This expertly written handbook takes a genius approach as it teaches you business acumen specific to the construction trades. Each topic is concise, the scenarios are realistic and the tips easy to apply. This is what we've been waiting for, a builder's business book written by an experienced and thoughtful contractor.

Garrett Wade's tool catalog review of EOB

Monday, September 18, 2017


If you are a homeowner planning any sort of renovation or building project, this book [EOB] is a must read before you begin. It is aimed primarily at contractor's, but it contains concise and helpful information that will benefit everyone involved, including the customer. From hiring a house inspector, to contracts and hiring subcontractors, this book will help you understand the entire process and it will save you countless hours of frustration. The wonderful quotations throughout the book will keep you thinking and smiling.  Dorothy Freely, homeowner

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Monday, September 11, 2017

good subs

Avoid using subs you’ve had problems with. When a new job is starting, and past problems are forgotten, you may be tempted to reuse a marginal sub because it is easier than finding a new one. Don’t. Find a better sub.

EOB, Subcontractor Notes 

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Sunday, September 03, 2017

team effort

Running a company is by definition a team effort. As its leader your most important tasks are direction (vision/goals), organization (systems/efficiency), and communication (information/education).

EOB, Personnel

Monday, August 28, 2017

subs' contract

Put in every subs’ contract that, when possible, they will keep the same tradesmen on a job from start to finish. Including callbacks and warranty work. The contract should also require that the sub confer with you before changing crews. But know that such consistency is not always possible: people take vacations, get sick, are fired or quit, and some trades require different crews for different stages of their work.
EOB, Subcontractors Notes

Sunday, August 20, 2017


Employment at a construction company appeals to people from all walks of life. Many folks are not interested in a college degree or have one and dislike their field. The building business is appealing because it offers hands-on work, a tangible result, good compensation, and a team atmosphere.

EOB, Personnel Notes



Wednesday, August 16, 2017

leave material

Leave small amounts of each item used on a job for the client. This might include a bundle of shingles, a roll of wallpaper, a few pieces of siding, a can of paint, or a box of floor tiles, for example. If clients need to patch or replace damaged material, they will have an exact match, and in the future if they add or redo something, they will have a sample and the product information to make the best possible match. Leave the items in a cool dry location.
EOB, Customer Notes 

One reader wisely suggested attaching a business card to the items you leave, as a marketing tool.


Sunday, August 06, 2017

sub note

Contractually require subs to obtain, pay for, and comply with all permits and inspections. And require each sub to meet their trade’s inspector on-site if someone must be present. If you or a foreman are going to be there, you might do the sub a favor and meet the inspector, but as standard procedure the trade is responsible for meeting inspectors and taking care of any issues that arise from the inspection.
EOB, Subcontractor Notes