Fundamentals - Construction Advice for Contractors - I've been
working in the construction business for over 30 years and have spent
over 25 of them as a General Building Contractor. It's hard to imagine
that much time has came and gone, but it has.
- Remodeling Rip Offs -
Don't Let This Happen to You If You’re a Contractor - If there's one
thing you can count on reading in the newspapers, it's a story about a
contractor who's taken advantage of a homeowner. Rarely do we you ever
find a story in the newspaper about a homeowner who took advantage of a
contractor. That's what I'm going to share with you here today.
- Becoming a
Contractor Changed My Life Forever - I started working as a
carpenter when I was young and by the time I was 25 years old, had my
contractor's license. I didn't know if I was ever going to be a building
contractor, but my dad told me to give it a shot. He said that I would
regret not having it, if the right opportunity ever came along. He was
right, but I only realized that years later.
- I Am Handling
This for a Friend - Contractor Horror Stories - Recently I went to
look at a bathroom and kitchen remodeling project and when I introduced
myself to the man I was supposed to meet with, he didn't respond in the
appropriate manner. He didn't give me his name and I couldn't get it out
- Bartering in
the Construction Business Could Be a Waste of Time - Every once in a
while, I go out to give an estimate to a unsuspecting predator who wants
to barter for my materials and services. The word predator is probably a
little too harsh, but most of the time, these types of people are only
interested in bartering, if there going to be getting a better deal than
- If It's on the Plans, You
Better Put It in the House -
The advice that I am about to give you, is from years of experience as a
home builder and home remodeler. I have built so many things, so many
different ways and am familiar with so many different types of building
systems that it would make your head spin right off of your body.
- The Dog That Kept
Jumping off of the Roof - Room Addition Contractors - I was building
a two-story room addition one time and the homeowners really didn't seem
like they were interested in taking care of their dog. I would often
clean up the dog poop in the backyard,
- Meticulous Homeowners Can Be a
Contractor's Worst Nightmare - It was probably around 20 years ago
when I built a two-story room addition in one of the worst rainy
seasons, Southern California ever seen. Both of the homeowners were
extremely meticulous people and I was about to learn one of the greatest
lessons in my life as a contractor.
- You're Not Going to Believe This One -
Roofing Contractor Installs Roof on The Wrong House - It was
probably about 15 years ago when me and another contractor were working
for a roofing contractor, when every once in a while, something out of
the ordinary happens.
- How to Make More Money As a
Remodeling Contractor - I hope that there aren't any homeowners
reading this article, because I could be giving away some very important
secrets about home remodeling. If you're a homeowner and not a
remodeling contractor you should stop reading the article right here.
- The Science of the Homeowners Mind
- Building Contractor Secrets - I worked for a general contractor one
time who worked for a Project manager that majored in psychology. This
man would often lose his temper around people that he knew, but rarely
lost his temper around people that he didn't.
- Seven Reasons Why You Should Quit
Contracting and Find Another Job - I've been a licensed general
building contractor for over 20 years now and have been working in the
construction business since 1978. I don't know how many times I've
thought about quitting, but haven't yet.
- Contractors Lose Thousands of Jobs
Each Year, Because They're Right And Their Clients Are Wrong - It
doesn't matter what type of contractor you are, if you run into a
situation where the homeowner is right and they're trying to make you
wrong, this isn't going to be a good situation to be in. Contractors
lose thousands of jobs each year, because their right and their clients
are wrong and it isn't getting any better.
- 10 Mistakes Contractors Make
– Home Building and Remodeling - I'm not suggesting that every
contractor makes every one of these mistakes, but I would imagine that
most contractors have made them in the past. If you're starting out as a
home building or remodeling contractor,
- Remodeling Contractors That
Are Saving People's Lives - Most remodeling contractors don't think
twice about the work they are doing, but I'm here to tell you that your
job is very important and I would like to tell you why.
- Scam Alert Warning for Contractors
Dealing with Unscrupulous Homeowners - Almost every story then I
read in the newspaper is about contractors that are scamming the
homeowners. This story is going to be something a little different, it's
about homeowners that don't think twice about scamming contractors.
- The Homeowner’s Who Lied to the
Contractor And Got Caught - Every once in a while, the contractor
wins and this is one of those stories. This actually happened to me
while I was working on a job for one of my best clients, cousins. I will
never forget this as long as I live.
- Remodeling Contractors
Advice to Dealing with Foreigners - During one of my many bathroom
remodeling adventures, I ran across a family that was from India who had
only been in the country for a few years and was interested in
remodeling their bathroom. I was the second contractor that they
contacted but not the one that they hired.
