data analytics you need right now. The newer information targets locations you’re interested in developing. Historical construction data can shape your strategy for future business development.

If you think the benefits gained from construction data is limited to land developers, builders, architects, and construction contractors, you’d be half right. The building industry actually encompasses many types of businesses and organizations that reap benefits from construction data.

Here’s a success-story example:

A new home construction company needs…

1. Swimming pool architect and/or subcontractor for pool construction

To construct swimming pool, the needs are…

 2. Concrete and quarry stone
 3. Fence/patio materials

The swimming pool homeowner needs…

   4. Landscaper/lawn professionals

   5. Lawn and garden supplies

   6. Patio furniture

   7. Pool supplies/chemicals

…A guy that studies building permit reports and construction data has a small pool maintenance company. He studies local building permit reports. He has two vans and six employees.

He knows exactly how many new homes in a particular housing division in a cross-town suburban area are going to need pool maintenance. He develops his marketing plan accordingly.

Two years later, this small pool-maintenance business is a household name. It has a fleet of vans and can now offer employees healthcare and retirement options. The pool-maintenance business owner continues to regularly study building permit construction data.

How 3 ‘Non-Construction’ Businesses Use Local Construction Data for a Very-Real Competitive Edge

  1. A carpet cleaner studies business permit reports and solicits homes under renovation. She emphasizes her onsite carpet and furniture cleaning service to “give your furniture a look as new as your home!”
  2. An insurance professional reads current building permit construction data reports and sends a “Welcome Home!” gift to the new homeowners.
  3. An online business developer is looking for a location where there will be a large, youthful employee base. Homes built in 2004 have…teenagers. (Teens are often tech-savvy and work cheap.) Historical construction data quickly narrows the location search.

Construction Monitor Has Marketing Tools to Build Local Business

This year has been unusual, to say the least. Unusual times call for creativity. If you’d like to learn more about why Construction Monitor is the local marketing resource you need, call 800-925-6085 or contact us today.

Anatomy of a Building Permit Report

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Building permit reports are used by economists, marketing professionals, real estate specialists and practically every business in the construction industry. Organizations analyze building permit reports to make informed decisions.

You hear a lot about “informed decisions” these days. The phrase is a logical result of our unlimited search for information. Even gamblers don’t make decisions without analyzing data.

You may feel like the construction industry is gambling with its life right now, but you can make business plans and “informed decisions” using building permit reports.

Breaking Down Building Permit Reports

Economists and investors use building permit reports to evaluate financial stability. These reports are financing, employment, and economic indicators. They can be geographic-specific and because it’s a small world, building permit reports can reflect our global economy. Here’s how:

Types of Building Permits

There are 2 types of building permits: commercial and residential.

Projects that need commercial building permits can include:

1. Commercial new-site construction – Excavation/demolition, reinforcement, and new building construction.

2. Change of use – Permit required to convert a building for another purpose. Requires:

  • 2 sets of floor plans
  • Notice of Commencement
  • Owner affidavit
  • Site plans

3. Interior remodel – Remodeling permit is required plus:

  • 2 sets of building plans
  • Owner affidavit
  • Notice of Commencement

4. Roof covering – Re-roofing, repair, recovering an existing roof. Installation of a new roof requires:

  • 2 sets of site/building plans
  • Application for permit
  • Notice of Commencement
  • Owner’s affidavit
  • Product approval

Residential building permits are needed for most remodeling and/or construction projects.

What Building Permits ‘Tell’ Us

An increase in commercial building permit applications indicates a need for more commercial properties or housing subdivisions. A rise in residential building permits can indicate an older neighborhood is about to renovate/transition into a hot real estate market for investors and young professionals.

If you’re in a holding pattern, you’re not taking advantage of this unique time in our history. Start laying the groundwork for your company comeback in 2020. Construction Monitor is the U.S. building permits generation source. Ask us about ways to develop 3Q2020 marketing projects using comprehensive, up-to-date information customized for your industry.

Building Permit Data: Learning About Competitors

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Another company has outbid you and you’re wondering why. Let’s see…both businesses are located in the same state, county, and city. You’ve actually been in business longer and you know the ins and outs specific to the job you just lost.

The answer is available using building permit data analytics.

New and Improved

You aren’t a startup but your experience pales in comparison with several big kahuna companies. Have you heard the phrase, “Keep your friends close but your enemies closer?” Building permit data can tell you which competitors might be in over their heads.

When you see a fish bleeding in the water, it’s sometimes a good idea to be a savior, not a shark. Offering to help can benefit your fledgling company in the long run.

You Can Know What They Don’t

On the other hand, swimming with sharks can make you a better swimmer. Using building permit data for a competitive edge is just plain smart. Your first task is identifying the competition.

Historical Data

Look at last month, last year, last decade. Which companies are getting more wins and which ones seem to have dropped off? Building permit data sorts by market share to show you competitors’ historical trends. With a short time investment, you can learn more about competitors’ businesses than they know themselves.

What You Need to Know About Your Competition

No one is without competition. Here are the key elements you should examine when undertaking a competitive analysis:

  • Advantages/disadvantages of their employment benefits
  • Advertising tools
  • Affiliations, organizations
  • Annual report
  • Are they flagship-innovative or one step behind the real leaders?
  • Brand and values
  • Community support efforts
  • Customer reviews/loyalty
  • Number of and types of employees they have
  • Owner/stockholder personality/reputation
  • Prices
  • Products/services
  • Technology – website, internet rank, email marketing
  • Their distribution and delivery

Real-Time Leads, Detailed Statistics: Construction Monitor

For over 30 years, Construction Monitor has been the industry source for U.S. building permit data. Our information helps many businesses to target new customers and identify competitors.

Call 800-925-6085 (international callers 435-586-1205) or contact Construction Monitor to discuss how timely, local information can improve your company.

Using Building Permit Reports to Grow Your Contracting Business

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The second quarter of 2020 will be difficult for most contracting businesses, but it’s temporary: Tough times won’t last. Tough companies will.

You can cultivate ways to grow your business while business is essentially on hold. Using building permit reports for construction data can generate a new-and-improved marketing strategy during difficult times.

3 Ways to Build Your Contracting Company: Preparing for Economic Upswing

Coach Bobby Knight seldom had a losing season. He would say it was simply “a building year.” That’s what 2020 is going to be for many of us. Use building permit reports to strengthen your business:

1. Direct Mail

An article from another construction industry challenging economic era said most contractors send mailings that are large and “unfocused.” Target one type of project – apartment renovations, for example. “You might only get 10 responses, but you have a better chance of keeping up with calls…and you can do a quality bid that way.”

2. Educate Yourself

If underbidding has been your strategy, it wouldn’t have worked much longer. Now’s the time to get beyond the low bid and bid more strategically. This is a good time to put construction data analytics to work. Review your demographics. Take a harder look at your competitors. Suggestion: The last economic crisis that had a devastating effect on our industry was 2007-2008. It’s time to review construction industry trends from that era. Use building permit reports from that timeframe through 2010 to be a bigger part of our economic recovery.

3. Revisit Previous Jobs

“It’s not my job,” you might say when looking at older building permit reports. Maybe it wasn’t your contract, but you can connect with developers and builders to see how things went. Ask how things are going now. What’s in the pipeline for summer? And as a gesture of goodwill, connect with previous clients. Reaching out to “old” clients can often generate leads.

Timely Info for Difficult Times

Don’t wait. Savvy construction contractors can get ahead of what’s going on in the construction industry. Construction Monitor is your source. Call 800-925-6085 or contact us today.

Dave is growing his contracting business
using building permit reports.

Be like Dave.