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How Contractors Can Address the Material Shortage Crisis

June 16, 2021

It’s official, there is a worldwide shortage of many construction materials, causing prices to escalate and projects to be delayed. While this may not be breaking news to contractors, the continuing shortage has started to have real effect throughout in the industry. Here are some things that contractors can do to proactively address material shortages on their projects.

Top Construction Management Apps for 2021

June 9, 2021

If you’re looking for an app to improve efficiency and coordination with your employees and construction project team members, there are several useful options to choose from. All apps have things they do well and things they don’t do well. There’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to tech, so we’ve put together a list of construction management apps to help you make the best decision for your company.

Ways to Find Subcontractors for Out of Town Work

June 2, 2021

If you’re expanding to a new location or bidding on work outside of your usual service area, it can be tough to find subcontractors to bid construction projects. You need to find reliable subs who will bid the work and provide quality performance for your customer, but you also need to find subs who can do the work economically. Here are six ways you can expand your reach to find subcontractors for out of town construction projects.

What Construction Contractors Can Learn from Tracking Their Bid Results

May 26, 2021

Do you know which construction projects you are most likely to win when you submit a bid? Do you know what your bid hit rate is? Do you know where most of your leads come from? Do you know which projects you should stay away from? All of the questions above can be answered when contractors track bid results. The more information you track, the more detailed your analysis and the more you’ll learn. But even if you’re only tracking bid wins and losses, there’s a great deal you can learn that can help you improve your bid success rate and increase profits.

How to Use Project Data to Improve Construction Estimates

May 19, 2021

How do you know what to charge for a project? Contractors can improve the accuracy of their estimates by using cost data from their own past projects. Most construction estimators start by determining the potential costs for performing the work, then mark them up to cover their overhead expenses and profit. The cost of the work is often based on industry averages or educated guesses. Using these figures doesn’t take into consideration the differences between companies, including their level of overhead, and differences in location, which can lead to overinflated estimates.

The Future of Infrastructure Construction in 2021

May 12, 2021

No matter which side of the aisle you’re on, there’s no denying that America’s infrastructure needs serious help right away. It appears that lawmakers are finally prioritizing investment in critical needs like transportation, water safety, utilities, and bridges. There’s legislation currently being debated that could provide a major influx of federal funds to help the nation’s aging infrastructure.

7 Great Marketing Ideas for Your Construction Contracting Business

May 5, 2021

Are you looking to expand your marketing efforts for your construction contracting business? Or have you simply run out of marketing ideas? Spreading the word about your contracting company is key to getting more work. If potential customers don’t know you exist, they can’t hire you.

Maximizing Your Website to Get More Leads

April 28, 2021

Having a website is a great way to attract customers. It can sell 24 hours a day, seven days a week. And once you get it set up, it only requires periodic updating to keep it fresh. But what should you put on your website to help you get more leads? In order to be found online, you have to satisfy both search engines and potential customers. If you don’t satisfy the search engines, customers will never discover you, and if you don’t satisfy potential customers, you won’t get any leads. We’ll take a look at the information you should have on your website to satisfy both the search engines and potential customers.

What to Look for in Construction Project Management Software

April 6, 2021

The key to selecting the right construction project management software for your company is to develop a list of “must have’s” and “like to have’s” and prioritize them. By shopping around, you can discover new features you didn’t even know were available. To help you in your search, we've gathered some key characteristics to look for in construction project management software.

What to Look for in Construction Bid Estimating Software

April 20, 2021

Shopping for bid estimating software can be difficult because there are so many programs and options to choose from. We’ve put together a list of five things you need to look for when shopping for construction estimating software. This list should help you narrow your search.

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