- Inspirational Story That
Changed One Home Improvement Contractors Life Forever - I have been
writing and sharing my stories with thousands of people, all over the
United States and the story that I'm about to tell you, happen to
someone that I truly enjoyed working with. This person's life changed
forever, because one man chose to share something special with him.
- 5 Stupid Things
Contractors Say When They're Mad - I've been in the construction
business for quite some time now and have witnessed plenty of
contractors say things that they regret later on, simply because they
were upset at someone else. Here's five stupid things contractors say
when they're mad.
- 5 Things Contractors Won't Tell
Homeowners- Common Courtesy - One of the biggest problems in
business today is communication and if you can't communicate
effectively, you're going to have problems doing business. Here's 5
things contractors won't tell homeowners and some of these things
usually effect their business.
- Big Problems between
Contractors and Procrastinators - If you're a building or remodeling
contractor and you've never had to deal with a procrastinator before, I
suggest that you pay attention to the information on this page. One of
the biggest mistakes that I made was working with a procrastinator that
couldn't make up his mind and it cost me a fortune.
- How to Score Big Points with the
Homeowner - Remodeling Contractor Tips - If you're serious about
staying in business for a long time and you like working in the
remodeling business, I would like to share a couple of things with you
that could help you score big points with the homeowner.
- Home Remodeling Contractor Finds the
Perfect Client - The other day I was talking to another remodeling contractor and they
were telling me a story about someone they were working for. I couldn't
believe my ears as the contractor continued telling me nothing but good
news about this client and what a wonderful time he had working for her.
- What Happens to the Remodeling
World When New House Construction Stops? - I read a book along time
ago about the remodeling business. It stated that there is always going
to be a need for home remodeling contractors and that this is an
excellent business to be in. One of the things that this book forgot to
mention, was what happens to the remodeling world when new house
- Contractors That Make It
through Tough Economic Times - The more that I think about it, the
more I remember about the lessons I learned from the construction
companies that I used to work for. The contractors that made it through
the tough economic times were usually the contractors that really knew
how to run and operate a construction company.
- Five Rules That Every Home
Remodeling Contractor Should Follow - There is plenty of information
out there for homeowners about contractors, but there is very little
information about homeowners that home remodeling contractors should be
aware of. Here are five simple rules that every home remodeling
contractor should follow.
- Building Contractor's Worst
Nightmare - There is nothing worse than a homeowner who doesn't know
what they want or what they want the project to actually look like. This
has got to be the building contractor's worst nightmare and I would like
to send a special message to any contractor who hasn't been through this
- Five Reasons Homeowners
Get Furious at Contractors - One of the worst things that can happen
during any home remodeling project is to create a problem that can't be
solved by the homeowner or the contractor. Here are five reasons that
homeowners get furious at contractors.
- Client Excuses For
Contractors and My Solutions - I have heard almost every excuse that
you could possibly think of, but every once in a while someone comes up
with a new one that I've never heard before and I let them know what I
think of them and their excuses.
- Bathroom Remodeling
Contractors Can Avoid Homeowner Nightmares - Working in the
construction business for more than three decades and dealing with
hundreds of clients and thousands of people, has taught me one thing and
that's to be selective about who I choose to work for. Don't work for
homeowners that are going to create a nightmare for your construction
- Don't Just Work for Anyone - Advice to
Remodeling Contractors - Often contractors seem to need work more
than the homeowners seek the services of contractors, but I would like
to give anyone in their remodeling business, a little bit of advice,
when it comes to selecting the right homeowners to work for.
- Contractors Need to Be Nice to
Homeowners - I have been dealing with both contractors in homeowners
for many years now and one of the biggest problems I have with each one
of them, is their ability to be cruel and mean. Once they become
irritated, they can often say cruel things that they might not mean and
might not ever be able to take back.
- Bathroom Contractor Safety
- This article isn't about contractors using the bathrooms safely, it's
about contractors working on someone's house, remodeling a bathroom.
When working on any part of the home, a contractor and his workers
should think and work safely on any project, but working in a bathroom
with more than one person can become a contractors safety nightmare.
- Contractors Dream Come True
- The Ultimate Referral Slot Machine - It was about 15 years ago
when I met a woman who consistently provided my construction company
with work. This lady was truly any contractors dream come true. Every
job that she sent me was already pre-sold. She told everyone that she
knew about me and she turned out to be the ultimate referral slot
machine. I really couldn't believe my luck.