This book should be required reading for every builder and tradesmen in America. Jim Fleming, carpenter/GC 40+ years

Monday, December 11, 2017

insurance

Know the difference between good and bad insurance companies. The good ones cover legitimate losses for the value of the item (minus the deductible) after confirming the claim; the bad ones begin by questioning everything and fight to pay nothing, and barring that, to pay the smallest amount possible. Research companies online and buy from the one with the best ratings. 
EOB, Insurance Notes

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Monday, December 04, 2017

marketing

Develop an active and ongoing marketing program so that you don’t get into the position of needing a job so badly that you must depreciate the value of your knowledge and skill to get work. EOB, Marketing Notes

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Monday, November 27, 2017

SUBCONTRACTORS

It takes time and effort to build relationships with a group of competent, reliable, and fairly priced subs and such a list is one of a builder’s most important assets. The more professional you are in keeping appointments, supplying thorough job documents, fair contracts, paying on time, treating them with respect, and scheduling so they can start on time, the easier it will be to find and retain the best ones. 
EOB, Subcontractor Introduction


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Monday, November 20, 2017

CUSTOMER NOTE

Avoid customers who try to squeeze lower prices or additional work out of you. If you give in to such demands to win the job, you will start in a hole, you will resent having done it, and they will continue this behavior throughout the project. Builders often believe that there is more free money in a project than there actually is and they may give some of it back to get the work, effectively buying the job. This is a downward spiral from which it is impossible to come away whole.
EOB, customer pricing note


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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

LOVE WHAT YOU DO?

If you love what you do the money will follow; no it won’t. If you work very hard, find and keep great employees, provide an excellent product, charge enough, control spending, save money, and market to the right customers it might. In a moment of exuberance people explain their success as ‘loving what they do’, but each of them touched just the right stones to cross the brook. EOB, Money Notes


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Monday, November 06, 2017

BUILDING DEPARTMENTS

In large population areas, zoning and building departments are a maze of divisions, regulations, and personalities. Always be respectful, but do not be intimidated. If you don’t understand something, ask until you do. In municipalities that are run well, working with these offices will become just another part of the entire building process. In those that are run badly, it may be up to the local builders to force them to improve. As you learn the procedures, you will know when to go along and when to push back.  EOB, Planning/Zoning Notes


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Monday, October 30, 2017

CODE BOOKS

Buy the code book(s) you will work with and study its organization and terminology. Each time a code requires something of you, study that section. If possible, take classes and attend seminars. Knowing the codes will improve your projects; submittals will contain most of what is required, estimates will include code-related costs, and there will be fewer problems as construction proceeds.

EOB, Planning/Zoning Notes


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