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Mistakes to Avoid When Hiring Roofing Contractors

When it comes to an area like Houston, Texas that face hurricanes on a regular basis, you’re likely to find a wide selection of roofing contractors- it’s a much needed service. However, with so many companies available, you’re likely to run into one who can’t be trusted. Make sure you avoid these mistakes when hiring roofing contractors.

1. Not reading the contract before you sign it- The purpose of a contract is to ensure that both parties abide by the set rules. The roofer wants to make sure he gets paid when he does the work. Seems fair enough, right? Well, in the roofing business, not all contracts are created equally. While some roofing contractors just want guaranteed payment, those with less integrity may try to really stick it to you with some outrageous things thrown into the contract. With that in mind, read the contract thoroughly before you sign … Read More

Home Building Contractors – Why Do My Clients Hate Me?

Most Building Contractors I know get it wrong. They place their priorities on the project, rather than on their clients.

 

Why is that? As simple as it seems to say that the customer comes first, in home building, it’s not an easy task. I can definitely empathize with the builder. The more complicated and personal a provided service is the greater the risk that clients will become confused, emotional, and eventually accusatory.

 

A Home Builder or Baby Sitter?

 

A complaint I often hear is that builders want to be builders, not baby sitters. Builders want to do what they do best … build! Isn’t that the job after all? And by doing their best to build a beautiful home, won’t that satisfy the customer? Whether or not that makes sense, the fact is, it usually doesn’t work.

 

The reason many builders think like this is they … Read More

The Facility Security Clearance – How Defense Contractors Get Clearances

Before a defense contractor can perform on a classified contact, it must be approved for a security clearance. You might familiar with security clearances for people, but defense contractor facilities must also be approved for security clearances called a facility clearance (FCL). Having an FCL doesn’t mean that a particular building is approved for a clearance, but rather the determination is based on the entity. For example, a defense contractor facility may be a sole proprietorship, a limited liability company, corporation, university or other recognized establishment. It is the organization itself and not the building that gets the clearance.

A company cannot process itself for a clearance. The clearance is based on a legitimate classified contract from either a government entity or other prime contractor. A company can bid on a classified contract even if it does not possess an FCL. However, it must receive the FCL prior to beginning … Read More

HVAC Contractors for Commercial Buildings – 5 Things To Look For

HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) systems are used for the heating and cooling of residential and commercial buildings. They also have an extra benefit that most people are unaware of: many HVAC systems are able to purify the air inside a building while maintaining a constant temperature.

Such systems are able to remove contaminants that include chemicals, organic compounds, and odors. If these systems are well taken care of they help create a fresh and comfortable environment in the building wherever they have been installed.

As these systems are proving to be the most efficient and cost effective out on the market, companies all over the country are installing them in increasing numbers, and there are many reasons why you should have a system installed as well. There are, however, some things to be aware of when installing your own HVAC system.

Once you have decided you are interested … Read More

The Importance Of Having A Contractor’s License

This is the era of businesses, and what most businessmen want is profit from their investment. And that is the most important thing for any investor or entrepreneur out there. The owners of a new project send requests for quotes to a number of bidders. For instance, if an owner wants to install a new cooling tower, they may send invitations to several companies to have a look at their existing towers for easy assessment of quotes. Usually, licensed contractors are invited to bid since it’s the safer route for the investors. Let’s know more about the important of having a contractor’s license.

In the past, the trend was to choose a bidder with the lowest bed. The purpose was to save cost while hiring the best professional. On the other hand, trends have changed in the here and now. Nowadays, low bidders don’t get the license to carry out … Read More

The Ten Most Common Billing Mistakes Contractors Make

Government contractors, particularly those who are new to government work and are working for a DoD agency, often face delays when submitting vouchers for payment. There are two common reasons why delays happen: the clerk processing the vouchers has a very different agenda from the contractor, and there are common mistakes on the vouchers themselves that can cause the vouchers to be kicked back to the contractor for correction.

First, contractors have to remember that the clerk who first processes vouchers has different priorities from the contractor:

• The clerical person responsible for processing vouchers doesn’t usually care whether the contractor gets paid or not. His/her goal is to process the paperwork if it’s correct, and kick it back if it isn’t.

• The clerical person processing those bills isn’t very knowledgeable beyond the narrow scope of his/her job. He/she won’t think, “Ohh, the bill says this, but it must … Read More

On Hiring the Best Metal Roofing Contractors for Quality Work

Roofs are an essential part of any sturdy home. And over the years, this component of every home has evolved for the benefit of users. Gone are the days of leaking roofs and having to replace them every once in a while. Right now, there is what we call metal roofing that can last for a long time and is practically durable for any weather condition. But in order to have the best roof over your head, you will need to employ the best contractor. The last thing you want is a roof that deteriorates easily. So how do you choose the best?

Check out What Services They Offer

Look it up online or go to the contractor’s local office and ask about the things that the offer. There are usually a lot of roofing services available and it will be the customer’s prerogative to choose which one will suit … Read More

Dust Control: A Simple Way for Builders and Contractors To Impress Customers While Saving Money

The creation of dust during construction and remodeling activities is a common problem among contractors. To reduce clean up, contractors typically want to contain messy, dusty areas as much possible. The best way to do this is to invest in dust control supplies. Dust control includes any item that limits the spread of debris to a single well-contained area. Dust control products include temporary barrier systems, plastic sheeting, floor and cabinet coverings, shoe covers, and other supplies.

Contractors should use dust control because it is a great way to save money and impress customers. Dust control products improve customer satisfaction and increase referrals by showing customers that you care about minimizing messes from dust, debris, and other construction materials. Since dust control contains dust generated in the work area, it makes clean up quicker and more efficient, saving you money on labor costs.

Temporary barrier systems such as ZipWall create … Read More

Top 5 Attributes Professional Painting Contractors Should Have

Whenever you are hiring a painter to give your home a makeover, do not only think about the price, but also consider the other attributes painting contractors in Seattle should possess. While cost is certainly a determining factor, the following qualities should also be taken into consideration.

1. Time of operation – How long has your contractor been in the industry? How long has he been working in your area? If your painter has been moving around a lot, he may be running from some very angry customers. Reliable painting contractors in Seattle will show consistency.

2. Contract agreement – A well organized painter will hand you a detailed contract in which all the work he is going to do is outlined, as well as a starting date and date of completion. The agreement is well formulated and printed on letterhead. A handwritten note on a plain piece of paper … Read More

Things to Consider Before Hiring Asphalt Paving Contractors

More and more people now are opting for asphalt paving instead of concrete for their driveways as asphalt paving has a number of advantages over concrete paving. Not only asphalt ensures a hard durable surface, it also prevents cracking during a freeze or thaw cycle. Paving asphalt is also easier and quicker than paving using concrete. But to get the best results from your asphalt, it is necessary that you hire a good asphalt-paving contractor to do the job for you.

Finding a reliable asphalt contractor can be quite difficult. But, if you ask your friends and acquaintances for references and search online for contractors, you will be able to locate a good contractor in no time. Ask for quotes from at least three short listed asphalt-paving contractors and opt for one that suits your requirement and budget the best. But, if you see a huge difference (more than $1000) … Read More