How to Save Costs by Reducing Last-Minute Client Change Orders

How to Save Costs by Reducing Last-Minute Client Change Orders

Of all the frustrating costly things that can be involved in a construction project, change orders are by far the most problematic. While some change orders can’t be avoided, as the project reveals a necessary change in plans to reach completion, an unfortunate and problematic number of last-minute changes come from the client themselves. They…

Construction Estimating Process

Construction Estimating Process

With the internet and the increasing number of projects that are open to bid, contractors are looking for technology to help them expedite the estimating process. They need a standardized, accurate, formulaic method to estimate the costs involved in projects. They need to understand the local labor regulations, expenses and supply costs. They also need…

Construction Estimating: 4 Tips to Speed up the Process

Construction Estimating: 4 Tips to Speed up the Process

Creating estimates is often a necessary part of the job as a contractor or construction company, and this process can take time. If you write out a custom list for each job you could spend hours of time researching the cost of materials, figuring out labor costs, and formatting your estimate so that it looks…

Software Solutions for Smaller Contractors

Software Solutions for Smaller Contractors

Did you know that the world’s most widely used business software, Microsoft Excel, is 30 years old? Though Excel is a relatively old dog in this digital world, it is still very popular in the construction industry for estimating, scheduling, and other project management activities. Spreadsheet pros and cons. Excel spreadsheets are familiar, easy to use and…

How Smaller Contractors Can Improve Year-Over-Year Profits

How Smaller Contractors Can Improve Year-Over-Year Profits

Smaller contractors rarely have the resources to set off a major overhaul in a short time. But, in an industry so tied to overall economic health (and therefore volatile) as construction, it’s not uncommon for contractors to run into unexpectedly tight finances. In these situations, contractors have to figure out ways to improve year-over-year profits…