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10 Questions to ask When Preparing a Variation Claim

April 9, 2019

10 Questions to ask When Preparing a Variation Claim

In the course of every construction project, there will be delays, changes, and extra work. In order that the contractor is compensated for the time and additional costs incurred by these events, the contractor must submit a variation claim to the client. Clients don’t usually volunteer to pay contractors extra – even when they know […]

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We All Need Time Off Work

April 2, 2019

We All Need Time off Work

Construction is hard work and often involves long hours at work, sometimes lengthy commutes, and some projects even require that we spend nights away from home. We may leave home in the dark and return when after sundown. Often the kids are already tucked up in bed when we get home, or certainly, we’ve missed […]

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Who Is Responsible for Quality on Your Construction Project?

April 1, 2019

Who Is Responsible for Quality on Your Construction Project?

  Poor quality ruins a reputation and it costs money to repair. Frequently contractors remain long after the project has been completed to repair defects. Sometimes contractors have to return long after they left the project site to repair problems caused by their poor workmanship. Think about it… would you want to return to a […]

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How Time Off Work Impacts Your Construction Project

March 26, 2019

How Time Off Work Impacts Your Construction Project

Every company has rules for when a person can take time off and often these are based on the country and state regulations. Some companies have more generous policies, and in some instances, union agreements may influence the time that employees can have off work. The time off could be annual vacations, statutory holidays, long […]

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Make the Most of Spring Weather in Your Construction Projects

March 19, 2019

Make the Most of Spring Weather in Your Construction Projects

Spring has finally arrived… or anyway, we hope it’s just around the corner! For some, it’s been a cold winter of snow, while other parts of the country have suffered through winter rain storms. This has hampered and slowed work, often costing projects money. Spring brings a new beginning and new opportunities on our construction […]

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Pricing a Project Using Facts, Estimates, and Contingencies

March 12, 2019

Pricing a Project Using Facts, Estimates, and Contingencies.

When clients and owners prepare project budgets they often confuse real costs, estimates, and contingencies. This can result in budgets that are too low, meaning they run out of money before the project is completed. Alternatively, when budgets are too high the project appears to be too expensive and unviable and it’s canceled. Contractors also […]

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Do You Work Around Inconveniences On Your Construction Projects?

March 5, 2019

Do You Work Around Inconveniences On Your Construction Projects?

A few months back my wife was away for a couple of weeks visiting her mother. I had a few maintenance items to sort out around the house and needed tools and various items from the tool cupboard in the garage. Unfortunately, my wife had left her car parked too close to the cupboard so […]

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Your Construction Project is in Trouble – Who are you Going to Blame?

February 26, 2019

Your Construction Project is in Trouble – Who are you Going to Blame?

Many construction projects get in trouble and project managers are good at finding someone, or something to blame. It’s usually the poor estimator who cops the brunt of the blame. Listening to many construction project managers you would think that all estimators make mistakes and every construction project is only completed successfully because of the […]

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What is Construction Material Management?

February 20, 2019

What Is Construction Material Management?

The construction sector contributed US$ 641 billion to the US economy in the second quarter of 2018. This ever-increasing growth has led to excessive competition in the sector making it extremely critical for construction companies to continually reinvent their business strategies in order to stay ahead of competitors. But a persistent problem for most construction […]

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Daily Reporting – How To Do It Right

February 12, 2019

Daily Reporting How To Do It Right

A contractor’s daily reports are critical. In many instances, they are considered key evidence showing what actually occurred at specific times on the job. And since people’s memories fade, those trying to get the truth will likely rely heavily on what the daily reports say happened (especially when presented with a corroborating witness). The problem […]

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