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

Monday, May 15, 2017

The Business of Building

Some of what the book contains is idealistic, as I believe that life and by extension business should be an ongoing effort to improve and expand. Some of what it says will be obvious one day, but when starting out simple things are often not obvious at all. Some of it is my opinion, with all the shortcomings they contain, and there are ideas that contradict each other because there is no one right way to run a job, hire an employee, or establish and manage a business. And yet, The Elements of Building gets to the heart of the business and addresses much of what will be encountered along the way. 

Monday, May 08, 2017

SF & LF estimating

Square foot (SF) and linear foot (LF) are units of measure: total SF of siding or plywood or total LF of copper pipe or gutter and downspout, for example. SF/LF pricing is used in stick and unit estimating, but it can also be used as a stand alone method for certain types of work—simple decks, blacktopping a driveway, or replacing asphalt shingles, for example—and it can be useful when providing preliminary pricing during the early stages of a project’s development. But SF/LF pricing fails quickly—and should not be used—if you don’t have reliable cost data, if you are unfamiliar with the construction method, or if the site or the work is nonstandard. Other downsides to SF/LF pricing are that, if something must be added or removed from the estimate, there are few details available to adjust, and, because you are not breaking the project into it smaller parts, it is easier to miss nonstandard items.
EOB, Types & Parts of Estimates 
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Sunday, April 30, 2017


The image of your company, its physical appearance, matters. Customers hire individuals and companies that are clean-cut and well organized because they believe that it indicates competence, quality, and professionalism. And they believe this because, on balance, it does. 

EOB, Rules, Ethics, & Opinions

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Monday, April 24, 2017

SAFETY: freedom from injury or risk

The pain of a person hurt is obvious, less obvious are the ways a company suffers; job disruption, lost income, rising insurance costs, poor morale, schedule changes, and possible legal issues. A safe job is the direct result of the effort and resources that a company gives to safety, and the investment pays for itself a thousand fold, although the return is measured by what does not happen.

EOB, Rules, Ethics, & Opinions

Monday, April 17, 2017

financial planning

While accounting tracks the flow of money, financial planning manages money to produce the maximum growth and to meet specific goals, such as building financial reserves, eliminating debt, or saving for college and retirement.    EOB, Financial Notes 

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

education within the company

Offer ongoing education to employees. Share relevant articles, have company classes on important issues, ask people inside the company to teach what they know best, invite folks from outside—suppliers, subs, retired builders—to teach their specialty, buy trade magazine subscriptions for key employees, and send your best people to seminars and trade shows when you can afford it. from EOB, Builder Notes

Monday, March 20, 2017

table of content for The Elements of Building

Rules, Ethics, Opinions, Honesty, Integrity, Communication, Education, Quality, Attitude, Image, Vision, Goals, Persistence, Safety, Pacing, Fear, Marketing, Sales, Money, Overhead, Profit, Management, Administration, Business Skills, The Business Of Building, Gratitude, Humility, Builder, Building, Residential Building, Residential Business, Builder Notes, Principles, Business Strategies, Practices Off & On The Job, Human Relations, Being A Builder, Participants, Personnel, Personnel Notes, Miscellaneous, Hiring, Employee Relations, Firing, Subcontractor, Subcontractor Notes, Sub, Subs, Finding Subs, Bidding, Contracts, Licenses, Insurance, Managing Subs, Suppliers, Supplier Notes, Selecting Suppliers, Working With Suppliers, Customer, Client, Owner, Customer Notes, Getting Work, Pricing, Job Preparation, On The Job, Planning, Zoning, Codes, Inspections, Planning, Zoning Notes, Miscellaneous, Professionals, Professionals Notes, Accounting; Bookkeeper, Accountant, CPA, Accounting Notes, Miscellaneous, Computer Programs And Systems, Computers, Programs, CPA's, Accountants, Bookkeepers, Practices, Financial Planning, Financial Advisor, Bankers, Lenders, Loans, Consultant, Consultant Notes, Hiring Consultants, Working With Consultants, Designer, Designer Notes, Principles, Bidding With Designers, Hiring Designers, On The Job, Design-Build Versus Design-Bid-Build, Engineering, Engineer, Engineering Notes, Home Inspection, Home Inspector, Home Inspection Notes, Insurance, Agent, Broker, Insurance Notes, Selecting A Broker/Agent, Managing Insurance, Claims, Lawyer, Attorney, Lawyer Notes, Real Estate Broker/Agent, Real Estates Notes, Choosing An Agent, Working With Agents, Buying And Selling, Contracts, Estimating, Types & Parts Of Estimates, Types Of Contracts, Ways In Which Jobs Are Contracted, Estimating Notes, Principles, Creating An Estimate, Estimates And Clients, Bidding, Bidding Notes, Principles, Process, Clients, Money, Money Definitions, Money Notes, Principles, Strategies, Money And Jobs, Terms & Definitions, Appendix, Lists, Forms, Contracts, Examples, Site Visit Check List, New Home Construction Schedule, Draw Schedule, Draw Schedule, Subcontractor Agreement, Small Job Contract, Change Order, Construction Index, Pre-qualifying Client Phone Interview, Client Interview, Bibliography, General Construction, Estimating, Construction References Construction Standards, Indexes, Specifications, Codes, Magazines, Periodicals, Inspirational Business Books, Printed Forms, Catalogs, Residential Construction, Home Building, The Business Of Building, Building, Construction, Trades, Tradesmen, Subs, Subcontractors, Contractor, Contracts, Money, Managing Money, Ethics, Residential Building, Residential Builder, Residential, New Home Builder, New Home Building, Building Business, New Home, Custom Building, Custom New Home Builder, Custom New Home, Sub, Subs, Subcontractor, Change Orders, Allowance, Allowances, Building Book, Building Books, Builder, Builders, Design Build, Design Building, On The Job, Managing A Job Site, Managing A Job, Bidding, Estimating, Bidding Defined, Estimating Defined, Licenses, Accounting, Bookkeeping, Financial Planning, For Builders, Financial Planning For Tradesmen, Money, Savings, Construction Definitions, Definitions Building, Building Definitions

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