Why It’s Actually Safer To Ditch The Paper Trail

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I’ve mentioned before that I grew up in a construction family. With my grandfather, father, brother and various uncles owning construction companies I know (as in I really, truly know) how important covering your ass is. I’ve witnessed first-hand the frustration and inevitable time-suck that occurs with any type of lawsuit. Construction business owners are…Read More

Simple Instagram Tips for Marketing Construction Companies

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Instagram for construction contractors? Isn’t that the platform my teenager uses for what the kids call ‘selfies’? Nope, not anymore. Instagram is quickly gaining on more widely known social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, and many small businesses are starting to realize the platform’s potential for marketing their companies. If you’re a contractor not…Read More

Contractors: Are You Risking Enough?

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“Just taking risks for risk’s sake, that doesn’t do it for me. I’m willing to take risks that I think are worth it, and I’ve worked so hard to make sure that I survive.” – Chris Hadfield, Astronaut Construction Dive recently forecast that contractors will be more cautious about project selection this year. Ok, on…Read More

The Secret To Marketing Your Construction Company

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You’re already doing it. Your company is live with a project management software program, and results are rolling in: Work is happening faster, tracking progress and construction documents is easier, and no one’s banging their head against the wall when “daily report” and “punch list” are mentioned. For many firms, there’s your victory. But smart…Read More

“Zero Punch List” Possible? Does It Even Matter?

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If you tackle it right, there’s no good reason punch list should eat up the final 20% of your project. But is it ever realistic to shoot for a “zero punch list” project? Or is that like believing that there actually is a dark side of the moon? Let’s dig into that – so you…Read More

Talk That’s Not Cheap: Construction Project Communication

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Tell me you haven’t heard some version of this before: “There’s been some miscommunication (Read: someone f’d up), and it’s causing some delays.” Or: “The project got off to a slow start.” You know when you hear that — because you do hear it— that someone is losing money, and it’s probably not helping their…Read More

3 Skills All Great Construction Managers Need

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As you know, construction managers can make or break any project. And right now they’re laying the groundwork for the future of the industry to satisfy the growing demand for green building, support the development of new technology, and answer the call to renew domestic and global infrastructure.  But what separates the great from the good…Read More

3 Construction Trends to Watch for in 2016

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2016 is poised to be a beautiful year for the construction industry. So kick back, relax, and get a glimpse of the top trends that await you in the New Year: U.S. construction expected to grow 6% to $712 billion “The expansion for the construction industry has been underway for several years now, with varying contributions from each of the…Read More

The Top Habits Contractors Should Kick in 2016

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The greatest accomplishment is not in ever falling, but in rising again after you fall. – Vincent T. Lombardi It’s that time of the year when contractors wrap things up and put all the wins and losses behind them. You look forward to the New Year and put down a plan, usually with some goals…Read More

Where are the Construction Project Managers?

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The construction industry is facing a labor shortage, and project managers (PMs) are among the top three hardest to find of skilled workers. Four out of five organizations report that they are struggling to find qualified PMs, and more than 20% of PMs are approaching retirement age and will need replacing. How did this shortage…Read More