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February 25, 2015

Technology in retail has greatly advanced over the past several years, not only for consumers, but for professional customers as well. Sometimes new technology can seem intimidating or like a hassle. It doesn’t have to be.

February 25, 2015

Black Friday marks the biggest day in retail – providing you with an opportunity to save money on the tools that help you do high-quality work faster and more efficiently.
 

February 25, 2015

The Home Depot is dedicated year-round to providing builders, remodelers and other contractors with a customized shopping experience that helps them save time and money.

February 25, 2015

Day in and day out, you’re faced with challenges – finding skilled labor, differentiating yourself from competitors and navigating ever-changing regulations.

February 25, 2015

Repairing or remodeling a bathroom that meets and exceeds a client’s expectations while staying on budget can be a challenging and time-consuming task.

February 16, 2015

With buyers still relatively scarce, home builders have to be shrewder than ever with their sales and marketing strategies in order to be competitive. If “build it, and they will come” was ever true, it certainly is not now.

A new book out called ‘The Elements of Building: A Business Handbook for Residential Builders and Tradesmen’ by Mark Kerson is a valuable read.

 

Many winterization jobs are simple enough to add into your scope without adding substantial time or cost to ongoing jobs, and a few simple upgrades to your toolbox can help you knock it out even more quickly and effectively.

Firefighting is a well-known management term for, well running around like a headless chicken doing work that is actually not productive or profit making.

January 27, 2015

With their laser focus on the 55-and-older market, I wonder if home builders and developers might be overlooking an emerging niche: singles (photo: Four Lights Tiny House Co.).

Engineered to provide strength and consistency, Weyerhaeuser’s Trus Joist® TJI® joists are one of the most fundamental components of a solid, high-performance floor system.

This link is to a free presentation on the National Housing Quality Award. It provides an introduction to  how it functions, its implementation, management, impact, self-assessment and the application process.

Looking for a New Year Resolution? How much more effective could your organization become if it were to take steps to enhance its culture of quality?

Remodelers around the country cited increased demand among homeowners for kitchen upgrades in 2014, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

When designing a wood-framed floor system for residential projects, building to meet the applicable codes is only one step in the design process. Having met code requirements, there is an array of choices a designer must consider that impact the day-to-day use of the floor.

So often the thought for increasing profit is to build more homes. When in fact, the easiest way to increase profit is to reduce the Cost of Poor Quality.

Cost of Quality (COQ) consists of:

Prevention Costs

Appraisal Costs

Failure Costs

Design trends come and go, but one change that’s likely permanent is homebuyers’ desire for more open floor plans that provide a better space for entertaining, encourage interaction, and open up interior rooms to more natural light.

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