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Must-Haves for a Comprehensive Contract

Unless you have someone on staff who can do a Vulcan mind-meld with your customer, odds are you and your potential client will clash about something you thought you had agreed on. When that happens, you’re almost certain to refer to the contract, so the better it is, the greater the likelihood that you’ll avoid problems later. Dennis Dixon, a builder and consultant based in Flagstaff, Ariz.

When It Comes to Siding, Looks Are Everything

Beauty may be skin deep, but when it comes to siding, at least, looks are everything. Google search “siding curb appeal” and help yourself to the roughly 1.5 million links on that topic, many leading to real estate agents' pages eager to point this fact out. But here’s the paradox: The people who own the house are usually in the house, looking out, not outside the house looking in. What they’re looking at right now is their kitchen, their bathroom, their boring den.

Protect Your Jobsite Crews From the Summer Heat

On a jobsite in Kingsville, Texas, in August 2013, a worker was mixing gypsum concrete in preparation for gypcrete installation on an apartment building. It’s not a particularly taxing job, but he was doing it in direct sunlight. “He wasn’t training or doing anything that involved a lot of lifting or climbing,” says Holly Webster, director of administration at Texas-based KWA Construction, which served as the general contractor on the job.

Welcome to the Age of Big Glass

Home buyers are willing to pay more to bask in natural light and multiply living space Call it a big glass revolution. No longer bound by rules that once effectively blocked the use of oversized glass in exterior home design, residential architects, builders, and developers can now offer a dazzling natural light show that’s wowing millennial and baby boomer home buyers looking to blur the lines between indoor and outdoor life. This big glass transformation comes without “… the high energy bills, drafty interiors, outside noise, and aesthetic limitations” usually associated with big glass design, says industry analyst Mariel Behnke of The Freedonia Group, a leading international business research company. And there’s good news for builders’ bottom lines too: About three out of four surveyed home buyers say they will pay a $4,000 premium for a large retractable glass sliding door, according to independent research and advisory firm John Burns Real Estate Consulting.

How to Write a Small-Job Proposal

Some things to keep in mind when preparing a small job “proposal. ” Keep It Simple While Being CompleteI agree that you don’t want to overwhelm the client with too much detail. However, you want to protect yourself and your company from being regarded by the client as not giving them enough detail. Address the EssentialsA good proposal and estimate addresses these questions: What is the problem to be fixed?